This is a perfect example of what can go so right when you tune drums to the key of the song. I’ve done this a few times in the studio, and while it doesn’t always work, when it does the outcome is awesome. It’s great to have a mentor and friend who is the best in their field.
The Sound‘s inability to break through to the type of ’80s post-punk prominence reserved for the likes of Joy Divisionand Echo & the Bunnymen, the two bands The Sound fell in between sound-wise, isn’t all that easy to explain away. Any deep-minded attempt to do so leaves one with a sort of abject sourness that can only be directed for, well, the human race. When a deserving band fails at to become something of a household name, the easy targets — the industry, the press, the drug problems, the coke-head producer who mangled what was supposed to be the “Big Record” — are normally fingered. But none of those targets truly apply here in the strictest sense. While most of The Sound‘s records were never released in the U.S., no American record executive can take any blame; they can simply point to the fact that The Sound were merely respectable unit shifters — a prototypical cult act — in their homeland of England, so they wouldn’t have fared well across the pond… [read full bio]