Reverend Poky Bunge “Rock Strong” Album

Production and Recording, You Don't Know The Jack | August 13th, 2008

Bunge 'Rock Strong' album cover Sometimes, serious music just ain’t no fun. That’s where Reverend Poky Bunge comes in: Reverend Poky Bunge is like… Frank Zappa, but for the Short Bus.

“Rock Strong” is Reverend Poky Bunge’s most commercial sounding record, and I overproduced the hell out of it too, which was a lot of fun.

Production Notes

Halfway through the recording of the album, the bass player disappeared. When we needed him to overdub his clean bass tracks, he quit the band instead. Lucky for us, I had had his scratch tracks to steal so we could complete the album. It took a lot of cut and paste within the DAW to make it work, because the scratch bass was really sloppy.

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Excerpt of the Reverend Poky Bunge album “Rock Strong” / approx time: 4:40 /with “Rock Strong”, “Butt-Pirates of Penzance”, “Rock and Roll Jihad” and Never Give Money (to the Mentally Ill)”and “A$$ 2 Mouth” / Written by Reverend Poky Bunge ©2008 Schiddy Music / Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Billy ‘The Jack’

I recorded the drums first — and I played them without any accompaniment. In the reggae song, the bass player didn’t know the song too well, for the bass was sloppy. Since I didn’t want to just cut and paste the whole rhythm section (it would have made the song sound too “programmed”, so I made an amalgam of the bassist’s played tracks, cut from different portions of the song, built the general riff as a single measure then pasted it throughout the verses, sometimes stretching or contracting the sample to fit into the rhythms. It was a lot of work and I don’t want to have to do it again. But they payed me an extra bonus for it.

This is the second most over produced record I have done, the first being my self produced All Flesh “New Revelation” album. Many of the same technique employed therein were used for this release, most especially with the wall of guitars, and the drums (except that these were acoustic drums recorded in my basement then gated, processed, huge.

Its fun playing with different genres within an album. What makes it whole is that I mixed it as an album instead of as separate songs. All the rhythm rock guitars, drums, and bass were mixed the same throughout.

I disliked the guitar sound from the start; both were played through pedal boards hastily set up. So I ran the output of each into the clean channel of my Peavy Classic Fifty, played with the amp’s settings until I got the sound I wanted, put my vintage Sure Unidyne to the grill and rerecorded it back into the DAW. What a great grinding sound which the rest of the guys just loved. )I’ll use any trick I can to get the sound I want, and I’d rather use analogue techniques instead of the DAW’s plugins.

There are two lead players sometimes (like the first track, which is a parody of young guitar god wannabes), so I hard panned them where the two soloed off of each other (with my home-made reverb technique added to give them depth). In others I put them in the center, depending on the song.

Bonus Song Time!

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