Ah, listening again, it might be that the two guitars might be fighting with each other a little. I hear the same thing again in the middle of the song when the twin harmony leads happen. I think it might be the note selection. It’s not something that most people will notice though so maybe it’s not worth mentioning
Yeah you’re absolutely right, they’re a little off (timing wise). I really made a conscious effort to make this sound like it wasn’t being put together and created on a digital grid…even though it was. So I thought I could get away with loosening up the guitars without affecting the rhythm too much. Maybe I went too far.
A bigger issue with the recording is the vocals. They don’t sound strong enough for this style of music. They could use some compression and/or some volume automation to help them sit more consistently in the mix. I like the song and the melody but the vocals could probably be improved. Sounds like the singer doubled the vocal. That’s good, because it can help. Maybe turn one of the vocals a little lower in the mix. A delay might help the vocal sit better too. Try recording the vocals again. The singer might be more comfortable with the song at this point and maybe he’ll have a better performance
In an ideal world I would have gotten my buddy to lay down the vocals as he’s a 100x better sing than I’ll ever be, but he’s just not set up to track vox, so I had to do it myself out of necessity more than anything. I’m not really sure I could sing a “stronger” vocal than what’s been laid down, but as these takes are pretty raw in the mix there’s definitely things I could do to hopefully make them sound a bit better, like as you mentioned comp, automation, as well as an overall tune and so on.
Even the doulble tracks are pretty sloppy with some quite audible delays on places that could be tightened up quite a bit to help compensate for my lack of vocal talent
I’d try to get those drums sounding bigger and turn them up a little bit. I like that you focus on the guitars but I think things would sound better if the drums were louder. Maybe some compression and EQ could get the drums coming through better.
I agree totally, I’ll play around over the next few days and try and dial the drums in, and see if I can’t get them out in front a little more.
Hey thanks a ton for the feedback man, I’ll definitely look into those for areas and try to improve upon them, cheers.