Every once in a while we stumble upon new, interesting SoundCloud stories. When they were writing material for their new album 'Light the Shallows’, Melbourne-based indie rock band Tall Buildings used the SoundCloud as a collaborative tool to help with their writing process. We spoke with band member Drew Pearse with how it went down:
Could you please give a brief introduction to readers who might not have been introduced to Tall Buildings before?
Tall Buildings is a new project featuring current and former members of Melbourne band Gersey. We have been around since 2008, working collaboratively on a record, trying to do things a bit different and having fun along the way. This has been a chance for us to throw together sounds and influences that we haven’t had a chance to previously. Take some great parts of the 90’s like Buffalo Tom, The Replacements - mix it up with Neil Young, The Jayhawks and Wilco and you will arrive somewhere close.
You used SoundCloud right in the middle of your creative phase. Who came up with the idea to use SoundCloud for exchanging feedback with one another in the band like this?
We started using Soundcloud right back when the band first got together in 2008. I don’t remember specifically, but I think I heard about the service via some blogs. Either way…we quickly found that it filled a gap in our creative process, and it was a perfect fit for how we wanted to go about writing. The big challenge for us was capturing a song in its early stages in the rehearsal room, and then circulating it so that everyone could stay up-to-date.
Light The Shallows by Tall Buildings
How did your general work flow look like? Where there any specific features that you used a lot or found to be particularly handy?
We started out by throwing down audio on a Macbook running Ableton Live. That was a pretty easy way for us to record overdubs in the rehearsal space, and play with song structures. I could then upload the rough tracks to SoundCloud to distribute to the rest of the band. Once the iPhone app was released, it became super easy to listen back to songs out and about - or put together vocal ideas in the car etc. Outside of this we were using sets to cluster together song ideas at a point in time so we didn’t lose them. Perhaps not how the functionality was intended - but it played a critical part in the writing process.
We also used the integration with flavors.me to provide a sneak preview of the album before launch.
What’s there to expect from your album then?
You can expect 40 mins of alt-country rock! Whilst we did a lot of the pre-production and overdubs ourselves, the record really couldn’t have been done without the engineering of Idge, along with the great mixing by Sloth at Headgap Studios here in Melbourne. We have also been very luck to have the support of Mushroom Music Publishing in Australia.
Thanks Drew! Check them on SoundCloud.com/tallbuildings and their website!