a long overdue update on Slug Comparison

Here’s a long overdue update on Slug Comparison:

I’ve been working on new songs for the past year. And I have a lot of them now at the stage where they’re ready for lyrics. That means they have verses and choruses and more or less solidified guitar parts with messily improvised solos here and there, and crappy drum programming, and a few synths, and vocal melodies and even a few harmonies. Unlike I did with the first album’s demos, I didn’t bother recording scratch bass, preferring to leave it to the pros, ie. Mike Young, when the time comes. So apart from a lack of bass, the songs are structured and organized and the result of a ridiculous amount of songwriting decisions. The remaining problems are that I’m singing gibberish and that the recordings are these awful cut and pasted, patched together, mismatched-toned, sloppily performed little wonders that would appall even the laziest audio engineer. For the most part the tracks aren’t even properly named. I’ve been berated for this on a few occasions over my recording career. In my defence, I’m always so desperately focused on sorting out the next problem in the song that I can’t seem to wrench myself away for any kind of engineering ‘housework.’

So I’m entering a cool part of the process now where I get to figure out what each song could be ‘about’ and find words to give it another layer of meaning. I don’t adhere to well to timelines for my creative output because if I’m not satisfied with something, then I just have to keep working on it. And that takes time. But my plan is to release something this year, probably late in the year. It will probably be an EP. Once that comes out, it won’t be long before there’s another EP or two or a full album. I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to batch these tunes together.
Some people might be curious about the musical direction. There’s a lot that could be considered more of the same. There’s a good mix of acoustic based songs and electric based songs. There’s one post apocalyptic sounding instrumental, which is a huge relief for me on the lyric-writing front. There are a few songs that I’ve demoed with double-kick, so I will be looking for a drummer who can take that on. There are a few songs that a few years ago I never would have been comfortable with, because they delve into major keys and sound a touch happy. Of these, a couple of them are co-written–I took this guy Matt’s guitar parts and worked them over and then wrote vocals. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in contact so he’ll be really surprised when I finally get in touch and play him what I’ve done. I can’t blame all the happiness on Matt though. I made a conscious effort to be less strict with myself and I let some happyish riffs slip through to the songwriting process. To me some of the riffs sound happy, but I was told that one of them is actually more wistful than happy. So don’t expect anything along the lines of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me.”
That’s it.
–Doug
Jan 3, 2016
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