Marvelous 3 Forever

Drum tech for Slug. This dude holds true to his name. I’ve never had more fun chasing broken drum parts and pouring beer into a Sharky’s sippy cup to keep it from spilling all over. Every show and every sound check was nothing but solid hits on that kit. Slug loves the drums, you can tell immediately when he plays. And to top it off, he’s the coolest motherfucker ever. Jayce & Butch, I love y’all, but I love Douglas Mitchell just a bit more. Marvelous 3 for fucking ever.

 

This was the first time I’ve ever taken a camera to a show. You know, venturing away from the usual crusty abandoned shit in the middle of nowhere that I find myself getting into. Between my iPhone and Nikon D750, it was a ton of fun getting some snaps of this art display masquerading as a rock show.

 

Getting to work on Slug’s Gretsch kit was a fantastic experience all around. My philosophy lines right up with how Slug approaches drums. The kit had an 16×24 kick with 9×13, 16×16, 16×18 toms, and a Ludwig Black Beauty 6.5×14 snare. The kick and snare were set up to be clear and cutting, while the toms were thunderous and powerful. These drums easily sounded larger than life in both rooms, The Tabernacle Atlanta and House of Blues Chicago.

 

Brittany Bossert Concert Photographer Marvelous 3 Reunion Tabernacle Atlanta 2023

Photo by Brittany Bossert Concert Photographer

My Adventures With Superman

Any Superman/DC fans out there?
 
I’ve been sitting on this for a hot minute. Check out the theme song for the new My Adventures With Superman coming to Adult Swim, Max, and Toonami in July. You just might hear some Kyle Troop & The Heretics.
 
It was a blast getting to work with the creators of the show and write some 90s pop punk that would be just right for running out of the Daily Planet and flying off to save Metropolis. There may have been discussions of the original Thundercats for inspiration too.
 
Pretty cool working with Warner Brothers Animation after seeing that logo slapped on most of the cartoons I watched as a kid.
 
Oh yeah…it’s all Orange Amplifiers and SJC Drums on this jam.

Ten Swords EP from The Heretics

Out today!! This EP has been in the works since late 2018. I named it Ten Swords and getting this to the finish line has lived up to the name. The Heretics genuinely hope you enjoy these songs.

Links below 👇

Thanks to all the folks who helped.

Tracking – Faraday Recordings
Mixing & Mastering – Peter Catalano
Album Art – Oceaneater
Album Photo – Heretic Tiff
Licensing – 411 Music

🗡 Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/kyletroopandtheheretics/ten-swords

🗡 Bandcamp
https://kyletroopandtheheretics.bandcamp.com/album/ten-swords-ep

🗡 YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n4XfDqMszJMgdinrKcwdWQAQN0vzPmNTk

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

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I did this one with some friends. We call it Tragic Magic. These songs rule so hard.

Evan and I tracked all the instrumentals at my place. And then Tim did the vocals over at Evan’s spot. I mixed it. Evan mastered it.

 

The Heretics Record

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Wrapping a record is always an interesting thing. Something I’m so focused on and spending all my spare time with is now finished. But getting to look back at how the entire process went is fun. Working and hanging out with my friends, playing and recording with rad gear, and creating a work of 10 songs that we’re all damn proud of is exactly how it should be. I’m very excited about this record.

We dug into some cool tones using a few combinations of gear. On the recording side, a mix of Daking, HHB, API, and Rupert Neve pres and DBX, ART, and Lindell compressors were used on the way into an Apollo 16. The mic selection was kept simple. Various Audix dynamic mics, some SM57’s, Nuemann TLM103, a pair of Audio-Technica AT4040’s, and a few others did most of the work. Once it hit the computer, I used some of the UA and FabFilter plugins. But I kept that light. The tones were the way we wanted them on the way in. No need to get in the way of the rock & roll.

Drums. Everyone loves drums. And everyone loves Jake Dwiggins. Jake can play the hell out of a drum kit. His meter and controlled chaos makes everything else come together in just the right way. We used an SJC Drums 60’s kit. After checking out a handful of different snares from Ludwig, Pork Pie, OCDP, and SJC, we landed on an SJC 7×14, 6 ply maple snare drum. It had the blend of body and cut that the songs needed. We were left with some really awesome sounding drum tracks to build the record from.

Bass next. Tiffany throws down her unique playing style into the rhythm of the song giving it a texture that locks in, but stands out on it’s own. We used Tiffany’s Japanese Jazz Bass into an Orange AD200 and then onto an Ampeg 6×10. The tone was kept fairly dirty with a fuzz pedal handy to push it over the top, when needed. These fuzzed bass sounds put with the punch and thud of the drums really set the foundation up right.

Then comes my guitars. With drums being my primary instrument, I really love playing rhythm guitar. My setup with pretty straight forward. I used my Gibson Les Paul Jr and Mario Guitar Jazzmaster on just about every song. The Orange A30 combo and Rocker 30 amps handled all of my guitar tones perfectly. The Oler Audio Boost and Yellowcake Furry Burrito pedals were used here and there. These are some of my favorite guitar tones ever.

Time for face melting leads. Dean is the coolest of the cool. His thought for structure, harmonies and texture ideas for expanding the vibe of a song absolutely blows my mind.  A Gibson Les Paul Goldtop is the weapon of choice here. He pulled out the Dr. Z Carmen Ghia and a Fender Pro Jr to get a nice range of sonics. The Teletronix Mullholland Drive and Ibanez TS808 were used to sculpt tone and get way nasty, when needed.

For vocals, I set up a Neumann TLM103 and threw some blankets over mic stands to create a controlled area within a larger room. My vocals aren’t crisp or precise. Pretty much yelling. So I end up running them through a compressor or two and that’s all I care to do, for this record. Dean’s vocals were done the same way. Any doubled vocals were tracked twice. It all feels and sounds real.

This record came together perfectly. It packs a punch and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

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Closed This Week

Closed This Week

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El Camino Out in the Wild

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When In Metropolis

When In Metropolis

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No Unauthorized Dumping

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Ice Ice Baby

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Marvelous 3 Forever

Marvelous 3 Forever

Slug post incoming. This dude holds true to his name. I’ve never had more fun chasing broken drum parts and pouring beer into a Sharky’s sippy cup to keep it from spilling all over. Every show and every sound check was nothing but solid hits on that kit. Slug loves...