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Mar 22, 2011 | 9:23 AM EDT
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3 min 43 sec
4.23 / 5.00

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Rated 4.23 / 5 stars
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Here is a song I wrote then recorded with my band, Block Monkeys.

I'm the lead singer/lead guitarist.


If one day I got a letter
Telling of my last semester
In the school of life

I'd be shocked, be damned
And ready to drop

If my senses failed now
I'd just lie down
And wait for death

Painless or burning,
I am still yearning
To keep my posture erect!

On my last day on earth
I'd try to change the world
Do things I'd never do
If I could see tomorrow in bloom

On my last day on earth
I'd wish and wish for rebirth
Cause I haven't spent enough time
Talking to you

How 'bout to start a war,
Rekindle emotions worn
By the decay of ages

Maybe I can start a website
"Futility" it screams, right
Haha, definitely not

I could go for a walk,
Punch a man in the eye
To impress his wife

Or break down a wall
In a silent corridor
To force neighbors to meet

On my last day on earth
I'd try to change the world
Do things I'll never do
If I could see tomorrow in bloom



Rated 5 / 5 stars


I really love the melody for this song it's really beautiful, you guys are really talented. Also if possible could I have the basic chords for the song?

Sawdust responds:

Thanks a lot man! Sure thing!

The chords are F, G and Am for the chorus, F G C F for the verse and G F for the bridge. It's actually a pretty simple song :P But I'm really glad you liked it! PM me if you want links to our other stuff!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Recording Could Use Work.

It's hard to review a song when it's not recorded at a very high level. No offense intended, I totally understand that it's hard though. Good equipment is expensive. So I'll go ahead and pretend that I'm hearing this live, and ignore recording issues. Just keep tweaking it I guess.

Anyway, the vibe I'm getting is very Smashing Pumpkins. After hearing it once, I half expect you to say "the world is a vampire" at the beginning. Vocally, you really aren't that dynamic, from what I can hear. Which isn't inherently bad; Radiohead is the same way, and they're a great band. Keep working on it. Consider taking vocal lessons though. You're not bad at all. But you've got a couple little hiccups in there, that I can't describe or help you with. I'm just not a vocalist.

Drums, I'm pretty familiar with. There are a couple issues, mostly with cymbals being hit a little too soon or too early. The mixing is pretty good though. You still need to turn it down a bit though. Most of the time, I'll hear bands that go heavy on the cymbals, and they'll just drown themselves out. At that point, it's not a song. It's just noise. However, you're playing with an open hi-hat, and for that, you do need to pump up your bass and snare drums. I can barely hear them part of the time. This is all just mixing though. You'll get much better with practice. Your technique is perfectly fine.

Bass guitar, you're fine. It's a pretty simple line, but bass doesn't need to be fancy. Consider adding mini solos on occasion, constructed out of your scales. 1, 5, and 7 are pretty standard notes to use.

Guitar, you play fine, except you need to play louder. Especially on solos. The drums should be turned down and play something very simple, while the guitar gets turned up. That's the whole idea of a solo. =P I thought I heard some timing issues in the beginning, but that could be the cymbals being hit differently. It's hard to tell .

Tl;Dr: Tweak your mixing, get more dynamic vocals, hit less cymbals, play more interesting bass-lines, and turn up your guitar.

I hope this helps you. You're a decent band, especially for your age. Also note that these are only opinions based on personal taste. Like I mentioned before, there are a couple of great bands that play similar to you.


Sawdust responds:

Thanks a lot man! Actually, the recording WAS live, so in the way of mixing, I wasn't able to do much.

As for the drums, I couldn't do much to bring them higher in the mix either and stuff.

The bassline is actually irritatingly simple, I wanted a different one but my bassist isn't competent enough to play the bassline I thougt up for this.

The guitar was also a victim of the whole, live recording mixing thing. I couldn't do much D:

Anyway yeah, thanks for the input, this really helped a lot. I'll request reviews again next time I upload something by my band =D


Rated 4 / 5 stars

That was really good

That was really good, especially seeing as you guys are fairly young. I like the meaning of the lyrics and how they were sung. You could go somewhat far with this type of music, well done.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

pretty decent

It's not my taste at all but it's pretty decent dood. I could see you guys play SXSW os something

Sawdust responds:

Thanks man!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Block Monkeys? Awesome

Well first off the band name is creative. Secondly this song sounds really nice so good work with it. You kind of sound like a girl here, no offense taken right? However the song sounds good. Also who writes the lyrics? They write some good lyrics!!

The drums are superb and they sound very lovely here so great job to whoever is on the drums. The bass is good and visibly hearable with a good line going. Not much to say about the bass either though. Although hearing a bass breakdown are nice every now and then. The vocals and guitar are the lovliest parts here though.

Really love the message you convey here. Love. <3

Overall, great work, good breakdown.

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Sawdust responds:

Thanks a lot man! I write the lyrics, and the reviewer below you is the drummer. I'm really happy you liked the song, and there's definitely more the come! Thanks again!!!