So I've had a few releases since my last update to this thread, so I might as well tell you about them! Please note that mostly all of my future releases will be a part of C3X, so they will likely revolve around a general theme.
New (Old) Releases:
I had originally intended to release this song much sooner after news of his death last year, but already had so many works-in-progress to start a new project, especially one as daunting as this one. This is one of rock's greatest classics in my opinion, and I wanted to do it right before releasing it to the public.
So I just pretty much completely did my own charts for every instrument without consulting the Guitar Hero charts much. I did, however, study the vocal chart because that's still the instrument I'm most uncomfortable charting (harmonies are still up in the air shhhh). Everything else I hope you all enjoy! Drums are pretty basic, bass is varied enough to be interesting if not super difficult, and guitar is a goddamn monster. Inexperienced players are likely to fail just at the end which is super annoying, yes, but it's still fairly accurate.
Unfortunately a keys chart was not included due to using the assets from Guitar Hero. The stem that included the keys part also included other miscellaneous instruments, so I just wasn't sure how to go about charting it. Maybe in the future it can be updated with a keys stem.
R.I.P. Tom Petty.
When I first made my list of suggested songs for the project, I just knew this one would be picked. It's a great song I was surprised hadn't been done yet. And compared to most of my other songs, it's pretty simple. Little did I know the time signature would make the animations look completely awkward! Luckily, after some fiddling, I was finally able to fix the problem.
Guitar is mostly just the same 4 chords, but at least there's a tiny bit of variety for the bridge. Bass is fairly interesting for such a slow song. Drums were super hard to decipher, but the results are actually kinda fun, if maybe not 100% accurate (I tried, I really did!). And in a surprising twist, this one includes the horns charted as keys! As someone who doesn't own a keyboard to test it, I really hope it turned out fine! But hey, it got through Magma at least! Anyway, enjoy!
Like Aeroplane, I suspected this song might be picked for the project, especially considering Banshee's involvement. This is probably their most popular song that hadn't been charted yet so I'm happy to be the one to bring it to y'all!
Released on their self-titled first album, this song is from the era when they still used a drum machine. So the drum track is a little difficult since it's basically trying to emulate a computer. The guitar is actually pretty interesting, though mostly chords. Bass is nothing special, especially during the verses when it gets pretty boring. I think vocals are actually the star of the show in this one. There are no complicated harmonies or anything like that, it's just a fun song to sing. The lyrics are so delightfully weird, I love it. I ALMOST didn't include a keys chart because I was having trouble finding resources for it. But I was able to utilize a MIDI I found online which really helped. Hope it worked out properly. And hope you all enjoy!
So I am pretty proud of myself for this one. This is the longest song I've authored by about 2 and a half minutes. Not only that, but every instrument is fairly difficult! This is also the first chart I made that utilized a Big Rock Ending. So this is a big release for me!
So if you've ever heard this song before, you'll know that bass is the real star of the show. On top of the fact that it stays consistently varied and super fun, it includes THREE bass solos, the final one of which is a real doozy. Guitar is mostly just variations of the same three chords, but it includes a solo that breaks up the monotony a bit, and the ending will definitely trip you up if you're not paying attention. Drums are pretty fun too! A lot of snare rolls and a fair amount of ghost notes. Vocals are the only problem here. Gordon Gano does of a lot of talk-singing that I was unsure of whether or not some phrases should be talkies or not. I tried matching the pitches as best as I could, but sometimes your best isn't good enough! Haha sorry if it's too difficult. I can go back and fix the chart if I get too many complaints. Other than that, enjoy the rest of it! Or enjoy all of it!
I originally learned of this song when someone "leaked" a fake setlist for Guitar Hero: World Tour back in the day. I've been a fan ever since and always thought it would make a good Rock Band track. Surprised it took until today for it to be released, considering the amount of MCR songs already in the database.
So guitar is the most difficult instrument with a fairly heavy riff that plays during the intro and outro of the song. On top of that, there's a pretty intense guitar solo. Drums includes some pretty quick fills that can definitely break your streak, but other than that, it's deserving of its Tier 4 rating. Bass isn't much, mostly just long strings of notes. Vocals could probably be a highlight of any My Chemical Romance song, so that's no different here. Hope you all enjoy it!
This was one of the first customs I started working on, it's just been in limbo for probably about a year. I'm glad it's finally been released to the world! All it took was a council of people picking it as part of a community project for me to finally finish the sucker up.
Drums start the song off with a pretty difficult fill. Overall drums aren't as fun as I originally expected the song to be. I suspect the awkwardly quick cymbal/cymbal-snare/cymbal pattern might be the result of a drum machine because it's fairly awkward to play. But honestly once you get the hang of that, it's still pretty fun. Guitar can easily trip you up if you're not careful. The Bodhisattva-esque hammer-on chords in the hook are probably the most difficult part, so if you master those, you should be set. Bass is interesting enough, especially during the verses. And vocals will (hopefully) be great if you like the song!
I've had this one nearly-ready for months now, but I had to put off completing it in order to work on my C3G contributions. But after that was finally over, I thankfully didn't have to wait long to release it. I was lucky that the song fit in to such an early week's theme!
This song was popularized by the cartoon Adventure Time, in a scene in which Marceline the Vampire Queen covers the song for a Battle of the Bands competition (she loses her pick mid-way through the song, hence my hint haha). I had been aware of Mitski, but that scene was actually my first exposure to her music. Good stuff! I may chart more of her songs in the future.
It's not a particularly complex song on any instrument, so if you're already a fan of the song, vocals are probably going to be the star. Drums are varied enough to keep it interesting, even if not really difficult at all. Guitar and bass are easier still, but guitar at least has a fun little ending solo. And what's this? Keys are also here? Yes! Are they super boring and only come in about halfway through the song? Maybe, but at least they're THERE. Hope you guys enjoy!
New (New) Releases:
Co-author yaniv297 writes:
"When talking about Arcade Fire, the word “anthemic” is used often. Maybe it’s the U2 and Springsteen influences, but even as an unknown low budget band, Arcade Fire always aimed for a huge sound. But nothing, nothing in this album or the band’s career is as anthemic as the show-stopping, unique “Wake Up”. This is the show closer, the climax. Everything - from the opening guitar chords, to the bass-snare beat, to those huge soaring “oh oh oh”s - just screams big stadiums. Lyrics are sparse, each word counts, as Butler pleads: “Children, wake up”, before the song takes a surprising key change and ends on a double-pace, playful outro. The song made a big impact - it was used by U2 as a concert opener as early as 2005, and the band played the song with none other than David Bowie the same year. It also makes a rather brilliant custom - I’m sure you’ll have fun playing and singing along to this amazing tune."
So true. As for the charts, I was in charge of guitar, bass, and drums - none of which are too difficult. Vaniv took vocals and keys duties. I can't speak for Yaniv's parts, but none of my charts are too difficult. Once the song changes tempo about 2/3rds of the way through the song, however, it switches it up enough to keep it interesting. Hope you enjoy it!
Co-author yaniv297 writes:
"Originally recorded for their debut EP, “No Cars Go” is a joyous, upbeat and great anthem, of late-night escapism from a world dominated by cars and planes. ”No Cars Go” is a huge fan favorite and brilliant live song, and for a good reason. Led by a driven drum beat and accordion line, with great energy before exploding into a soaring climax, “No Cars Go” is a musical celebration of everything that’s good about Arcade Fire. And it promises to be an absolute blast on Rock Band as well."
That it does. This one is actually quite fun on drums! Definitely the star of the song, apart from maybe keys, but I didn't really have a hand in charting those. Like "Wake Up", I was in charge of guitar, bass, and drums, while Yaniv did keys and vocals. I'm sure if you're a fan of the song, you'll have fun playing any instrument, but yeah drums and keys will probably be your best bet. Enjoy!