I am pleased to announce that I’ve finished six of the songs for the 15th Anniversary reissue of Neon Apocalypse! Being that is the case, I should be starting to release them on New Music Mondays very soon – hopefully before the end of this month. The songs I’ve finished thus far are: “Echo Papa”, “Lemon Tea”, “ElevenThree”, “Valentine”, “Weak”, and “Dogtown”.
I still have four more to complete, and they would actually be done by now if I weren’t having some issues with them.
“I Could’ve Lost You” – This song needed nearly all of its guitars completely reworked. And while I’ve settled on an approximate sound for some of those parts, some others aren’t quite working the way I’d like. The idea is that with these reissues, even though I have to re-record certain parts do to the fact that they might have been recorded out of tune or faced destruction issues, I still want to encapsulate the sonic intent of those parts and what they did for the song. That’s a very difficult and time-consuming thing to do. But, I will get there. Just some tweaking and some consideration for how I want to do things, and also trying to recall how I did them to begin with – I didn’t take great notes back then (and I daresay I don’t now, either).
“Julia” – This song is actually very close to being done. I had to re-record the main chimes guitar lick (the stuff that sounds a little like The Edge) because it was not well-performed and was stunningly out of tune on the original recording. I’m still trying to find the right sound for this, which I suspect will be something akin to the sound on “ElevenThree”. Sonically, I like the idea of having that kind of consistency on a collection of songs. Apart from that, the song will simply require a bit of mixing to get it right. As an aside, I’m actually much closer to finishing a great mix of the second version (recorded in 2005, and which will appear on the bonus CD). That will be a good leap forward to getting that stuff done and moving along.
“Torture” – As you recall, this song needs a lot of work… I actually am not touching this one again until I get everything else done so that I can put real focus and time into it, without having to worry about the other songs.
“The Ring of Love” – I’ve had to re-record some parts for this as well, including the heavily-reverbed slide guitar at the end (because, for some reason, that part and the main chime guitar lick that appears throughout the song) were lost and simply can’t be found. In the case of the slide guitar, that’s a bummer – I like how it sounded on the original recording (but I was able to record a really great sounding version of it for this nonetheless). In the case of the chime guitar, it’s both good and bad. Good because the original version was actually not quite in tune and bad because I’ve re-recorded this now I think at least 20 times, trying to find the right sound, right tuning and the right placement for it in the mix. And of course I want it to sound as much like the original as possible. Would be great if I still had my old acoustic-electric and karaoke machine with the sound turned all the way up and the echo turned on… that’s how I did things back then.
Once I get all of the above done, I still have four or five 2005 recordings to mix for the bonus CD (they had been recorded at the time for what was going to be an exclusive release on Second Life – believe it or not – called Second Coming), and acoustic versions of some of the other songs. It’ll get done, but it’s going slow. As it is, I’ve decided to push the release back to the Fall, likely November. But I still plan on doing at least a couple music videos for them.