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08-29-2010, 02:52 AM
I finally made a real band! We recorded 6 songs that I wrote over the summer and I'm happy to report that they turned out awesome! No torture chambers or anything!

Anyways, you can stream these songs on the myspaces while I finish mixing everything and getting artwork ready for the final cut. Let me know what you think, plz! I like to hear that people are hearing things that I have did.


08-29-2010, 05:49 AM
I listened to A Joke Or Two and Canadiens and they both sounded good. You have developed a unique sound that makes you easily recognizable.
Do you have new band members or are there parts of Fireworks For Luna in the new band?

08-29-2010, 02:37 PM
Are they female vocals in Cat's Cradle? In all honesty, the new version doesn't sound as emotional as previous ones. :(

08-29-2010, 06:04 PM
ad8: yeah, I got the Fireworks boys to help me out with the recordings! Good ear. Glad to know that I've got, like, a sound. I think that's totally awesome.

Free?: Haha, my girlfriend did the backing vocals on Cat's Cradle, and the saxophonist did the "save our souls" bit with her. Sorry you don't think it's as exciting as the original; I guess with this one, I wanted to go less for the intense feeling and for a more accessible sound. I'm just tired of screaming all the time haha.

08-30-2010, 07:20 PM
Mike, I really enjoyed those acoustic tracks you had with your old band. I actually had a reply written about those, but I accidentally closed the tab and then I was all like fuck it. Just thought you should know.

What big Teeth has that nice Los Campasinos vibe from it. You know, that sort of happy and upbeat thing they do in their instrumental breaks. I like it. I also dig the way your songs climax (lolclimax), especially in Canadiens. I'm a sucker for those type of post rock peaks that get me all pumped.

In general, they're all well composed. It's a pretty big improvement from the earlier stuff I remember from you. You've come a long way. It actually sounds pretty pro. My only criticism is that the vocals could be a bit more polished. There's a few part that sounded like you didn't quite hit the note you were going for. Other that, good stuff.

PS: What the fuck is emotronic? Curse your various hipster music genres.

08-30-2010, 10:50 PM
Well, I'm glad you like my post-rock climaxes and all of those little acoustic tracks that we put together! I'm a total sucker for the climax, too, which is why I include them in just about every song. Especially that ending bit on Canadiens; that whole triple-layer guitar battle is just exactly what I wanted for the song. I even got the singer from my old band to do one of the guitars so I'd feel less weird about it. His is the one that sounds the coolest and comes in right after the vocal breakdown.

The unpro vocals are just kind of how I'm operating now; I've found that when I try to push my limitations, I will eventually overcome them. So, it might not sound pretty, but the whole reason for it is to just force myself to work on singing properly and not just yelling all the time. I'm not interested in being, like, a great singer, but there's definitely room for improvement, and I'd like to write to that, instead of writing to my own fairly small comfort zone.

Also, emotronic is a joke of a genre name, so I picked it. I have no idea what it is and I'm not interested in finding out, because I imagine it sounds like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TH5ibABP4U).

09-01-2010, 09:10 AM
Just caught up on this section of the bbs, and I think it's awesome that a lot of people are seeing "success" in their endeavors... now Coneman, Mike, and Ryder have bands... Homer's band is releasing an album... I didn't wanna make a new thread for this, but congrats to all you guys who are pursuing things and going forth with your music :)

I'll give this a listen later, Mike. What exactly do you do in your new band? Singing? Do you write the songs?

09-01-2010, 02:51 PM
Llamas: I am writing the songs, arranging them for different parts, singing, playing guitar, bass, xylophones, and, of course, doing some handclaps. It really depends on the song, I guess, because I got a bunch of friends to all do different instruments for different songs. So my friends are playing drums, saxophone, ukulele, bass, guitar, more handclaps, more vocal parts, etc. I think, at the very least, I play guitar and sing on every song.

It's just a big ol' collective.

09-03-2010, 01:46 AM
I remixed all of the songs to make them sound nicer! Yus! Final mixes soon.

09-19-2010, 02:04 AM
Yo, it happened. Finally finished mixing and getting everything together for this release. And yeah, I know that one of the songs will be on the mixtape and it won't be too exciting for the 2-3 of you who download this, but I'm okay with that, tbh.

All songs written by me and performed by an ensemble of different musicians.

Primary Tones - Forget-Me-Now [2010]

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/5092120930_61a574e41c.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/?c6uf15pt4fbcl14)

http://i54.tinypic.com/15qqdm8.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/?c6uf15pt4fbcl14)
(click the artwork (as drawn by PilZ-E!!) to download)

Total run time is only 28 minutes, so it's a nice little quickie if you want to hear 6 badass songs on the way to work or something.

(ps, add us on myspace (http://www.myspace.com/primarytones), facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Primary-Tones/150589324973206?ref=ts), and you can stream the music on bandcamp (http://primarytones.bandcamp.com), as well)

<3 u thx

09-19-2010, 08:57 AM
So I've listened. It's great. The most professionally mastered of your stuff I've heard so far I think. I wish I could comprehend the words by ear, which I'm unfortunately too far from. Get it? Lyrics plz. I don't know how deep your ideas and concepts are, which basically means that maximum of what I get is a mosaic of soulscreams that I suspect to be accompanied and enhanced with musical arrangements. And images. Speaking of which, on the scorching dry artwork there's "war never changes" label name, which I guess adds a post-apocalyptic shade to the whole album. It's both tempting and irritating to be able to understand only (figuratively speaking) half of your work. Lyrics could help.

09-19-2010, 09:35 AM
Going to give it a listen after the mixtape comes out.
As for now: Thumbs up for the artwork, Pilz-E!

09-19-2010, 11:20 AM
Free?: my apologies! I completely forgot to include this!

All the lyrixxx and credits are right here:


The actual album art will have an insert that I'm working on now, but until then, that's all I have.

09-21-2010, 12:00 PM
/feelin blue

Your songs should definitely be provided with lyrics because they add to the listening experience IMMENSELY. For those who are still yet to listen the album I strongly recommend doing it with lyrics sheet in front of you.
What a depressing record, it's good to see at least one bit of optimism in the last song. Or is the eight hours sleep just an empty pause before getting back to helplessness?...

09-21-2010, 03:53 PM
Sorry I forgot to include the lyrics to begin with... that wasn't on purpose, but I'm real glad that you like them. I worked really hard on trying to improve my songwriting.

But yeah, the last song is the redemption for all of the awful things that happened before! The way I ordered the songs took me a while, but I decided on the order because it depicts what is essentially an awful descent into hell, starting with Cat's Cradle and ending with In An Artery, where you look at all of these awful things and saying, "well, you know what? I can't live like this, so I won't. It's not going to make me miserable anymore."

I'm glad you listened and I'm really glad that you have, like, thoughts on it. It's a little bit miserable, but I was a little miserable when I wrote the songs, so that's expected. Thanks, Free.

11-16-2010, 01:11 AM
So as of this weekend, I am in three bands.

Fuck yeah.

The first is this one, the next is a re-iteration of Fireworks For Luna, and the final is a math rock band that is just about entirely unrelated to the others.

Also, I'd appreciate any other feedback regarding the album! I can re-upload the lyrics if anyone's interested.

11-18-2010, 07:26 AM
I am sorry I haven't commented on this yet, but I listened through this and I really liked it. One really notices the increased sound quality, even though the drums remain to sound very garage-like. I think my favorite song is Cat's Cradle (which sounds interesting in this new version, although I kind of miss the interlude with the really loud sax at 2:10. But the clean guitar in that part sounds great, too). Aside from that, I particularly enjoyed In An Artery, Canadiens, Wasteland, What Big Teeth, A Joke Or Two and Wasteland! ;)