Last week I gave an update on some of the songs I’ve been working on for the 15th Anniversary Reissue of Neon Apocalypse, so I thought I would continue with that idea this week.
Valentine – Believe it or not I haven’t really had to do a whole heck of a lot of work to this aside from replacing the old drums with new, fuller and better mixed ones. I also replaced the guitar solo at the end with a brand new one (because the old one was out of tune). It’s taken some time to get this particular mix right, but as of now I’m almost there.
Weak – The first of my songs ever played on the radio, this mix is actually the second one I did. The first one was recorded in 1999 and for some reason that I can’t fully contemplate today, I didn’t keep the session for it. So when it came time to have the song on the album I had to re-record it. In cleaning up this mix I simply added another guitar part (to give the old, thin one some body), and completely re-recorded the acoustic guitars in the middle eight (which were slightly out of tune and recorded poorly). I also added a synthesized “siren” that first appeared on the “Weak (Redux)” remix of the song for the EP Redux in 2002 (and later on the 2005 re-recording of the song). Lastly, I replaced the old synthesized bass with a completely new one – in the old days, because I didn’t have a lot of power in my computer, when I made changes to a recording it was destructive (meaning that once I applied an effect or equalization to it, I couldn’t undo it), so I couldn’t really save how poorly the old bass was EQ’d. Regardless, this one is really starting to come together, and I can’t wait to put this one out as I always felt it was a true single.
Torture – One of my favorite songs on the album… right now it’s completely frustrating me. The old recording had a lot of parts that just didn’t work – the mix was terrible and some of the way things were recorded really weren’t good to begin with. In trying to mix this one I’ve had to re-record guitars, recreate bass from a synthesizer, and try all kinds of ways to get the sounds to come out, hit you hard and shine through the mix. It’s not working. I’ve decided rather than to spend all my time on this one song that I will save this until the end.