March 18, 2014

Shredding with Semeron: Guitar Riff Contest

Learn one of our riffs, record yourself playing it and post it online for a chance to win free tickets to our March 22nd show at the Fine Line or a Semeron t-shirt! Entries should be posted by March 22nd & videos are most welcome. SHRED!

 

 

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March 17, 2014

The Semeron Job

Behold! A Semeron original film! “The Semeron Job”.

See what the critics are raving about! Rated PG-13 for some language, action, mature subject matter.

 

 

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March 14, 2014

Hey bands, put down that backing track!

A treatise on backing tracks

 If you are in a rock band, and you’re playing to backing tracks while playing live… you’re doing it wrong. Way wrong.

This may ruffle some feathers, but this has bothered me for some time now, and is becoming disturbingly more common in the local scene.  If you’ve been to a live show recently, I’m sure you’ve heard it, whether you’re aware of it or not.  How are there 3 sets of vocals coming through, and only one guys singing?  I heard a melodic guitar part, but the guitarists are just playing power chords?  Wha?

How and why did this trend start?  When I hear a backing being played on stage, I immediately think two things: one, this band is not capable (or unwilling to put in the effort) of playing their own music live, two, this song must really stink.

Good songs should be able to stand on their own, without all the studio fluff.  If it can’t, and you really need that harmony part, or that dub-step backing beat, FIGURE OUT HOW TO PLAY IT!  Recompose, add another player, do something…anything.

Backing tracks also kill the spontaneity of a live performance; the best part about music!  I love watching live shows because you never know what’s going to happen.  Will the band screw up?  Will they add something interesting?  Turn that favorite metal song of yours into a soft ballad, pump up that acoustic interlude into something skull crushing?
No no no!

The moment you hit play on that backing track, you’re locked in.  There’s no deviation, there’s no surprises.  I’ve got a better idea, how about you guys just stand on stage and just let the album play from your iPod.  If you’re looking for perfection, it won’t get any more perfect than the studio album right?  Just stand on stage while we, the fans, watch, and listen to those 80 layers of pristine guitar tone with 5 double-double tracked and auto-tuned vocals.

The best musical moments occur when something random happens.  Something that showcases the talent of the musicians on stage, highlighting their ability to adapt and you know…make music.  Music is intended to relay feelings and ideas to the listener and when it becomes mechanical, it just looks so phony and plastic.

“But our music is so complex and layered, all those tracks add to the dynamic!” Go listen to some live Queen performances and get back to me.  Those guys adapted all their songs to sound amazing live (and flawless to boot).

As a fan though, I don’t need perfection; I just want a little effort.

So to answer my first question, who did this trend start?  I don’t know, I’m sure there’s a complex answer there somewhere; about the corporatization of modern music, short attention span of listeners, etc. etc

Meh, the short answer?  I blame Linkin Park.

JR

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January 20, 2014

We’re baaaaaack!

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June 26, 2013

Semeron in 8-bit!

When Semeron is writing a new song, new riffs and ideas are flowing back and forth. Often times, songs get converted into MIDI format for the purposes of quick sharing. This leads to some incredibly epic sounding video game music.

Since converting contemporary songs into “8-bit” is all the rage with the kids these days, here is our first (of many), “Semeron in 8-bit” entries.

This tune was something we played live a few shows back. Maybe it’ll end up on the next album? Or better yet, maybe it’ll end up on the next Zelda remake.

Zelda

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