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Singled Out: Secret Pop Band


06/12/2009
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(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today J. from Secret Pop Band tells us about "Sunday's Hard Rock Falls" from their brand new album "Pardon the Solar Interruption". We now turn it over to J. for the story:

The first single from our new record, "Sunday's Hard Rock Falls," was inspired by my experiences growing up in small-town upstate New York listening to hard rock and metal on the radio. In the late 80's, there was a syndicated metal program called "Metal Shop" that my friends and I tuned into religiously every Sunday night. This show introduced me to Metallica, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses and many others. In fact, I can remember the host of the program playing "Welcome to the Jungle" for the first time and saying how big Guns were going to be but my initial reaction was they weren't anything special!

Looking back, it's pretty crazy how widespread metal was back in the 80's in it's heyday hard rock music really reached all corners of the planet even my tiny town, as I extol in the chorus, "Sonic waves reach a forgotten place." I do get nostalgic thinking about all the time I had to listen to music when I was young and how important these bands were to me.

Musically, the tune has taken quite a journey from the demo I first presented to my bandmates Greg Gendron (drums) and Ody Leonard (bass) a year or two ago. What started out as a keyboard-based electro-pop tune evolved into a guitar-based power-pop song in the live setting, and further underwent other changes once we began recording. After we laid down the bass and the drums, I took the tracks to my home studio and started overdubbing guitars, vocals, and keyboards. The song seemed to be missing a little something, so at the last minute I added the lead guitar line before both verses, and the acoustic guitar that runs throughout. One of the great things about recording is that a tune never ends up exactly the way you envision it.

While "Sunday's Hard Rock Falls" doesn't sound too much like the music that inspired it, if you listen really closely to the guitar line in the chorus you might hear a little hint of Rush!

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



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