Posted June 27, 2006

RADIO BIRDMAN'S
"ZENO BEACH"
TRACK-BY-TRACK



By DENIZ TEK


"We've Come So Far To Be Here Today"

Rob thought my slightly out of tune home demo of the music I had written sounded like Sonic Youth. He wrote the words. Some of them are choice: I wanted "would everything be enough" for the album title. Jim's bass lines are exceptional, as is Chris' blinding final lead break. My rhythm guitar is in dropped D tuning. Gtr solos; Chris.


"You Make It Worse"

Jim wrote the basic song, I came up with the chorus, and Rob wrote the words. Again, some great lyrics here. And you can hear them, thanks to the producer... the heavy guitar tone I got is from a chopped Hamer with three hotwired mini-DiMarzio pickups, made by Art Godoy. The same guitar I used as a club in self defense at our last gig at the Barwon Club in Geelong. Background fills: Deniz.


"Remorseless"

A lament of the world's inhumanity, we first recorded this at the demo sessions at Trafalgar over three years ago.There is a 14 beat hold at the end of each chorus ... I have to read Rusty's lips as he counts it off, when we do this one live. By the songs end, he's hitting the snare so hard its a miracle it doesn't shatter. Solos: Chris.


"Found Dead"

Check out the beautiful cascading fourths on the organ. Solo: Deniz.


"Connected"

Hey!! A happy song for a change. Solo: Deniz.


"Die Like April"

This is about the meanest girl in the world. It is total fiction. All similarities to real persons dead or alive are strictly coincidental. Solos: Chris.


"Heyday"

Storyline: Rob. Riffology: Deniz. Spanish guitar fills: Chris. String synths: Pip. Rimshots: Rusty. Trance bass: Jim.


"Subterfuge"

Rob wrote this entirely except for the middle eight. We do it just like on his home demo, even Pips single piano notes. M8 solo: Chris. Outro solo:Deniz.


"If You Say Please"

Chris' music, Rob's words. A late entry, I think Rob was deciding on the vocal right up to the final day. That's Chris on Wurlitzer electric piano, and Pip on organ. I do all those solo guitar fills that buzz around the entire song.


"Hungry Cannibals"

One day I was over at Rob's house. We had been up late working on songs. I got up early, and while waiting for him to get up for coffee I rewrote some lyrics Chris had sent me, with this title. I fitted them to a piece of music I had saved from about three years earlier. Jim wrote the intro piece, which was originally going to be on the front end of Make It Worse. We thought it worked better to introduce this song. Solo: Deniz


"Locked Up"

It has a free jazz intro, just a taste, before the riff locks down. After that, it's all rock. My friend Ron Sanchez says, of all the songs, this sounds most like the old band. I guess that's a good thing. Solo: Chris.


"The Brotherhood of Al Wazah"

We had to work very hard on Pip's songs. They are a challenge to play well, and we all learned from the experience. (We actually worked up four of them, but two are being held in reserve: "Never" and "Tell Me Lies".) The Brotherhood has so many cool features I cant begin to list them, but I recommend a good listen with headphones and you will find lots of
surprises. Guitar solos: Deniz.


"Zeno Beach"

We couldn't believe it when Pip wrote a surf song but there it is. Pip's evocative M8 solo heads for Joe Meek territory, and the whole thing dies out over Oooohs and aaaahs and some fuzz surf guitar runs .... in an infinite fade that never reaches the end.

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