comment: The Nine Horses track ‘When Monday Comes Around’ is often my favourite Nine Horses track . Just finished listening to it for the first time in a while . There’s an intriguing “rattling” sound to the kick drum, which leads me to believe it’s not a traditional kick drum . The snare has a more “clean” sound . I also hear something that sounds like a shaker but with a quieter, more organic sound . Do you remember recording this track, what you contributed to it and are those muffled American sounding voices speaking frantically from a television ? The creaking doors are quite comfortingly creepy — if that’s what they are — and the “notes” they play don’t clash .

The rattling sound is on the ‘snare’ beat actually, whereas the bass drum is fairly normal sounding. What I was in fact playing was a ‘cajon’ which is a box drum, the type you sometimes see street performers using and which are thought to have originated from Peru. It can simulate a drum kit fairly well. I endorsed a manufacturer of the ‘cajon’ who called themselves POPercussion. If you follow the link there’s a comment from me down the page. Photos were also provided.

The shaker would have been one that we had in the studio, the background tv ambience was no doubt a random room recording (it sounds Australian to me when the guy says: “yer fucking kidding me” at 4:54) but I can’t recall what it was. We added various other samples. The more organic sounds (creaks and scrapes etc) were recorded in the studio. I believe the creaks were actually tension ropes on an ethnic drum but I’m not entirely sure … it was more than a decade ago.

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8 thoughts on “comment: The Nine Horses track ‘When Monday Comes Around’ is often my favourite Nine Horses track . Just finished listening to it for the first time in a while . There’s an intriguing “rattling” sound to the kick drum, which leads me to believe it’s not a traditional kick drum . The snare has a more “clean” sound . I also hear something that sounds like a shaker but with a quieter, more organic sound . Do you remember recording this track, what you contributed to it and are those muffled American sounding voices speaking frantically from a television ? The creaking doors are quite comfortingly creepy — if that’s what they are — and the “notes” they play don’t clash .

  1. The creaks and rope sounds were created by me pressing down on my acoustic bass strings very hard with my bow and rotating and grinding the bow hairs on the bass strings. A trick I learned when I was a young, frustrated bass student.

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          1. Awh… Sure hope to see you perform together again, one day…
            Do you have any pictures of your time recording and/or on the road together perhaps, you could share with us, Steve?

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