Monday, May 29, 2023

New Single!: All Roads Lead To Death

Given the very metal song title, I thought about making the music match, but this is one of those songs where the music came first, and the lyrics second, so I didn't have the heart to break them up.  Musically, this is all at the limits of the standard guitar fretboard.  Lyrically, it is a cheer up song, albeit with quite a bit of gallows humor in it.  I hope it's not implying that life choices are meaningless since it's just meant as a suggestion for people not to dwell on their past decisions too much so they can move on with their lives.  For the weird instrument, I used a tea tin for the high frequency percussion.  Otherwise, it's the usual guitar, voice, bass as keyboard, and drums.  I played some keyboard on it as well.  Lyrics are below:

You didn't save anything for retirement.
You thought the world would have blown up by now.
So now you have to move in with the raccoon
who lives in a hole in the tree in the backyard.
And what became of all those gals you were going to go on second dates with?
Instead, you just went out on more first dates.
So now you're sitting around alone
wondering how things went so wrong.

It doesn't much matter what life choices you made.
All roads lead to death
So just relax and take another breath

You were eating bacon; I can smell it in your sweat.
How come all those politicians for peace keep voting for war?
They complain about the latest mass shooting,
but the whole society's based on violence.
Stop paying property taxes and watch what happens.
Men with guns will escort you from your property.
I see all those Big Pharma commercials selling fear,
but I got what you need, and it's free, and, baby, it's right here.

My uncle told me to eat peppers.
It would put lead in my pencil.
You can sing your pain, emo boy,
but no one cares.  They have pain of their own.
The women of the world are united.
The employers of the world are united.
They wish you well in your future endeavors.
So don't go around thinking you're clever.

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7"!

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Noisy And Not So Noisy On Bandcamp!


The new album is now on Bandcamp, so now you should be able to listen to it just about anywhere you want.  If you want a mellow version, then Spotify is your ticket since they master it and make it the same volume level as everything else.  If you like it loud, then Soundcloud is for you.  The Bandcamp version is also loud, but it has WAV files uploaded, so it's probably a bit more dynamic, though that will depend on how Bandcamp translates them into MP3s if you download it.  

Anyhow, musicwise expect the occasional single this year if I write any new songs.  Next year, will see the Gang Of Foreigner album if I don't get run over by a bread delivery truck or something.  Some of the tracks from that album are already on Soundcloud, so give them a spin.  As for Noisy And Not So Noisy, feel free to let me know your favorite song on the album or whatnot in the comments.  Otherwise, I'll just assume you loved them all equally.  I made "Sourheart" the featured track on Bandcamp, so I suppose that's the single from the album now that it's released (they all were singles before the album's release).

If you want more Wred Fright music, then listen to the first Yeast? 7", still available after all these decades (i.e., we found some more copies in the back of the closet).

Monday, May 15, 2023

Liner Notes For Noisy And Not So Noisy

I enjoy a good set of liner notes, so I try to make some for each album.  Here's the latest:  You can download them or just read them.  Since the album is digital only, the notes should be able to be read without a magnifying glass (sometimes I have to break one out when a cd's liner notes uses tiny font to cram in a bunch of text presumably so the record company can save on printing/packaging costs).  The album is on Spotify now ( though it thinks the album is from 2017--that's ok, it thinks the 2021 album is from 1994; it must date albums from the date of the earliest song composition), so it should be on most music platforms at this point.

If you want more Wred Fright music, then listen to the first Yeast? 7", still available after all these decades (i.e., we found some more copies in the back of the closet).

Sunday, May 7, 2023

New Album!: Noisy And Not So Noisy

It looks like I'm releasing albums yearly currently, so here's 2023's album.  It includes songs written from 2017-2020.  I'd say the best tune on it is "Sourheart", but you may find another to be your favorite.  I thought about organizing it into two sides, a noisy side, and a not so noisy side, but I went for how Iggy And The Stooges supposedly arranged Raw Power with a rocker, ballad, classic rocker, and weird one (and if you know the difference between a rocker and a classic rocker, then please let me know).  In any case, I liked how these tunes flowed into one another from beginning to end.  I hope you will as well.  The liner notes should be out in a week or so, and the album will eventually pop up on Bandcamp, Spotify, and the other usual places.  I will keep you posted of course.

Thanks to my pal Loren for playing "Ready For The Next" on the radio last week!  Thanks also to The Tinnitist for including "Pep In Your Step" on a recent playlist

If you want more Wred Fright music, then listen to the first Yeast? 7", still available after all these decades (i.e., we found some more copies in the back of the closet).

Monday, May 1, 2023

New Single!: Pep In Your Step

This song seems to have a singer dealing out advice.  Is he or she (or they even?) just trying to dole out some encouragement, or is something more sinister being offered such as an illicit drug?  Beats me, I just write the darn songs.  I'm reading a book by Paul McCartney in which he discusses the origins of his songs, and if a Beatle finds the songwriting process mysterious as well, I'm not going to argue.  In any case, here it is.  For the recording, I had some fun punching a punching bag for the bass drum (my advice is wear gloves like boxers do), stepping on a tin lid for more percussion, and turning a nice handclap into some sort of noisy beat that sounds like something Public Enemy's production team would have done to turn a sample into something unrecognizable.  Otherwise, it's the usual voice, guitar, bass as keyboard, and snare drum.  It came out reminiscent of a tune by Sparks, and I'm quite ok with that.  The title probably was an advertising slogan if it weren't already a big band song or something as well.  Lyrics are below:

You were creeping on Facebook again,
and then you slipped into her DMs.
You like hot chicks with glasses.
You tell me, "If I can get them to take them off, they can't see how ugly I am."

What you need is
some pep in your step

"They say I've got a great personality,
but if it's so great, how come no one wants to make out with me?"
Don't give me any of your bourgeois hoo-ha.
Just stay in the established parameters.

Let's hear it for the standard genre expectations.
It's been 25 years, and you still think of her.
I think there might be something wrong with you.
You're always wondering about what might have been while . . .

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7"!