Song n. 5: Ms. Daniel (Hard to Handle)

Ha! So this here is where it starts to get more interesting. “Ms. Daniel” is the first in a series of songs that I’ll be talking about from now on that have not been released, and that have not been played live. That means even more exclusivity for you, pledgers! Totally deserved, by the way (thank you <3). Just keep in mind I’ll remember to post demos that don’t spoil the surprises so much. Let’s keep the big ones for when the album is released πŸ˜‰

First of all, well, Ms. Daniel was supposed to be the lyrics for “Take it or Leave it”! Haha! But when we started writing “Take it or Leave it”, it felt like it deserved lyrics that approached other themes. So we saved that idea for later, and I think these lyrics couldn’t be more appropriate to this song. Well, I think the title is kinda self-explanatory, but maybe you’ll get some other ideas when you finally read it. We wanted to talk about alcoholism, of course. But also about another kind of addiction, one that is not related to substances.

Alice recording the bass for Ms. Daniel

Remember I said “Poison” was our punk-est song to date? Well, “Ms. Daniel” shows off all our grunge influences, namely Alice in Chains (Alice did a fine job with backing vocals, wait ’till you hear it). Also, it’s the only song in all the CD that has standard tuning instead of drop D. Even tough I’m convinced there are still some changes to be made, I think “Ms. Daniel” has a really catchy chorus that will make you sing both riff and vocal melody for days. I know I did.

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Ideas for Ms. Daniel’s lyrics

As you already know, I sometimes just sit there and play with no intention whatsoever, and in one of those times I recorded this riff right here. Date of recording: June the 5th, 2015 (and again, sorry about my ass-face ahaha)

Months later, going through my riff library, I remembered this and thought it could be interesting to work on that idea. So it became “Ms. Daniel”‘s main riff. With all the things I’d mentioned before in mind (not using such obvious structure, yadda yadda yadda), I started from that and built “Ms. Daniel”. When I recorded it, Felipe suggested a change that I thought made the song sound even more what I wanted it to sound like – different.

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