Singled Out: Tangents (Unearth/Seemless/ Hour/Flat-12)
The Pieces Fall was one of the first demos that I worked out for the Tangents album, One Little Light Year. It was also the beginning of a new musical goal of mine, to write more chord-based songs that would stand up as much in a full rock band type setting as they would a stripped down acoustic setting.
I had been trying to put songs together previously, but I was depending on technology too much. I was trying to write songs that were based too much on what I could do on the computerů using different samples and sounds. Someone would ask me to play some new things that I was working on. I would grab my guitar and realize thatů I couldn't play anything that I had been writing! I had some songs, but it just wouldn't translate on a standard instrument. How good could a song be if the chord structure and basic harmony of the piece were so non-existent? If I tried to recreate one of those songs on the guitar, it would just sound like a big blob of boring. So, I began working on putting some songs together in the traditional way; Sitting down with the guitar or piano and working things out, and then going to layer all the production stuff after.
In retrospect, I really think that The Pieces Fall is one of the reasons that Tangents exists. It was the first full demo that I sent Derek to check out, and I know it made a pretty big impression on him. Ultimately, it is one of the big reasons we are working together now. His playing and drums are the glue that holds the whole thing together.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - more on this story