Lockdown has rendered my band (Salem UK) virtually inactive so we decided to have a bit of fun and do one of those multi video thingies.
We’ve always loved Sammy Hagar, especially There’s Only One Way To Rock so it was the obvious track for us to cover.
The vocals were recorded using Simon’s smartphone mic. Guitar and bass are line in.
I mixed the track as a recreation of the original, which was not recorded to a click, making the whole project a bit of a nightmare. We (individually) used the original track as a ghost, playing/singing along to it. So our version is a perfect match in that respect, but of course there was no copy/pasting parts or loops because the track’s tempo is all over the joint.
I’ve done recreations before and find them an interesting challenge. I usually start off listening to it and thinking ‘hmm that shouldn’t be too difficult’ then end up thinking ‘kill me now’. This was no exception. Even something simple like a guitar tone can blow up to be the most difficult thing you’ve ever attempted in your life, and don’t even get me started on the backing vocals…
I couldn’t find a snare sample that matched the Hagar 80s booming behemoth so I mixed in a rack tom with the snare which served admirably.
Videos were shot on phones; we asked a few friends of the band to contribute to the video, just to make it a bit more interesting.