The Demographic: Backyard Recording Session

Sturgis and I pulled out a bunch of recording stuff into the backyard back in July and hit “GO” and started going. I had a big notion of doing lots of different takes and camera angles, but when it came time to edit everything together, syncing stuff up proved to be a big hassle. So ‘Trends+Markets’ got the multi-camera edit, but I was too aggravated to do the same on the cover of Nirvana’s ‘Drain You’. Which is fine by me.

‘Trends’ is an old song. Probably wrote it around 2002 (an orphaned song from the last days of The No-Shadow Kick). It used to be a fast pop punk thing, fast to the point where I couldn’t really sing it (it’s a wordy fucker). So this is pretty much the only way it could come out okay (with me reading the lyrics off a piece of paper on the ground – it’s a wordy fucker!). ‘Drain You’ is a favorite song of ours, but of course we couldn’t help but tinker with it a bit, both because the acoustic/duo format demands it, and because we’re tinkerers. It’s a bit sloppy and my vocals are a little hairy, but I actually quite like it.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Ugh! I can’t believe they covered a Nirvana song in hopes of riding the coattails of the 20th anniversary re-release of Nevermind!” Well, in our defense, we absolutely 100% did exactly that.

Technical info, for the technical info geeks: Recorded two tracks of me via a Tascam 122-MKII (one condenser mic, one SM57 for vocals). Recorded a stereo track of Sturgis on a Zoom H2. Mixed those in Reaper with a teensy bit of audio from the camera.
The Demographic