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Dark Side of the Night

by Wanman & Floyd

Follow up to 'Light Side Of The Dark', this album explores dreams, emotions, passions and the sometimes dark side of our nature, liberally dipped in guitar and bass taking you on a roller coaster journey thru' the night with vocals that ambush the senses.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wheels of Steel
3:23 $0.99
2. Mr. Nobody
4:30 $0.99
3. Steel Blues
3:54 $0.99
4. Astral Funk
4:04 $0.99
5. Bought and Sold
4:06 $0.99
6. Midnight Dream
3:36 $0.99
7. Good Times Comin'
3:37 $0.99
8. Flat Cat Moan
2:42 $0.99
9. Midnight Dream #9
2:50 $0.99
10. Street Scenes
3:32 $0.99
11. Mother
5:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dark Side Of The Night – Wanman & Floyd - 2012

1. Wheels Of Steel (Kenna-Mc Guinness). Tony - Bass, rhythm & lead guitars, Boss drums, production, recording & mixing. Joe - Lead guitar.
2. Mr. Nobody (Mc Guinness). Joe - Lead & rhythm guitars, Boss drums, guitar synth, production, recording & mixing. Tony - Bass.
3. Steel Blues (Kenna). Tony - Bass, rhythm n riff guitars, Boss drums, vocals, production, recording & mixing. Joe - Lead guitar.
4. Astral Funk (Mc Guinness). Joe - Lead & rhythm guitars, guitar synth, Boss drums, production, recording & mixing. Tony - Bass.
5. Bought And Sold (Kenna). Tony - Bass, guitars, Boss drums, vocals, production, recording & mixing. Joe - Guitar.
6. Midnight Dream (Kenna- Mc Guinness) Tony - Bass, guitars, Boss drums, production, recording & mixing. Joe - Lead guitar.
7. Good Times Comin' (Kenna). Tony - Bass, Vocal, Boss drums, production, recording and mixing. Joe - Lead guitar.
8. Flat Cat Moan (Mc Guinness). Joe - Lead and rhythm guitars, Vocals, Boss drums, production, recording and mixing. Tony - Bass.
9. Midnight Dream #9 (Kenna). Tony - Bass, Guitars, Vocal, Boss Drums, production, recording & mixing. Joe - Lead guitar.
10. Street Scenes (Mc Guinness). Joe - Guitars, Boss Drums, Guitar synth, production, recording and mixing. Tony - Bass.
11. Mother (Kenna). Tony - Bass, Lead & rhythm guitars, Vocals, Boss drums, production, recording & mixing. Joe- Lead guitar.

Wheels Of Steel -

Tony - This was the first track recorded following the completion of Light Side Of The Dark. Initially I had some lyrics for it and put down a rough vocal over the backing of bass, guitar and drums. Having a 'Lizzy' moment I thought that a twin guitar riff might suit the chorus sections. I worked this out and recorded it throughout the song. At this stage I was thinking that maybe the song would become an instrumental and wasn't too exited by the vocal idea anyway. Edited the overall track to shorten it and send it off to Joe to see what ideas he might have to augment and complete it. Joe created a nice guitar solo which at times shadowed the riffs and at other times played a counter piece. This worked really well. Mixing was very easy and the result energised us to get stuck straight into the rest of the album, despite our original idea of backing off a little to make time to promote Light Side !

Joe - That's about the way it happened all right. I had it handy but, I'm happy with it .

Mr. Nobody -

Joe - Easy going Straight forward 12 bar blues. I don't think Tony was stretched with this one - he can do that kind of bass with one hand tied behind his back (actually - must try that sometime. I played guitar , Guitar synth ( to sound like church organ). I used the on- board drums. Recorded and mixed on my trusty old br 900CD.

Tony - This was pretty much finished when I got to it, a great big bluesy sound. Put down a little simple bass to help keep the wheels rolling. Once this was mixed we just knew that Mr. Nobody had to open the album along with Wheels. Two instrumentals, but people either like our stuff or not, for those who like, we felt this would be a great shot of energy.

Steel Blues -

Tony - Track 3 and first 'song'. I wanted another one with a riff, I like riffs, probably a bass player thing! It started to sound a little Metal and Punk so I rolled with that for the vocals. It says 'hey, I'm livin' my life with rock n roll, I'm busy so talk to me later'. The actual lyrics flowed straight out of the first line, a comment I had posted and Joe said he supposed a song would come of it...

Joe - I love this song (even before I made it lovelier with my guitar). I love the punky lyrics and raw agression. That's what I hope was intended.

Astral Funk -

Joe - Heavy Rock guitar tune. I put down an oscillator loop and some funk chords , around which axe (guitar) revolves. Top class bass (as always) provided by Tony Floyd Kenna. I used the on- board drums. Recorded and mixed on my trusty old br 900CD.
I think it worked out well .

Tony - Loved this from the first demo of it I heard. As well as Joe's gripping guitar there is a lot going on, all adding to the groove. I would have loved to put a very busy bass on it but what it called for was a solid groove supporting the fast moving roller coaster.

Bought And Sold -

Tony - This is the story of a Mother, a Daughter, a Sister, a Girl, who finds herself in a downward spiral working the streets. She wants to break free of the circle but ultimately it consumes her, a child is left at home watching out the window for his Mother who will never come home again... The song is the story, in the music I tried to capture the feel both of the tragedy and the all consuming world she found herself in. The vocals are meant to draw you in. I hope you can hear it and feel it. On a wider canvas the story can relate to any human condition from which there seems to be no escape, poverty, despair, addiction. Hopefully by identifying where we find ourselves we can do something to bring about change, but not always easy by any means.

Joe – Definitely The Dark Side..

Midnight Dream -

Tony - A sort of 'wide awake' journey thru' a dream. With alternating Bass and Guitar punching thru'. Dreams often take on their own life and direction. I had considered some lyrics for this but it felt it worked well without. Each listener can jump into the music and imagine their own dream...... The 'middle eight' represents a dream within a dream, sometimes the lines between reality and imagination can be blurred. Sometimes a dream can be a comfort.

Joe – I really enjoyed doing this one, love the groove.

Good Times Comin'

Tony - A little ray of light in the dark of night. Hope keeps us going, gives us focus.
After 6 big noisy songs we decided to keep this fairly sparse, just Bass, Guitar, Voice and Drum. A pause for thought before heading for the Dawn............

Joe - Life is good. I didn't have much to do on this either - just played the guitar sweetly.

Flat Cat Moan -

Joe - This was damage limitation. My cat really did have a heart-attack and , when I told Tony he smirked insensitively and said "great - I'll write a song about it". If this sad tail had been recorded - I would have been made homeless. " No ! it's o.k. I'll do it" I said bravely. I wrote Flat Cat Moan and that's a different story. Guitars by Joe , Vox by Joe, Top drawer bass as always by Tony. I used the on- board drums. Recorded and mixed on my trusty old br 900CD. I like it and maybe it will be used in some road - safety thing for T.V.

Tony - Yep, the cat run over by the cyclist..just a fantasy of course. I think this has a good classic RnB Blues feel. It fairly motors along, sort of reminds me of Joe taking off at a hundred miles an hour to write and record this before I got a chance to bury the real cat, which still lives !

Midnight Dream #9 -

Tony - The initial backing for this very nearly got used for the 'cat' song ! But once Joe's idea for Flat Cat Moan started to form it got parked. Only the lead guitar survives the original idea. The words of Midnight Dream #9 suggested a very definite bass and a deliberate driving rhythm guitar. I had written the words the previous week and had a fair idea of how they might go, they just had to wait for their turn, as we had so much going on. There are three dreamscapes here, one is 'the girl', two is 'rejection' and three is facing 'the self'. There is no happy ending, just continuing survival...and a little hope...

Joe - I can't argue with that - I just played along (on the guitar)

Street Scenes -

Joe – Street Scenes, a collage, a swirling canvas of sound.

Tony - A nice fairly free form piece, sounds simple but we had to dig a bit to decide on a sort of 'structure' that the bass would follow. Of course having imposed this the final overdubs had to conform a little, a little extra work for Joe I know !

Mother -

Tony - The idea of Mother, the person of Mother has been addressed in so many great and evocative songs, just think of John Lennon, Pink Floyd.... Many of us just grow up and take our mothers for granted and perhaps only realise how important and loving they are...when they're gone. There are so many thoughts of what we could, should have, done and said. The words of this song are simple, it's hard to know just what to say. The emotion is calling out, in simple terms you just want to be able to say something, even though you may not be quite sure what that something is. So I pretty much took the first words that came into my head as I felt these would surely reflect the deeper emotions and memories. For me the song needed to be strong and full of that emotion and passion, the 'chorus' would just be a moment of focus and energy, a moment to imagine your Mother and all that she meant to you. A simple strong riff structure served, and seeing as this is the album closer I based it on the riff from the opening track, Wheels Of Steel. Sort of circle of life. Most of it is first take, purposely not too polished or refined, I wanted to capture a rawness, the cry to the Heavens. Unusually for me I didn't work it all out beforehand, I just turned on the recorder and played and sang it as it came to me. Of course this meant that I then had to go back and map out what I'd done for the overdubs !
Joe said the song sounds 'personal', I think this means that it worked.

Joe – Yep, sounds personal, pretty much ready when I got to it, just had to add some lead guitar.



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