"Dogs Of Law"
Ben Sullivan : drums
Nick Ives : bass
Jesse Bear : guitar
David Blumenstein : keyboards
I already wrote a perfectly good description of this
band and song in the journal,
so here it is:
Ever since hearing Pegazus
for the first time earlier this year, I've known that
the only way this film could possibly end is with an
explosive burst of unvarnished POWER METAL. That's why
I informed the other members of METZENGERSTEIN that
their services would be required for this very special
METZENGERSTEIN could be charitably described
as an "experimental side project" for a group
of otherwise disparate musicians. In reality, it is
a cool metal-sounding name for a band that doesn't exist
outside a rehearsal room. It consists of:
BEN SULLIVAN -- classy drummer, art-painter,
JESSE BEAR -- fruitfully employed in some
field of biological research of which I have little
grasp, Jesse is also a talented and modest (as opposed
to "modestly talented") guitarist.
NICHOLAS CHARLES IVES -- boy do I love
typing his full name. Nick plays bass.
and ME -- like all non-musician types,
I play keyboards.
When METZENGERSTEIN gets together (extremely
infrequently), what results is hard to describe. Ben
and Jesse, as "gigging" types, are well-versed
in band playing, with leanings towards da funk. Nick
is an experimentalist, with one eye always on the Mike
Patton playbook. And I enjoy playing stupid
instruments, like kazoo, melodica or "the red thing"
(one of those little keyboards shaped like a guitar
that hangs on a strap round your neck). So everything
we play turns into a 15-minute distortionfest in 13/4
with the Super Mario theme dancing around the edges.
While disorganised, this group is not
lacking in chops (although I function much better in
a "producer" role than as somebody expected
to play notes correctly). So I called on METZENGERSTEIN
to deliver some Pegazus/Motorhead/Deep Purple power
metal to the floor. Having written some suitably metal
lyrics involving dragons, hordes, wizards and a chorus
stolen from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar",
we got together and chiseled some marbled power chords
into a song called "DOGS OF LAW".
Having recorded Ben's drum part with the
production expertise of his brother Dan at the Sullivan
studio downtown, I then got Nick and Jesse down to Rancho
Del Animación Muy Impresionante to thunder and
wail respectively. METAL VOCALS are last on the agenda.
I tried to do them myself but they sounded both piss
and weak. It has become evident that if this track is
going to sound convincingly METAL, I'm going to have
to keep my voice and my silly instruments off it. Thankfully,
in the western world there is always a metal singer
within one or two degrees of separation...
... and the one I found is James Simpson, singer of
Melbourne group Dr
James And The Zero Patients. Jake
suggested him. They went to high school together. James
PS: I did in fact keep my silly instruments off this
track, if not my silly voice. A brother's gotta mark