Single #42: Restless Nervous

Restless Nervous

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Restless Nervous is a downloadable MP3 (44.1, 320k)

Released: April 24, 2018

Words and Music written by Chance
©2018 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

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Directed, shot, and edited by Chance
Also starring:
Greg Berella, Christina McCormack, Julyan Kates, Zoomie, and the 118

“Restless Nervous”

Written and recorded by Chance
©2018 Chance / Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)
PM for all licensing requests

Track performers:
Chance: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Synth
Greg Berella: Drums

SONG DETAILS

RESTLESS NERVOUS

Someone will walk this road alone
taking with them the words they wrote in scattered poems
they breathe as deep as you and me
you tell yourself differently cause somewhere, someone disagrees

no one is listening loud and clear
no one remembers how to love the ones you hear
there’s no way to light this winter home
all that remains are those angry echoes and love-lost souvenirs

to the restless, nervous world
i can’t leave you hungry
if you take take your time
wait, the sun will give you shine

glorious night to call my own
search through the tortured rubble of what I “should have known”
such a shame I don’t see beauty here
but this half-eaten moon does nothing, nothing for these tears

tremble the hands that carry the load
these are my footsteps, I may stumble but will not slow
forgive me father I have sinned (–you say–)
tap into something, so I’m painless, and I can serenade you

so….I’m gonna miss you so…i’m gonna miss you

to the restless, nervous world
i can’t leave you hungry
if you take take your time (if you give this time)
wait, the sun will give you shine

so….I’m gonna miss you so…i’m gonna miss you

words and music written by Chance ©2018 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

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ALL SO UNSUSPECTING

Restless Nervous started with a drum loop that I found that interested me while I was just going through presets.

Then I pulled up some pad of a synth sound, and just started futzing with chords. All in all that came pretty quickly.

I think ultimately I was just in experimental mode. Didn’t have a strong desire to try to “write a hit” so to speak. I just wanted to work on music.

Lately I had been reaching back into the 80s for inspiration. So the synth bass was paramount. Pulled up a sound for a basis, and tweaked it until it had sort of the razor’s edge I was looking for. Old 80s bass tones ironically don’t have a lot of low end. At least in my vision for this, that’s what I wanted.

First line came out:

“Someone will walk this road alone, taking with them the words they wrote in scattered poems”

Ah. ok. Now I know where I want to go with this.

I won’t tell you what the song is about (I prefer you tell me), but desolation, despair and what happens next are all critical elements.

Then I thought: how do I bring guitars into the mix?

I wanted clean clean clean. BUT….No amp. Went direct into a mic pre, 60s/70s style. Loved it. (Yes, the single note distorted flurry at the end was amped; I mean the primary guitars that begins in the 2nd verse). Interestingly enough, more time than you would think was spent experimenting with different mic pre settings before I arrived at the sound that I wanted. I naively thought they might be rather similar (they were not). But wow, the way it cuts. I was completely enamored.

Songwise, then the chorus came. Interesting….

and then an hour or so later…

hmmm……..wait a minute…this is…….. interesting.

Couple late nights later, I had my friend Greg Berella come in for drums, and the whole point was to replicate the drum loop I found (which is deceptively not simple to play). I wanted him to branch off as the song allowed, but to keep the basic snare and kick the same.

Oh, and NO overhead mics, no room sound whatsoever (I recorded the tracks just in case, but muted them all). And no cymbal crashes. It’s a tightly wound, dry, punchy fucking thing; I wanted it to feel like you were playing it yourself. Without killing your ears, turn it up at the beginning beat: you’ll hear the kick pedal squeaking.

I added some ancillary percussive loops that played around what he was playing, but ultimately his performance was great. It was a comped final off a few different takes, as I asked him to be improvisational in later versions. For something that is both simple and busy. I just love it. He made the drums sing.

And he even said at the end of the night, “You know, this one is really growing on me.” (and then months later: “this one is my favorite”)

That’s just it:

I felt the same.

This song was the song that just enveloped me slowly like an old movie’s quicksand, and grew on me so as to be undeniable. I don’t know or think if this song will be immediate for you. It certainly may not. But for me, I loved how it just felt right the more you heard it… How it slowly revealed.

You know that feeling you get when listening to something on an album, somewhere buried between the tracks is this…”you know,….I gotta say…I really like this one….”?

It’s like almost admitting that you wouldn’t or shouldn’t have liked it in the first place… that it was all so unsuspecting.

Yet there it is.

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Recorded & mixed at Supey Studio
DAW: Pro Tools
i/0: Antelope Audio Orion Studio

Written, recorded and mixed by Chance
Masted by Rob Beaton for meetbeaton.com

Microphones: Vocals: Peluso 2247 LE
Guitars: ’57 Fender Strat
Bass: Synth

Performers:
Chance: Vocals, Guitars, Synth
Greg Berella: Drums

Cool Geekout Notes

True story: Greg Berella, the drummer on the track, always has tons of percussive knick knacks. For this song, one of them really worked:

He brought this old plaque he received playing AYSO soccer as a kid and placed it on the snare to help deaden the sound (I was going for very dry tones). But it also played a dual role: on occasion he would hit it for a click sound. Listen to the 2nd verse and later throughout and you might hear it a total of (I think) 3 times during the song.

I absolutely love it.

 

Art Geek

The primary art for Restless Nervous was a photo shoot I did on the Corbin Avenue overpass of the 118 freeway, around 8:30 at night on a Thursday.

It is the opening shot of the video.

Directed, shot, and edited by Chance
Also starring:
Greg Berella, Christina McCormack, Julyan Kates, Zoomie, and the 118

“Restless Nervous”

Written and recorded by Chance
©2018 Chance / Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)
PM for all licensing requests

Track performers:
Chance: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Synth
Greg Berella: Drums