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#547248 - 07/29/19 05:18 AM [User Showcase] THE CREATURE
Registered: 12/12/11
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Loc: York, England
ROG Offline
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Hi all,

Been travelling again for quite a while, which has kept me away from the forum,
but back now long enough to rush out this offering.
This started out as a demo in Realband, but eventually all the Realtracks got replaced
as I added my own guitar parts. The vocals were tracked-up in PowerTracks and the whole
thing was mixed and mastered in Harrison Mixbus 32C v.5.
It might not be suitable for persons of a nervous disposition!

THE CREATURE
Around this time in the night
I get this feeling that something ain't right
There's no stars, there's no moon
Just this darkness that fills up the room
There's no sound anywhere
I can't see it but I know there's something there

I wanna move, I wanna run
I wanna reach out and pick up my gun
I wanna call, I wanna shout
I wanna scream but there's no sound comes out
It's just not safe anywhere
I don't know what it is, but I know there's something there

Every night
It's just the same
A voice from out the dark
Keeps on calling out my name

A cold sweat, I'm cold and damp
I try to hit the switch to turn on the lamp
The lamp lights, there's nothing there
Just a deafening silence that's hanging in the air
I turn off the light, it's just the same
The creature's back and it's calling out my name
There's something there and it's calling out my name

AS ever, many thanks to all those who have time to give it a listen.

ROG

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#547279 - 07/29/19 08:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 5449
Loc: Davis, CA
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I love this ROG!!! You've really created a mood with the music and the lyrics.....I'm feeling nervous already! All of the tracks, and particularly the vocals, sound really, really good! Certainly belongs on the Best of ROG album (first or last track on one side or the other)!. WONDERFUL!!! Take care. Greg

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#547281 - 07/29/19 08:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 06/16/00
Posts: 1944
Loc: Texas
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An outstanding write...
I guess don't have a "nervous disposition" smile...
Because I certainly enjoyed listening to this one!
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#547287 - 07/29/19 09:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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ROG,
Danger with some funky guitars - I can feel that Stranger Things monster getting closer!
Everything gels on this - lyrics, backtrack, lead guitar and that scared feeling in your vocal.
Really good.

Robert

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#547333 - 07/29/19 04:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 01/18/16
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Good one ROG! Enjoyed the overall vibe this has. Well done!
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#547345 - 07/29/19 05:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
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Love the groove of this. Really well put togeather.
The bridge reminded me of Super Tramp.
Well done Rog. Rob4580


Edited by Rob4580 (07/29/19 05:10 PM)

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#547348 - 07/29/19 05:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 2214
Loc: Victoria, BC
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You did a really great job with creating something quite atmospheric. Well done.
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#547374 - 07/29/19 11:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 12/06/03
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Loc: Sydney Australia
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Rog

Nicely done - well played and composed. Were the drums programmed via midi?
Atmospheric & bluesy - nice change at the bridge.

Peter

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#547423 - 07/30/19 08:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Loc: GA USA
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Hey, welcome back and what a song for the re-entry!

That intro grabbed us from the get go...cool guitar (and that which follows).

Love that super contrasting Beatles like bridge.

Super cool lyric that is absolutely nailed with the great vocal.

Getting a bit of Jeff Lynne and The Traveling Wilburys ... which for us is a very good thing!

FUN!

J&B

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#547425 - 07/30/19 08:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Cool tune..... things that go bump in the night.

To overcome that fear, you must become the night.

I enjoyed this. Nice work.....yep
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#547437 - 07/30/19 09:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Loc: WEST MIDLANDS, UK
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And it's not even Halloween!!
Great track, Rog.
The 'feel' takes me back to the 60's heavy Rockers we used to do.
Great vocal and superb tracks.
Loved the 'nod' to Space Oddity in the short bridge.
Welcome back
Ian


Edited by sixchannel (07/30/19 10:01 AM)
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#547448 - 07/30/19 11:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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ROG,

A great listen. A great overall sound. Cool song.

Always like your vocals! (and they fit this groove so well).

Terrific mix. Everything tucked in nicely where it needs to be. Cohesive.

Enjoyed.


fj

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#547482 - 07/30/19 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Rog,
Cool spooky rock tune! Very strong arrangement and mix. Vocals situated very well in it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#547511 - 07/30/19 09:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Loc: Maryland
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Nice song with a good, tried and true blues riff throughout, good effort on all fronts.
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#547521 - 07/30/19 11:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Loc: Stanwell Park NSW Australia
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I really like the string lines in the background.
The dynamics of this go from strut to Robert Wyatt style confessionals.
Your voice is wonderful - characterful and in tune.
Top shelf.
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#547522 - 07/31/19 12:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 233
Loc: SA, Australia
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Nice. Love the guitar work. Intriguing variation of beat and mood. Atmospheric.

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#547562 - 07/31/19 07:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
Registered: 02/15/17
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What a tune - I'm getting some 70's folk rock vibes with this one. It flows great, and I love the groove here. Nicely atmospheric, and it blends with the catchiness well. The kind of song I'd imagine sounding unreal live.

Thanks for sharing!
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#547607 - 07/31/19 03:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: Joe -PG Music]
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Loc: York, England
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I love this ROG!!! You've really created a mood with the music and the lyrics.....I'm feeling nervous already! All of the tracks, and particularly the vocals, sound really, really good! Certainly belongs on the Best of ROG album (first or last track on one side or the other)!. WONDERFUL!!! Take care. Greg

Hey, thanks Greg, that's very kind.
I always value your opinion and now you've made me feel like making a start on the album!.


Originally Posted By: Jim
An outstanding write...
I guess don't have a "nervous disposition" smile...
Because I certainly enjoyed listening to this one!

Hi Jim, Many thanks for the listen and pleased you enjoyed it.


Originally Posted By: Robertkc
ROG,
Danger with some funky guitars - I can feel that Stranger Things monster getting closer!
Everything gels on this - lyrics, backtrack, lead guitar and that scared feeling in your vocal.
Really good.
Robert

Hi Robert. That scared vocal is just my usual lack of confidence in my singing!
Many thanks for the listen and kind words.


Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Good one ROG! Enjoyed the overall vibe this has. Well done!

Hi Joe. Many thanks for looking in and the positive comments - much appreciated.

Cheers, ROG

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#547655 - 07/31/19 08:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Posts: 3398
Loc: Sacramento, California
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Fun listen! Love the maj7thy bridge and the nice guitar work.


Edited by dcuny (08/01/19 09:40 PM)
Edit Reason: "nice the" isn't very gramatical.
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Vocal control, you say. Never heard of it. Is that some kind of ProTools thing?

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#547735 - 08/01/19 09:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: THE CREATURE [Re: ROG]
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Loc: Finland
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Strong and scary story, that hypnotic groove adds the necessary thrill. That bridge part is very nice, psychedelic. Nice chording and guitar playing. Noel and Liam came to my mind but this is way better. I hope that creature won't show up here wink

Janne

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