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We Are Heroes

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Gotta keep growing. Gotta keep changing. Time to forge into the genre of hard rock and give it the ol' Finn M-K try.

I owe a special thanks to this track for being my winning song in the 2017 NGADM. Hooray!

If you'd like to support me, you can buy this song on my Bandcamp:
https://finnmk.bandcamp.com/track/we-are-heroes

Original background photo by George Alexander Ishida Newman -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/takoyaki_king/ - then edited by me.

LYRICS
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Tell me brother: are you ever down?
Sometimes we need a way to get out
Well I've got a special kind of way
To get out of the daily grey
Just use your mind
'Cause you make the rules inside

Imagination set me free
Give me power and

Give me a drum beat and a bass line
'Cause I am a hero tonight
A lover catching my eye
I gotta save her, I gotta save her
My nemesis has got her and she can't get away
He'll take over the world if I don't rescue the day
I know it's not real but inside of my mind
I am a hero tonight

Tell me sister: how's the 9-5?
Bossman is perching on you; do you feel alive?
Well now you know my special way
To get out of the daily grey
Just use your mind
'Cause you make the rules inside

Imagination set me free
Give me power and

Give me a drum beat and a bass line
'Cause I am a hero tonight
A lover catching my eye
I gotta save her, I gotta save her
My nemesis has got her and she can't get away
He'll take over the world if I don't rescue the day
I know it's not real but inside of my mind
I am a hero tonight

Gather your strength, you're gonna need it tonight
Our enemy's here, this is the final fight

So give me a drum beat and a bass line
'Cause I am a hero tonight
A lover catching my eye
I gotta save her, I gotta save her
'Cause my nemesis has got her and she can't get away
He'll take over the world if I don't rescue the day
I know it's not real but inside of my mind
I am a hero tonight
No doubt; get on my side
'Cause we are heroes tonight

Hey! Hey! I am a hero tonight (x2)

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Reviews


Pretty bad ass! The mix seemed a little weird in places, but it may have just been my headphones. Overall, great tune. This is going on my playlist.


FinnMK responds:

Thanks a bunch! I haven't done a guitar-heavy rock/hard rock mix before so there are bound to be some bits and bobs that aren't quite right.


I usually am not really a fan of this genre, nor of vocals usage. However, this is so well-done all around that I can say I truly enjoyed it. If you keep putting out stuff this good, you may well have me stalking your audio list. ;P


FinnMK responds:

Thanks very much!


I really like the relaxed guitars at the beginning and how the intensity builds over the course of the intro. The drums are really loud and crisp, and the vocals are strong as always, although it seemed like you were a bit too forceful/breathless at the “I’ve got a special kind of way” line. I love the thematic elements of the piece - the tie-ins to superhero lore, the narrative implied by the lyrics, etc. It also connects with relatable, real-life scenarios very well. Finding out that the “arch nemesis” was really just your girlfriend’s boss was very amusing. I also couldn’t help but think that some of the lyrics really spoke to the NGADM: “this is the final fight,” etc. The production quality is great. The instrumentation is also strong here, but not quite as well-varied as in some of your other tracks. There also wasn’t a ton of variety in the structure of the song. The bridge was a little short-lived, and I would’ve loved to see you go for something a bit riskier, like a passionate guitar solo or the addition of a new element to the texture. Still, this piece is really strong overall. I like the relatively abrupt ending, too, as if the fantasy of being a hero was suddenly interrupted. Finn, you’ve put an amazing amount of effort into this competition. Congratulations on your hard work and achievement! :’D

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.75/2
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.75/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1/1
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the above elements interact?)
1/1
Composite score
9.5/10


FinnMK responds:

Thanks a bunch! All good comments and feedback.


Good song! Catchy and full of interesting parts. In terms of arrangement and composition it... rocks. The mix isn't great though, the drums sound "boxy" (like they're in a box) and the guitar and bass parts sound fake or unrealistic.
I don't have time-stamps so I can't point out things directly but:
- I like how it amps up before choruses
- I like the low harmony on the vocal line "rules inside" etc. although the timing could have been fixed for greater impact.
- Over all, great vibe throughout.


FinnMK responds:

Thanks for the feedback! Some of it I'm totally on-board with: I've experimented with recording guitar from an amp as well as DI + amp plugin (which is what I used on We Are Heroes) and I still haven't gotten a sound I love.

Bass I'm surprised at - it's DI'd in, then only has minor effects on top. Could you be more specific about what sound unrealistic? Logistically, it's about as realistic as it gets, unless I were to record directly from the amp which IMO gives a worse sound.

As far as the drum stuff goes, do you think it's the reverb causing that boxy sound? Not 100% clear on what you mean here.

Thanks again! This is my first time attempting to record and mix something in the hard rock realm, so this feedback is great.


This is a really great track, Finn! I'm very excited to see how you and John/Ethan do against each other. Best of luck and congrats for making it so far!


FinnMK responds:

Thanks a bunch!

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Oct 18, 2017
11:13 AM EDT
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8.5 MB
3 min 43 sec
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