The Verge of Faith

In this installment I tackled Josh Baker’s The Verge of Faith.

Verge of Faith – Original Rough Tracks

The first order of business was to select a drum groove and feel for the track. I selected a set of drum loops from Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver and Guns n’ Roses. A good rockin’ groove. I replaced the acoustic guitars with my trusty Slope D single mic’ed, tracked 3 times…

Acoustics

I added the bass and played that through the guitar amp to get some grunge to it. That seemed a bit to folk sounding so I added some grinding Telecaster…

Tele

Under this I put some more distorted Telecaster sounds created with the OCD pedal panned hard left and right…

OCD

Given the emotion of the tune I felt that a very hard edged Telecaster lead sound would cut through the mix and deliver. Here is the sound used in the intro, listen for a very agressive solo in the final song where I tried to rip the strings off the guitar.

Lead

Still the song was missing something. I added a tremolo part during quieter sections tying the tune together. I echo the intro riff quietly with this part later in the tune. Note the very subtle trem track right at the end of the song as well. Here is a sample of the tremolo sound courtesy of the tremolo on the Swart Atomic Space Tone…

Tremolo

The tune’s theme is the contrast between desperation and vulnerability. I attempted to create this mood. Let’s see how well it worked…

The Verge of Faith

BTW: again, no AutoTune on this vocal, but I did cut and paste parts of the vocals around.