For a while now, I’ve been complaining vociferously on Twitter about the lack of a vocalist for the National Pep, my band (such as it is) – my friend and songwriting partner Tilt Araiza has agreed to continue writing songs with me, but for some reason seems to think “I don’t want to, and anyway I’m moving thousands of miles away very soon, and am not going to travel from California to Manchester to play in a bar in front of five people” is an adequate excuse to stop singing with me.
I’ve tried working with other people to no avail, so have finally bitten the bullet and considered the possibility of singing my own stuff. This does, of course, have the slight downside that people have told me for decades that my voice sounds like a donkey being tortured to death, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway.
So I’ve decided to record myself performing one of my old songs (from my old band, Stealth Munchkin) and upload an MP3 to see what people think of my vocal ‘abilities’. Please have a listen to this and tell me – truthfully – what you think of the vocals. I want to know if it’s actually worthwhile me continuing to make music without a lead vocalist.
The MP3 is very noisy – this is the first thing I’ve ever recorded by myself with this computer, and I only managed to get everything set up an hour ago, so recorded this without setting levels properly or anything like that – and the song itself is a bad one. I wrote the music when I was seventeen, and my old singer wrote the words when she was 19, and it shows (and before anyone says anything, I had heard neither Five String Serenade by Arthur Lee or My Beloved Monster by The Eels when writing this – I was actually ripping off Tell Me What You See by the Beatles). I chose it not because it’s a good song (it isn’t – it’s almost literally sixth-form poetry) but because the main vocal part is in my range but it also allows me to try different ranges in the backing vocals, and because it’s all major chords so it’s easy on the banjo (with the exception of the last chord – Ddim7 – which I fluff horribly).
Listen and let me know what you think. Proper posts resume tomorrow (my writer’s block seems to have cleared…)