On the road - #sbt
Another Tuesday, another story, written to you from the poolside in sunny south of France. Sorry, not sorry ;)
I always think of On the road as the little upbeat sunny happy lovesong on the record, although the lyric isn't really that sunny. The song is basically about being away from your loveliest for too long and too often. It's an apology as well as a promise to do better.
For years it was a solosong, just me on guitar until Alex and I started playing it together in our liveset. Alex played bass to it and when I recorded the demo at home I kept the idea of a dominant bassline. Also, I added a banjo sample, one of those readymade recordings every home recording program features. But it did fit the song perfectly.
Both ideas remained when we rehearsed the song before recording it in the studio for the album. Bert, however, changed the bassline from a simple straight line to the almost African-style bassline it is today, played on fretless bass, which always reminds me of the Graceland album by Paul Simon. Erics drum feels like a sample but really is a live groove all the way to the end of the song.
In the mix, Ward Neirynck singled out the bassdrum a little and added some effects. Alex mimicked the banjosample with his own banjo and in turn we sampled his recording again. The result is the happy, upbeat but still small little lovesong you hear today.
Next week a new story !
Marjan Debaene: lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Alex Brackx: banjo
Bert Embrechts: fretless bass
Eric Bosteels: drums