Oct 12, 2014

Bastille - Pompeii (Cover by Gary Song & Javin Tham)


And my goodness it's been one and a half year since my last cover was uploaded to my YouTube channel.

Pompeii, the name of the song we covered, which I totally have no idea at all what it means, is a name of a town in Italy (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), performed by Bastille, another English rock band which I've never heard of before (I was a little annoyed by the English accent when I was listening to the song).

The word "Pompeii" is not even mentioned anywhere in the lyrics, but by going through them, clearly the song's sketching the catastrophic event of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 in Pompeii, spewing a dark cloud of volcanic gas and stones. The volcano is still out there until today and it's regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to its nearby population of 3 million people. Hmmm... I wonder what are they thinking...
Everything in Pompeii then was just a rubble and today Pompeii lies in ruins.


Image courtesy of telegraph.co.uk

Gary and I only had one combined practice which was on the same day of recording this cover itself. It was indeed impromptu. We initially booked a studio for 2 hour to record our cover, without the knowledge of the availability of the recording equipment and software which the studio uses, so we're kind of like betting on that. I wasn't really putting too much hope actually, and it really turned out that the studio doesn't have a suitable recording equipment which I can use in line with the Adobe Audition CS6 from my laptop (well, the studio personnel was also unsure of a number of things about the recording equipment and method).

We ended up renting the studio for just an hour to practice and decided to get back to Temasek Hall (missing it so much!!) to get our cover recorded. Thanks to the one of the current band members, Niki who provided us with the band room key and thankfully I managed to install the mixer's driver on my laptop in the band room and everything worked as usual.

Inevitably we made mistakes and we had to re-record, and we forgave ourselves, we know we haven't been doing this for way too long.

Enjoy the cover! (Pardon my shirt, will get it ironed next time ^^)

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

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