Category: Rainbow Season

RAINBOW SEASON EP AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is. Me and my brother wrote an EP. We wrote melodies, lyrics, then sang and played to create the songs, and then the music was arranged and mixed and mastered to the best of our collective abilities. We present to you the final product of our labours:

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The Rainbow Season EP.

Head over to iTunes now to listen to and download the EP!

Track listing:

  1. Control (4:39)
  2. In My Box (4:56)
  3. Breakthrough (4:54)
  4. Judgement Day (6:06)

Rainbow Season are an electronic music duo originally from Surrey, England, now living in Perth, Western Australia, consisting of brothers James Paddock (writing, composition, backing vocals and mixing) and Ben Paddock (additional writing, lead vocals).

Their style is perhaps unsual, merging the facets of rock, particularly of the alternative and progressive varieties, into upbeat electronic pop numbers. They perform with a range of vocal styles, from quiet to harsh. Their music aims to provoke thought on touchy or controversial subjects such as self-aggrandizement, social introversy, self-humiliation in the pursuit of internet fame, and the prediction of doomsday.

Composition-wise, the songs aim to have a wide spread of sounds, mainly electronic, but not discounting acoustic – as well as complex arrangements, keeping the songs varied with strong instrumental solos, frequent (but non-jarring) key changes, and instrumentation change-ups to allow for maximum dynamic and timbral variation. Most importantly, however, the songs are written with pop-like catchiness and memorability in mind, with the songs being highly melody-driven, the instrumental sections having as much musical diversity as possible, and the sung sections having infectious vocal hooks and powerful rhythms to make sure the songs can be sung along to, and also danced to.

James and Ben Paddock grew up in Addlestone, Surrey, England, before moving to Norfolk for their higher education and finally to Wanneroo, Western Australia, to pursue their interests and careers. Both are virtually completely self-taught in everything they’ve put together on this album, aside from James who has recently started vocal tuition, and for future Rainbow Season pursuits will be taking a more upfront approach to performing and recording his vocals.

With the release of their debut self-titled EP, they sincerely hope you’ll enjoy their take on what music is really all about.

Rainbow Season EP READY FOR RELEASE!

Ladies and men of the gentle disposition, I can conclusively say that Rainbow Season, the joint musical venture between myself and my brother, are finally ready to unleash their EP to the world. The tracks have been mixed to the best of my ability, mastered, and uploaded to CDBaby – and the EP will be available for purchase on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon on January 12th, 2014!

Recently the brilliant Thomas van der Velden created a new piece of artwork for the EP’s cover. He loves his giant robots. Here’s what he had to say about deciding to do it this way:

So basically it’s a giant robot walking around in a rainbow-like landscape.
I could tell you a philosophical story about how the giant robot symbolises your musical creations, which allow you to step into the colorful world of music. The robot (your music) allows you to rise above the normal world, but only works with both pilots (musicians) present.
… but really I just wanted to draw a giant robot 🙂

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Screw symbolism! GIANT ROBOTS.

Ben and I sincerely hope you enjoy the music as soon as it’s available. We will uploading further promotional videos in the near future, which will hopefully include a teaser trailer of all four tracks, and at least one lyric video. Until then, here is an exclusive preview of the first track off the Rainbow Season EP – Control.

Rainbow Season in the studio!

My brother and I have been focusing super-hard on Rainbow Season lately. The last two months have been spent rehearsing, refining, and in some places rewriting the four songs we have planned for our debut EP.

Here’s what has happened in that time:

  • All the songs have undergone some fairly drastic changes in terms of vocal melodies. The version of “Control” I uploaded to SoundCloud is now terribly out of date.
  • “Sleep”, which we played at the Joondalup Battle of the Bands last October, is no longer going to be on the EP. It was dropped because it was becoming difficult for us to work with. Not to mention the problem of trying to record vocals for five songs within an eight-hour period, which would have been almost impossible.
  • “In My Box” is now to be played and sung a semitone higher.
  • The song that was called “2012” is now called “Judgement Day”. Fortunately, the song’s lyrics don’t specifically make reference to 2012 – the supposed year of the apocalypse – so they haven’t had to be rewritten.
  • Also, we now hate all of these songs. But you might still be able to like them, so what the hey does our opinion matter. 😛

Studio shenanigans below:

Huge thanks to Alan Smith (Bergerk! Studio’s engineer) for his time, patience and dedication when we recorded our vocals with him. The EP is very close to being done now. It’s just a case of making sure it’s all mixed and produced properly, then we’ll try to get in online in some form of digital download – a market we need to investigate a bit further.

New Rainbow Season cover – “Animals” by Muse

For those of you interested in me and my brother’s vocal ventures, we’ve uploaded another cover to our Rainbow Season set on my SoundCloud page. It’s “Animals” by Muse, an excellent song off their latest album, “The 2nd Law“.

Other songs in this set include a remix/cover of Pendulum’s “The Island”, and our original song “Control”.

We really enjoyed doing this one – I did particularly, because it involved reconstructing the song from the ground up, and it’s considerably more complex than many of the others I’ve finished so far. Its 5/8 time signature, odd polyrhythms and chromatic chords make for a very interesting and pleasing track, and a definite challenge when it comes to arranging it. Then, once the track was laid down, I had to find the vocal harmonies that were happening during the choruses. Many of them I kind of worked out by process of elimination rather than using my ears to detect what Muse actually do in those sections, so while our harmonies may not be completely faithful to the original, they’re more or less accurate and still pretty much work regardless, I think.

As to the project itself, we still need to decide what we’re going to do with it. We’ve booked some time in a proper studio (eight hours at Bergerk! Studios, a prize we won in Battle of the Bands) so we can get some studio-quality vocals done for our EP. That’s to be in April 2013, though, so we have a bit of a gap to fill for our audience until then, with whatever activities we can find.

However it goes, we’ll continue to work on our singing abilities (we’re still learning!), and we’ll do our best to keep our update frequency up on that front. Hope you enjoy the cover. 🙂

7 days until Battle of the Bands

In a week’s time, my brother and I will be off to Arena Joondalup for our first ever live performance.

Well, not the arena per se. The sports bar, to be precise, which is only a 200-seater venue. Oh… hang on, 200 people? Erm, that’s quite a bit more than a few. In fact, that’s more than the total number of people we’ve played to so far… by 200.

Eeeeeeeek.

Yesterday we attended a briefing with the city’s youth organizer Alise. I’ll be honest, I do feel a tiny bit outside of the age range to be participating in a youth event – the contest is aimed at the 12-18 range and I am two years senior (but my younger brother fits in – just about, so that’s how we’re eligible), but I have to remind myself that I won’t be mixing with people a great deal younger than those I mixed with in Sixth Form. A good deal of these people are probably interested in the same things I am, so I probably shouldn’t be concerned.

The contest being a youth event, its coordinator(s) and stage manager(s) will be doing everything in their power to make the event run smoothly – I’m reliant that they’ll make the process short and simple even for an idiot like me, who really has no experience at all with the “gear” side of music performance. Everything seems to be fairly relaxed (even the technical briefing was) so it’s pointless stressing out too much about it.

It’s been a bit of an upward climb accustoming to performing my songs live, though – there’s been many a moment where I’ve been completely ashamed of how badly I still seem to be capable of performing at times. I realize that the pain of dealing with your inabilities in a field you’re not completely comfortable with is an integral part of doing something new and outside your comfort bubble, but as a perfectionist, anything other than perfection – especially in the medium of music and singing – irks me greatly.

Despite all this, I think we’ve finally reached a state where we’re not completely awful, so that’s a step forward, probably. We’ll be squaring off against three other acts called, Stone Cold, Crank and Silent Shock, all of whom I think are more fitting of the descriptor “rock band” – we’re simply a two-piece electronic rock act.

Damn it, I’m being self-deprecating again. I can’t help it, I’m English.

Here’s a Facebook photo gallery of our recent rehearsals.

Now we’ve got to encourage people to come along and support us. Might be tricky, as we… don’t know that many people in the 12-18 age range who might be interested. Hmm.

Anyway, as daunting as it is, it’s also incredibly exciting. This could be our big breakthrough for 2012. I’ve been huddled asleep in my box for too long – it’s time to take some control.

(That last sentence is incredibly clever.)

Announcing: Rainbow Season

Remember how I announced that thing that my brother and I were going to do? That was like, months ago, and I did it in a fairly convoluted way, so those of you who read this blog might not entirely remember it. I realize now that I essentially buried this climactic announcement amidst a massive wall of text that I bet the majority of you (understandably) glossed over.

To be honest, until recently it’s taken a back seat to other things, which makes all the hype I delivered it with initially seem pointless. But right now, it’s at the top of our priority lists. As of August 23rd, my brother and I are now involved in a new project. I present to you:

For years I’ve wanted a career as a solo bedroom musician. It’s always seemed like the ideal life for me. I’ve never really trusted my ability to reproduce songs live because I’m more of a writer than a performer. To be honest, I’d still love to be able to earn a living just from writing songs that people can simply click a “play” button to appreciate – like being a video game composer or something. Don’t get me wrong, I think that being in a full band or an ensemble would be great, especially if I get to play my own stuff as part of it, but right now just taking my keyboard out into the real world feels like a major move outside of my comfort zone. Working with other people has always felt a little uncomfortable to me, but when I start feeling a kind of synergy from our combined efforts, I really start to pick up steam.

My brother Ben is a better singer than I. That’s just fact. He’s had more tuition than me. He uses his voice more on a daily basis (even when it means shutting himself in his bedroom and talking to himself loudly for hours on end). So to me, it makes sense to have him sing on our tracks. He’s also contributing to the songwriting process, as far as lyrics are concerned, at least.

The tracks that I’ve written for this project follow a far more rigid structure than most of the ones I’ve written so far. Until I started writing with a more “pop music” angle in mind, my songs never really had a chorus to speak of, just repeated riffs, and certainly not lyrics. While the tracks for this project are definitely more pop-oriented, there are still “progressive” elements to it, such as sudden key changes, odd time signatures (one of them uses 13/4 time) and slightly more complex riffs. Many of them are uplifting, high-energy synth-driven tracks, with the occasional emulated acoustic guitar, with plenty of strings and piano added to boost the acoustic department, as well.

Now, the reason for this project suddenly becoming important again? A battle of the bands contest is taking place not far from where I live, and my brother and I are eligible to enter. It’s being advertised as “the big break your band has been looking for” and it looks like there’s some great prizes available.

Today we were notified that we’ve been selected to perform. There’ll be three other bands at the event, all mainly in the age range of 12-18 (so the majority of them will be younger than me, but by no means am I ruling out the possibility of getting upstaged). We have until October 28th to get our live rig, our stage presence and a 25-minute set sorted out. This’ll mean playing pretty much all the songs we have planned for our eventual EP, but we need to get them into a presentable state, not to mention rendering instrumental versions of the songs that we can use as backing tracks, and setting up my laptop so that my keyboard can play bits of the songs.

Looks like we’re gonna be pretty busy for the next two months. As such, I’d like to point out that I won’t be taking a great deal of new requests, if any, until further notice.

Anyway, the two tracks we submitted are here on SoundCloud. One is an original called “Control”, the other is a remix/cover of Pendulum’s “The Island”. We’ve worked as hard as we possibly could on them, and overall I think we actually did pretty well with the final vocal take.

Control
The Island

(It’s nothing absolutely stellar, though. We still have a long way to go in the singing department.)

Eager to hear all of your thoughts. If any of you have any criticism, please take us to the cleaners. Please. 😛

We have a Facebook page, too. (Please “like” even if you hate us.)
Rainbow Season