Sometimes you just have to deal with the cards you have been given. The band Building Plans hope to get into a professional studio someday soon but for now they want to record and get their music down. Building Plans did what any band how is around their age with a limited amount of resources would do. They made due with what they had.
Tom Green (guitar/vocals), Gihanah Seb-Di Dio (guitar), James Goodwin (drums) and Matt Smalley (bass) busted out a Tascam Dp-008ex 8-track recording module and got to work on their self-titled EP Building Plans. As you would expect the recording quality isn’t very good but at least it showcases the band's abilities.
The band opens with “All Work No Play” which is a decent song. There aren’t many surprises as the song revolves around basic power chord progression. The bass was very hard to hear which was a shame because the riff was enjoyable. I have to admit I was scratching my head as to why Green was quoting the movie The Shining. He sings, “All work and no play / Makes Jack a dull dull boy / All work and no play Makes Jack a dull dull boy.”
If you don’t have much of a budget and minimal experience recording it usually helps to keep things clean. My case and point is the second track “By The Lake” which is the highlight on the EP. The guitar parts are the most enjoyable aspect of the songs. On top of that Green delivers his best vocal performance, which still is far from perfect.
“Christmas” is about 4 dbs softer than the previous track and has some distortion on the chorus. As I mentioned distortion can be a track killer on really low budget recordings and that's pretty much what happens when they step on their distortion pedals. “Past Present” was the most original song on the EP. The band toys with a descending riff on the verse. They later launch into a more palatable chorus but eventually go back to the original riff.
Luckily, for Building Plans they are a young band (from their Facebook pics I’m guessing high school) and have tons of time to work out their kinks. The band will have to make some strides before competing with popular underground bands but who knows what could happen in the next year or two.
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