Singled Out: Peter Baldwin's Rob The Bank
"Rob The Bank" is the only song on my EP that's fictional so creating it was nothing like working out the more truthful songs. The idea for the song came together all in one night while I was sitting in my room. I wanted to come up with a beat that would make people move differently, and I decided to tell the story of a boy with a dead end job and a wistful girlfriend. He decides they have a future as infamous bank robbers!
While recording the vocals for the track, several kids randomly showed up and the atmosphere in the studio turned into a party. I usually prefer to be on my own in a more quiet atmosphere, but being in front of a crowd gave me confidence and cool vibrations. All those cameo appearances inspired me to approach the background vocals as if my friends were in the booth with me. In some sections, there are about a dozen vocals all with different characteristics and vibrato.
The best thing about recording "Rob The Bank" was everyone's contribution on the production end. I and my mates, Vodville, went above and beyond with every sound. We layered all the instruments including the bass. We spent hours choosing the right tones, and I spent extra hours making sure everything was in the right place. The end result is something simple and fun and a perfect addition to the EP.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!