#1February 6th, 2012 · 07:05 PM
32 threads / 28 songs
201 posts
United States of America
Scattershot
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This song is not in a battle


New recording after being forced to take a few weeks off due to personal health issues.

It's a little all-over-the-place (hence the name) but I'm excited to share it with you fine folks all the same.

Special props to my buddy Karl who laid down a wicked solo from 1:48-2:10. Otherwise, this is all me.

Lyrics:

Shorty, you have weapons and you use them without hesitation.
Don't pretend you're helpless when you're not.
You've taken something that you never had a right to ask for
A girl like you gets everything she wants.

You are only offering your hand because you want to prove you can care for someone other than yourself.
Or maybe I am just a lucky sucker, in the right place at the wrong time.

And you know that you could tell me anything at all that's on your mind.
I have always been here to support you.
You tell me that you miss me and I really wish I could believe you,
But I recall the last time.

You have nothing you could offer.
I've already offered more.
This is how I'm really feeling, if you're wondering.

Woman this is something I don't want to have to say again.
You're going to have to trust me if we're ever going to act as friends.
And words are not enough,
I want your actions to agree with them.
You can't just ask me to believe you.

I remember thinking you were different than the ones before you.
Don't go proving my suspicions wrong.

I'm sorry for the things I say.
Sometimes I speak before we think.
Should think I would have learned by now,
But I'm still figuring out what drives me.

My mind is there with you.
You're the only place I am.
My lungs they burn for you.
Its forever.

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#2February 6th, 2012 · 11:38 PM
1 threads / 1 songs
6 posts
United States of America
I can hear a mix of several genres of metal in that song. The vocals are not really my taste but what makes this a great song is that there is something in there that just about any metal/hard rock fan will enjoy.

Great job.

Whats your recording set up like?
#3February 7th, 2012 · 03:09 AM
117 threads / 27 songs
1,057 posts
Germany
As always this is such a complex and tricky composition again.
This genremix of prog rock, metal and post rock is quite unique, itīs YOUR īlabelī / ībrandī.
Git soloīs great. Chant also.

U.L.I.
#4February 7th, 2012 · 04:09 AM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,384 posts
United Kingdom
I like the change at 2.50, there is a nice amount of space/breath, the change is good, perhaps you should do more of it in your compositions, or allow more space in your mixes - it's just opinion or more to the point my personal preference. At the end of the day it's your music and you should do what you feel/think is right for you.

Your compositions are always well thought out, well performed and structured, I would however like you to try and create different sounds and rhythms, experiment see where it takes you, hence your songs do have similarities. I sense if you can do this you will become a household name..

Great work - Keep it up!!

PS: Was you unwell when you produced this, or have you just recovered?
#5February 7th, 2012 · 09:44 AM
32 threads / 28 songs
201 posts
United States of America
@phantomotaku: Thanks mate. My recording setup on this song consisted of 2 guitars (8-string LTD SC-608B, 6-string Music Man John Petrucci), a Music Man Stingray Bass, a Shure KSM32 vocal mic, Axiom Pro 61 keyboard, and lots of software plugs - Steven Slate Drums 4, Native Instruments Session Strings Pro, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 (used on both guitars and bass guitar), then some Fab Filter compression and EQ plugs. I have some more info on my gear on my website if you're curious: http://briandavidvaughn.com/gear

Thanks ULI.

@Denis: You're right man I don't vary my dynamics much in some of my tunes. With this recording, I kind of took an approach of... record whatever came into my head as it came, even if it sounded weird. That's why the song kind of jumps around a lot, but I think it turned out kind of neat even if the transitions are a bit rough from place to place. As for your question, I am just recovering. I started losing my voice early/mid December and lost it completely by January. Some kind of odd acid reflux issue that the docs don't know what caused yet. Anyway, I had to basically take a month off from singing (and even a week or two off from talking). Now that the issue is mostly gone, I'm finding that my range and control aren't what they were. Guess I've lost some conditioning. The vocals in this song were kind of... meh. But it'll come back in time I suppose.
#6February 7th, 2012 · 07:27 PM
128 threads / 44 songs
2,814 posts
Puerto Rico
Enjoyed...Good arrangement...Always thinking on the lines of Coheed and Cambria for other than the voice...but yeah similar direction...Al usual a superb performance!!! Solo sounds well created but left me wanting more tho!
#7February 8th, 2012 · 04:39 PM
188 threads / 27 songs
2,821 posts
Germany
I really like your vocal tracks. Very expressive. They support the song's mood.
#8February 8th, 2012 · 04:43 PM
32 threads / 28 songs
201 posts
United States of America
Thanks Marino and Triton
#9February 8th, 2012 · 05:56 PM
117 threads / 55 songs
1,540 posts
Chile
The production is very good. The music is not exactly my type; it kinda reminded me of Linkin Park or some screamo bands. The voice is good but I don't like the style, although it fits perfectly in the song.
I really don't have much to add since it's really well mixed, arranged and produced.
Good job.

            > Ish
#10February 9th, 2012 · 09:52 AM
32 threads / 28 songs
201 posts
United States of America
I'd like to think I'm edging closer to prog. rock with some metal influence than screamo, but... lol, I guess it is what it is.

Cheers and thanks for the kind words.
#11February 9th, 2012 · 08:41 PM
51 threads / 33 songs
292 posts
Canada
Very cool song. Production and sound-wise are excellent!

Hope your "acid-reflux" thing improves soon. Music can always wait for your health!

   -XF
#12February 10th, 2012 · 03:12 PM
171 threads / 24 songs
2,327 posts
United Kingdom
re: Scattershot
brianvaughn wrote…
New recording after being forced to take a few weeks off due to personal health issues.

It's a little all-over-the-place (hence the name) but I'm excited to share it with you fine folks all the same.

Special props to my buddy Karl who laid down a wicked solo from 1:48-2:10. Otherwise, this is all me.

Lyrics:

Shorty, you have weapons and you use them without hesitation.
Don't pretend you're helpless when you're not.
You've taken something that you never had a right to ask for
A girl like you gets everything she wants.

You are only offering your hand because you want to prove you can care for someone other than yourself.
Or maybe I am just a lucky sucker, in the right place at the wrong time.

And you know that you could tell me anything at all that's on your mind.
I have always been here to support you.
You tell me that you miss me and I really wish I could believe you,
But I recall the last time.

You have nothing you could offer.
I've already offered more.
This is how I'm really feeling, if you're wondering.

Woman this is something I don't want to have to say again.
You're going to have to trust me if we're ever going to act as friends.
And words are not enough,
I want your actions to agree with them.
You can't just ask me to believe you.

I remember thinking you were different than the ones before you.
Don't go proving my suspicions wrong.

I'm sorry for the things I say.
Sometimes I speak before we think.
Should think I would have learned by now,
But I'm still figuring out what drives me.

My mind is there with you.
You're the only place I am.
My lungs they burn for you.
Its forever.

Another fantastic trak ... you just get better all the time...
2me the accompaniment just lacks edge = to the voice
sounds like u singing over a track ... not quite in it
Like the drums are miles away...with no edge

specially the maniac tom work

the track is fantastic!!! and the vocals great as ever!!!
just the mix isnt crisp ....only to my ears btw
possibly my gear...
I want the great musicians to sound sharp
is it a compression 2 much?

yep ive tried listenin to this really loud......cutting eq etc and enjoyed
I think its something to do with loads of sound falling in the middle and flattening out
and stereo spread

let the band go loose ..........they are great
Love it
fish

oh yeah and occasionally i talk rubbish .... the more i hear the more i convince myself ....10th playthru haha



                       
#13February 10th, 2012 · 03:39 PM
32 threads / 28 songs
201 posts
United States of America
Thanks, XF.

And thanks, Fish!

   

No band to "let loose" though just me in my music room surrounded by instruments and gear. *nerd*

I truly appreciate your kind words though. Glad you got a few listens out of it!!
#14February 10th, 2012 · 03:50 PM
171 threads / 24 songs
2,327 posts
United Kingdom
brianvaughn wrote…
Thanks, XF.

And thanks, Fish!

   

No band to "let loose" though just me in my music room surrounded by instruments and gear. *nerd*

I truly appreciate your kind words though. Glad you got a few listens out of it!! :)

u same as me playin alone in a room of gear  ....

go get a band ....the world needs u on stage!!!!!

jeez i wish u lived in uk northeast ... your voice a killer!!!
       

think about it .......... you spendin so much time programmin ???

let someone else do it!!

u dealing with 50,000 aspects of a song .... with a band that gets whiittled down to others all u have to do is agree ..... now thats a diffrent kettle of fish

great stuff
#15February 18th, 2012 · 07:16 PM
92 threads / 12 songs
893 posts
United States of America
Freaking amazing how you do this (LOL - Iszil's "Screamo" comment...I'm going to find ways to use that word in everyday life) - anyway, what you do alone in a home studio is unbelievable to me. Nice work!
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