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Analogue Days: Track Details

 

Track 1: Two points in a vacuum 4:19

Audio Can Change Your Life

: A favourite of Molecules fans! Taken from the album, Audio can change your life. Recorded on a Tascam double speed 4 track cassestte approx 11 years ago when I had just settled into Chester. A Dave - Rob collaboration. Rob plays the lead on this one. The Robot Alien (Boss Dr Rhythm DR660) Plays Drums so eloquently.

Track 2: Captain Tea-towel Theme2:28

Audio Can Change Your Life

Make sure your ears are prepared for this one..slightly shrill, but oh so powerful. We sent this one to one of David Bowie’s producers Nick Plati and he could only muster..’Hey you guys really rock!’. We’d have rather he said ‘Come and record an album’. Hey Ho. Another from Audio can change your life. Guitars by Dave.

Track 3: Green lampshade in a room full of toys: 2:20

Audio Can Change Your Life

One of my personal favourite solos. A bit ‘Jazz’, but then who cares. Recorded in the dead of night with headphones on. Robot Alien plays a neat programme, whilst I play a cleverly edited guitar solo as if I meant it at the time. (Audio Can Change Your Life)

Track 4: Tash City

Audio Can Change Your Life

This was recorded at Robs in Sheffield live at top volume. The title was changed on the album but the reference was to every hard nut in Hillsborough that night who chose to grow a bum fluff tash. There’s one overdub to meat it out a bit. You can tell my guitar fuzz box was pretty primitive (it cost £15), but still knocked out an edge. Rob is on bass - the famous bass that weighs a ton and sounds like train tracks clanking together. I was on Guinness and the famous white Yamaha SG. (Audio can Change your life)

Track 5: Dolphin Day Dream 2:04

Audio Can Change Your Life

The track that inspired my Studio name. It made me feel very strange when recording this as it was early morning, and I had fed many backward guitars into the system over several hours before something magical happened. I think I’m proud of this one. Dave guitars. Robot Alien Drums. (Audio Can Change your Life).

Track 6: The Mysterious Parts.

Audio Can Change Your Life

Like many of my tracks, this one ended up sounding like some kind of detective theme tune. However, I was happy with the retro sound I got and it has a neat ending for the album (Audio Can Change Your Life).

Track 7: The Power the Power:

Gravity Always Lets You Down

This is the opener of the album ‘Gravity Always lets You Down’. It was recorded live at Robs, with a double tracked guitar panned sharp left and right for a cheap stereo effect. Rob played that bass and I played guitar to a ridiculous Robot Alien beat. Some of the best stuff we did was recorded live. Distance and work became a factor in how we recorded in the future (It was more like sketches together, and me taking them home to ‘tidy up’, or ruin as the case may be.

Track 8: That’s the one:

Gravity Always Lets You Down

Another more ambitious Dave and Rob combination. Has a sweet chorus to it. The single coil guitar is Rob. He bought a Strat and a Gordon Smith that looked like a table top from a cheap café. It sounded good though. This reminds us of the German Band Neu! But no-one knows what we’re talking about..(Gravity Always lets you down)

Track 9: Root or Vegetable?:

Gravity Always Lets You Down

A bit of a ‘rock out’ really. It sounds great in the car at top speed. I think I had been listening to U2 and thought I needed to have a go at the guitar sounds. I’m still on 4 track cassette at this stage. Dave Guitars.

Track 10: Part 2000:

Gravity Always Lets You Down

The frustration of not having a synth led to this. The Robot Alien kindly dug deep to find some 80s sounds whilst I pretended to be Robert Fripp (My doodlings are known as diddytronics as opposed to Frippotronics). A lot of the composition is backwards as usual (So old hat these days!) but it seems to work

Track 11: Injection of Cool:

Strange Fates

Rob and Dave at Dolphin Daydream in Chester. Has a reasonably cool riff. Possibly the wrong drum kit for Robot Alien. Rob is back on the single coils. From the Strange Fates album . Still on 4 track, but bounced onto cd to make 6 tracks!

Track 12: Endymion:

Strange Fates

Dave on Guitars and And.d on Drums. This was his first digital drum kit which was pretty basic. He had to really smack it to work properly (I think it was Simmons). From Strange Fates.

Track 13: Chains of Heaven:

Strange Fates

A bit corny at the start, but most people like it. I think I was trying to sound like Jeff Buckley with the dissonant guitars on the chorus. From Strange fates. Drums courtesy of Robot Alien. Dave Guitars.

Track 14: Where-is-nearest-pub:

Strange Fates

One of our singles from Strange fates. Used to sound brilliant loud when played with Rob’s band in a garage in Sheffield!, because it never finished, just kept going round and round.

Track 15: Resolution:

Two Tone Tornado

from the two-tone tornado album. Production was getting smarter on occasion. The reverb was being used as a footpedal some how, but I can’t remember how. A mist under the Guinness. Dave guitars, and the Robot Alien plays a nice sharp kit.

Track 16: Lenina:

Two Tone Tornado

Kind of a hit on MP3.Com in that it got a few good reviews. Molecules go commercial here, but in a nice twisted way. (Two tone tornado. Influenced by Krautrock). Rob and Dave play guitars. Dave plays bass.

Track 17: Retropod:

Two Tone Tornado

This is a blues thing with scratchy guitars. I was quite pleased with the original guitar riff, but went mad on the overdubs here. Dave guitars, Drums Robot Alien. Still on 4-track. 1999 on two tone tornado.

Track 18: Smile, Smile, Smile:

Two Tone Tornado

If ever radiohead nicked one of our tracks this would be it. Rob and Dave. Based on a Rob jangly riff in the background, we soon turned it into something more intense.

Track 19: Black is white:

Two Tone Tornado

I’d just bought an album by Asian Dub Foundation and decided that drum programming had to be the next big thing. Ended up as a series of unrelated riffs spliced together. However, we managed to record most of it live, but not without a few arguments. There are a few versions of this. This is without the aural exciter. From Two tone tornado.

Track 20: The fruit with no name:

Clockwork Love

From one of our Eps during the Robot Yeti demos.

Track 21: Kandinski’s Computer:

Clockwork Love

another from the EP Robot Yeti. Based on a random backing track made up of several music players going off at the same time.

 

Track 22: African Hills:

Clockwork Love

A cyclic track: Dave Guitars, And.d drums, Robot Alien percussion. Quite an optimistic track to leave you with.

 

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