QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Aug 31 2005, 12:18 AM)
Firstly, I like the vocal styling, your voices work well together, reminds me slightly of the Divine Comedy. Secondly, "hand of god"? "noah's flood"? Christian undertones? Or just an easy rhyme?
If it's an easy rhyme, be a little careful, some people might be put off by it. Umm...the effect(s) on the guitar sounded a little too wet to me (ironic really in a song about rain and floods), my preference would be to tone it down a little, not a totally clean guitar, thats boring, also, it might be better suited to an acoustic. Is it in a minor scale? Sounds like it, happy tunes use major scales...unless that's the sound you're going for? Oh, and the drums, they didn't sound right, not sure why, they just didn't seem to mesh with the song as a whole, it may just be the way it's mixed, will listen more and report.
Thanks. We do have good voices, which is handy as it puts us above a good 85% of other bands out there. I like the comparison to Neil Hannon. Better than Chris bloody Martin and all the silly buggers trying to emulate his whiney bleating.
The Tom and I are both atheists. The religious overtones are deliberate, but they're not personal. It's really all about the imagery, and that is of civillisation being totally swept away. The story of Noah and the idea of a wrathful deity are familiar to pretty much everybody. We could've written about that twatting great tsunami, but the song was written a good nine months before that and it might not have scanned so well. Plus, we're ripping off the Manics quite enough on other songs.
As for being a little careful and people being 'put off' by the generic religious imagery, I think it's worth bearing in mind that we're hardly singing about Jesus, Heaven, loving everybody or having the whole world in His hands, and that it's not something that crops up in any other song. I'm pretty sure people won't mistake us for a Christian rock band.
The song is upbeat, but the scale is minor. It's not really that
unusual. We're both very happy with the guitar and drum sounds, but obviously some people might prefer something different. But, y'know, all opinions are welcome. And thanks for listening!P.S. Please learn how to use the word 'ironic' properly.