I recently recorded a cover of Gene Defcon’s “Liz” on Garageband. I’ve been mostly using Garageband since I got it last November and have found that one of the only ways to get a non-garageband sounding recording is to add a lot of reverb and fuzz to everything. Many contemporary bands are doing this and you will notice it right away if you pay attention to underground music(blog-rock). So many bands are doing this, in fact, that it becomes easy to tell who is using Garageband by the kind of fuzz and reverb they use in recordings. I find it to be alright. It will probably go down in history as a golden era for home-computer recordings. The new lo-fi golden era.
I was listening to Gene Defcon’s “Come Party With Me 2000″ and while I was listening to “Liz”, a song I had heard many many times, I noticed how crazy the drums were. I tried to imagine what they would sound like if they were just the drums were just played straight and with real drums, not a drum machine. I picked up on how the phrase “I don’t mind” had been used in a similar way as The Jesus And Mary Chain frequently uses the phrase (think “Snakedriver”). I ultimately imagined it as a JAMC-esque reverb drenched wash of fuzz and melody. Although this is not the typical style in which i record songs, I thought this was a rather successful attempt to emulate a sound that is so popular with young bands now days.
This is the cover of the 7″ for “Liz” on Lookout! Records released in May of 2000