I haven’t updated in a while since Heat Stroke came out. I’m still working on the retrospective, and as I will also mention there, I’ve been taking more time and been more careful about writing about the songs than I did actually writing and recording the songs themselves. Kind of funny. Maybe.
There are some things in the oven, heating up. The first thing you’ll see is the Heat Stroke Retrospective. I feel like I’ve been hyping it up into something more than it is, but that’s because I thought it would be kind of interesting. The plan was to have some early versions of the songs to listen to in there and maybe some screenshots of the audio projects and whatever else. Those things will be there, but there won’t be as many as I had hoped. I keep most of my outtakes, but they’re seriously not as funny as you might think. I usually just flub up on a word or something. And except for “Wildfire,” I didn’t re-record any vocals for any of the songs…I think. I’ll have to do some research, but I’m pretty sure that’s the case.
Robby Reviews is a blog series that I want to continue. Did you see my reviews for LANDR and The Pale Emperor already? Yeah. I’m going to do more. I’m obviously not going to be able to do them weekly, but I want to do new things that somehow relate to me. I imagine most of the time it will be music-related, but it could be a video game or a new flavor of Pepsi or something too.
Oh, and I began retooling my 2011 album, Punk Rebel Renegade, getting it ready for mastering. It’s not quite as rough as I thought it would be. I’m cleaning up the tracks a little bit, but I’m mostly just adjusting levels, and just that is making the songs sound so much better. I didn’t have much time to listen to Heat Stroke before it got mastered, but I’ve been listening to Punk Rebel Renegade for years basically. So the way those songs sound are engrained into my ears. Being able to hear them all spruced up is going to be exciting. I have run into one snag though, and I’m not sure how I’m going to get it resolved.
At the beginning of one of the songs, “XXX 666,” I sort of sing the chorus of Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel the Noize” on top of my own drum pattern. I don’t know if that would be considered copyrighted content or not. It’s just a quick little thing, so I don’t know if there’s any legal red tape to cut through to be able to release it the way it is. The song starts with a drum beat that is similar to the one found at the beginning “Cum On Feel the Noize.” It wasn’t intentional, but this older lady I used to work with listened to the early version of the song (before the recording of me singing “Cum On Feel the Noize” over the top of it), and after listening to the first few seconds of the song, she thought it was that song, like I had covered it. I thought that was funny, because I didn’t draw inspiration from the song at all. But after she told me that, I had to agree with her, because…yeah, it sounds like that Quiet Riot song. So that night probably, I recorded myself singing the chorus to “Cum On Feel the Noize,” plopped it on top of my drum track, and made a little skit out of it. I don’t know how I would go about seeing if it would be legal for me to release that song or not, or at least make it available for sale.
I’d hate to have to edit the beginning of that song, because it’s one of the better moments on the Punk Rebel Renegade album, I think. There are a few points where I’m talking to myself. So in this intro to “XXX 666,” I sing that little bit of “Cum On Feel the Noize,” and then you hear me kind of tell myself that “this isn’t THAT song!” And then there’s a little banter back and forth. It sounds really silly, and it is, but it’s not as distracting or dumb as you might be imagining. There are other points on other songs where it just goes quiet, and I’m like, “Um…let’s just do the beginning again.” It was sort of a look into my brain because at that point in constructing the song, I had a couple verses and a chorus and whatever, and I wasn’t sure what part should come next. I don’t know. It’s sort of funny.
Anyway, so that’s what’s in the pipeline: Heat Stroke Retrospective, more Robby Reviews articles, and an official release of my previous album, Punk Rebel Renegade, which may be more to your liking than Heat Stroke. I’m not sure how long it will take for that to actually be released, but I’m working on preparing the tracks now. So be prepared to hear those songs some time in the future as well, in case Heat Stroke isn’t infinitely entertaining to listen to. You like it, right? I mean, it’s not super bad?