and we laughed by Expresso Stebo

Alternative
Current Round: 1  
1.56
 

This is how it is because of how it was created. First there were these new big drum sounds, and using a drum track I wrote the words and sang them to the drums, making the melody up as I went. Sure, I had a simple seed idea in the hey, hey, come today super simple intro, but it just filled out on its own. Then this mix was sent to Probity, and he created the bass and guitar tracks. These are all very early takes, so there is a gut reaction to the drums and vocals that makes it sound like it does, and I like that beautiful unthought out quality it exudes.
So the original vocals were replaced due to too much reverb, and I added the synth for fun, and then I listened to it a lot and decided I like it a lot in its current state of imperfection.

I consider this quintessential new Expresso Stebo. It has a generally upbeat message with a good dose of irony. But beyond that it has a big rock sound that is fairly original, I think. It won't be our best song, for me the melody is the weak point, and some of the lyrics are cliche, but it is nonetheless for me one of them, perhaps because the significance of the words as a whole is so personally true.

I don't consider this experimental as much as alternative. Enjoy!

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This is from the same band as the first track i think-but far more effective as a listening experience -being as it actually resembles a song -the words seem to be written with an actual song in mind

At its best (the beginning part ) it sounds in the spirit n vibe of something off Bowies Scary Monsters...
The first 3 verse parts are darkly crooned skillfully creating an atmosphere out of those see-sawing 2 chords before the spoken voice came in...

The 'oh how we laughed' and 'hey hey come the day' are decent natural hooks -but sung often as they are -behind the beat and surrounded by the rapidly disintegrating undisciplined chaos of the music as the track progresses -it prob takes a trained musician (i.e me) to appreciate them..My guess is an average listener wouldn't - and would just switch off with all the chaos..

Steve Ison

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well ... though 'alternative' is an ever changing genre and has been since it's inception in the early 90's - this isn't alt. what it is - is a bit off the wall rock. and a bit indie ... in the alternative sense of indie.

but that aside, in it's own way, there's things in this song to be appreciated. there's also much to be disdained but it might have appeal to a unique niche group who are into the raw and sloppy mish mash of musical ideas in the tune.

the recording and mix are suspect but it's arguably listenable as is ...
I like the prominent level of the drums, with the vox sitting just above. basic guitar volume is mostly just about right and the extras in the soundscape do sit pretty comfortably. the eq of the drums needs just a bit of tweaking - probably just some multi-band compression ... the axe tones and sound is actually good. the bass representation is all over the place and needs some massive compression/expansion. the keys pop in and out as near solo expressions well. so - all in all, tho there are loads of minor adjustments that could stand to be made - it's just really not that bad. the vox could probably stand some effects envelopes to allow the desired verb to cut through in the appropriate spots but remove it during times where it's not possible to hear the verb but only add noise to the mix.

on the performance and parts ... there's a little air here and there due to arrangement choices that's good. parts come and go and add dynamics and interst. and honestly, there really weren't any parts played that didn't sound just about right. tonally intact and progression strong. the musical concept was sound and interesting - it strayed off the beaten path here and there sometimes and that worked mostly - though a couple of times it did leave a WTF impression on even my most imaginative musical sense but it worked cus I was considering what I figured was the musicians intent. which was to take something pretty standard and make it their own. I'm cool with that if I think the players knew the landscape and just decided to shake it up.

the vocals are a mixed bag .... I am not a fan of doubling lead vocals if the singer can't pull off a bit more synchronicity that this. I understand the doubling but the fact that the 2 tracks have such wildly off phrasing and timing is a turn off. and letting that secondary track venture off into harmony here and there doesn't work either. set up a separate track for that and treat it differently in the mix.

but the voice is pretty good. not a great textbook singer, in fact, barely passable from a technical standpoint but the confidence and comfort of the vocalist helped the track. I also noticed that although the words didn't mean much to me, and in fact, seemed a paradox to the melody and chords - being as it's a song about laughing and the sound is dark, the words seemed to flow along pretty well despite it's somewhat flawed assumption that anyone is all that interested in your problem or your wordy and all too specific story.

ohhh and the spoken word part? lose it. it sucks. your speaking voice is boring and non eventful - you'll do better as a singer than an orator or actor. it is the ultimate low point in the song and probably turns off everyone who hears it besides you. you ain't the greatest singer but you're far better at it than you are at conversational and/or dramatic speaking.

so then ... lots of plus points. some low spots. but all in all, a solid 6 out of 10 - and for those that dig the off the wall off the map approach, it might even go as high as an 8 - or maybe just short of it ....

so YOU laugh.

cjdenecia

Lyrics

and we laughed
by Steve Bancroft

hey, hey, come today
the time is growing ever so near
we’ll fly above the dappled clouds
and therein disappear

and for a while we cannot see
too blinded by the haze
and wander lost as if we’re tossed
into an endless maze

Everybody’s got their own ideas
and they don’t change easily
so get in line with rest of us fools
and try to wait patiently

it did not go well
and we laughed
it went perfectly well
and we laughed
we said hello
and we laughed
we said goodbye
and we laughed

Long Bridge:

Spoken during Long Bridge:

everybody knows the questions
and nobody knows the answers
that much is perfectly clear
but what comes next matters most
and its time is always near
so in the absence of order
in the presence of chaos
in the pain of dear losses
try to do what in your heart of hearts
you know is right
sure, try to follow the rules
but always after your heart
and most of all, laugh!

we pondered the future
and we laughed
we dredged up the past
and we laughed
we stepped on the grass
and we laughed
we picked up our trash
and we laughed

we talked on the phone
and we laughed
about love and hate
living and dying
music and politics
and things we were trying
and we laughed
and we laughed

Short Bridge:

there was too much work
and we laughed
we needed a job
and we laughed
we stepped on the scale
and we laughed
we cast our votes
and we laughed

we risked our lives
and we laughed
we sat on the couch
and we laughed
it could have been worse
and we laughed
and again we survived
and we laughed

hey, hey, come today
the time is growing ever so near
we’ll fly above the dappled clouds
and therein disappear

and for a while we cannot see
too blinded by the haze
and wander lost as if we’re tossed
into an edgeless maze

hey, hey, come today
the time is growing ever so near...
and we laughed...