antiMusic Logo
Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds
spacer

August Burns Red Singled Out Week: The First Step

06/28/2013
.
August Burns Red released their brand new studio album, "Rescue & Restore" this week and to celebrate we asked drummer Matt Greiner to tell us about some of his favorite songs. Today he tells us about "The First Step". Here is the story:

The very first song I put drumstick to drums for was The First Step. I probably spent 3 days on the first 10 seconds of the song. With any record I write, it's typically the case that the first song takes exponentially longer to complete than the rest of the album. That was definitely the case with this song.

The drumbeat over the second riff in the song was inspired by the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire. I was watching that movie one night and heard a beat in the background of a horrific torture scene where the bad guy is manipulating the children he's enslaved into begging for money. I loved how the drums sounded and went straight to the practice space and wrote a similar rendition of the beat I had just heard.

My favorite part about The First Step is the chaotic section near the beginning where the snare drum hits accent the dissonant note that JB and Brent play. I love how the riff keeps going in the same direction and the drums compliment it in a number of different ways.

One interesting note about the process of recording drums for this song is the fact that I broke a stick while tracking and just kept on playing through the end. The funniest thing about it is that we actually kept the take and you can't even hear the broken stick in the mix. Strange!

The song ends the same way it begins, giving The First Step a nice conclusive feeling. The drum roll at the end was inspired by my friend Brandon (ABR videographer) who bothered me for 2 years about doing a repeating single stroke roll around the drum-kit. I wrote and recorded it for him!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

August Burns Red CDs, DVDs and MP3s

August Burns Red T-shirts and Posters

August Burns Red CDs, vinyl and rarities

Share this article


...end


advertisement
advertisement

.
News Reports
.

Day in Rock:
AC/DC Looks Forward To Mixing Things Up With Axl Rose On Tour- Temple Of The Dog Reuniting For Their Very First Tour- Megadeth, Shinedown Stars Lead Lemmy Tribute- more

Beyond Rock: Craig Morgan Posts Tribute To Late Son Jerry Greer- Britney Spears Wants Duet With Selena Gomez- Gucci Mane Reveals New Track Featuring Kanye West- ScHoolboy Q- more

Ozzy Osbourne Feared 'Lunatic In The Crowd' At Alamo- Guns N Roses Pop Up Shop Takes Over Former CBGB Location- Megadeth Show Us The 'Post American World'- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


advertisement

.
Rock News Stories
Ozzy Osbourne Feared 'Lunatic In The Crowd' At Alamo

Guns N Roses Pop Up Shop Takes Over Former CBGB Location

Megadeth Show Us The 'Post American World'

Woman Sues Vince Neil For Alleged Assault

Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Shares Vivid 'Iowa' Memory

Keith Richards Says Beatles 'Were Never Quite There' Live

Ramones Get New York City Street Renamed After Them

King Crimson Announce 'Radical Action' Box Set

Alice In Chains' Cantrell Reflects On Musical Goodbye To Layne Staley

Papa Roach's New Album Carries A 'Strong Message'

Steve Vai Announces Passion And Warfare Anniversary Tour

Terror Cancel Tour And Festival Appearance For Medical Reasons

Other Music News Stories
Craig Morgan Posts Tribute To Late Son Jerry Greer

Britney Spears Wants Duet With Selena Gomez

Gucci Mane Reveals New Track Featuring Kanye West

ScHoolboy Q Releases 'John Muir' Video

Liam Payne Coming Closer To Making Solo Album

Skrillex And Rick Ross Release New Track 'Purple Lamborghini'

Drake Slams Fake 'Controllas' At First Summer Sixteen Tour Show

Sia Joins The Craze With New Wig Snapchat Filter

Jermaine Dupri Talks Kanye, Diddy and More With Rap Radar

Justin Bieber Direct Messages 'Cold Water' Lyrics to Fans

Demi Lovato Gives Nick Jonas Relationship Advice

Taylor Swift's Video Director Vs Kanye Kardashian

Reviews
All Recent Reviews and Interviews

Root 66: Urban Pioneers- Ivas John- Travis Green- Clint Morgan

Vernon Neilly - Outta Time

Denner Shermann - Masters of Evil

Road Trip: Nepal Open for Business!

Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs

Sting and Peter Gabriel: Rock Paper Scissors Concert Review

Foghat - Under the Influence

Michael Franti & Spearhead Live 2016: Miracle Makers

Road Trip: Swaziland Part 1: Culture and Attractions

Guns N' Roses: Not In This Lifetime Concert Review

5 Stars: Heart - Beautiful Broken

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.