We have two shows today, and I hope that many of you will join us (Sucré) for the second one at Bootleg tonight. In the meantime, here is our live video for Hiding Out (filmed by Brook Linder). Enjoy!
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(In case you didn’t hear, Sucré has a new song posted on our Facebook Page! This post is about the making of that song.)
As I mentioned before, Hiding Out was the first song Sucré ever worked on together. At the time, there was not a name for the band, and the idea of it being a band, hadn’t fully been discussed. Of course it was a dream of mine to work with Darren and Stacy, but we all basically tried to play it cool for a while. But this all started when she sent me a track of her vocals. Someday, I’ll try to dig it up and show you where the song started. I believe it was just a vocal, and perhaps some kind of keyboard cello.
I think I first started writing the guitar that you hear on the verse. It of course is my old Silvertone nylon string acoustic. I started messing with trying to create a guitar part that seemed to sway back and forth- much like the vocal and background vocals. I used my Trident 4T channel strip, and squashed the hell out of it, while also cutting out all frequencies above 5k, and everything below 200hz. After completing this initial stage, I knew the song was going to be my favorite song I’d ever worked on.
After writing the first verse, I wanted to “feel” a little more space where it came in. So I started crafting an intro that would rise, getting louder and louder until the bottom drops out on the downbeat of the first verse. In many ways, the intro of this song only exists to serve the first verse- and I believe the contrast between the two is magical. Am I allowed to call something I recorded “magical”???
The first chorus is fairly straightforward.
It didn’t seem right that the second verse should just go back to the lull of the first verse. So I changed to a 6/8 beat there, and played a pattern on the Silvertone that had a lot more movement to it. Darren more recently added all of the epic timpani that you hear on this verse. Seen below:
But I believe the most vital part to this whole arrangement, is Stacy’s voice. And yes, that is probably true with every song we write, but I’m talking more about the background vocals and harmonies. The “oooh’s” that you hear on the verse’s are so elegant and simple, but the song couldn’t stand without them.
When we were recording the harmonies for the chorus, I remember laying down a first and second harmony, and wanting to call it “done”. But Stacy insisted that she had a few more to add in to the words “Hiding out, hiding out” on the chorus. It seemed a little unnecessary to have a six part harmony on one line, but we tracked it anyway. But those harmonies now make up the climax of the whole song, as well as one of the most beautiful moments on the entire album. I’ve very proud of this one.
We thought we’d surprise you all today with a new Sucré song! It’s actually not that new, as it is the first song Stacy and I worked on together. You can use the link here:
Or you can “Like” us on Facebook to download the song! Please tell us what you think!!