You don’t always need a lead singer or vocals to be funky as shit. Marsoupial is a concoction of funk, rock, metal, and so many other kinds of technical and fun music. Everything is so tight and smooth from the ground up: the changes in timing, the guitar harmonies, the keys fit right in at all times, and the drums and bass pretty much run the show here. You’d think with how tight the entire Soup EP is, that the band took their time in recording it and did each track over and over and over and over until they wanted to rip their hair out. Nope. According to the band, they did it live. You’re really doing yourself a disservice if you appreciate good, fun music and haven’t checked out this 6 song EP.
The first track on this EP is Makin’ Moves On My Gumbo. Drums tight and in the pocket, check. Grooving bass that doesn’t stop moving, check. Two guitars that compliment each other awesomely at each given chance. It’s all there: the intricate buildups you’d here in something metal like Between The Buried & Me and then you’re to dance to a latin dance and get your groove on. If for some reason you don’t believe that these guys recorded the entire Soup EP live, below is a video of them doing it in front of people. You could be one of them, check out their upcoming shows on their facebook!
SONG: Makin’ Moves On My Gumbo
ALBUM: SOUP EP (Find it on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, Bandcamp)
ENGINEER: Matt King
LOCATION: UMBC Baltimore, Maryland (University Studio)
THE ENTIRETY OF THE SOUP EP WAS RECORDED LIVE
The SOUP EP was recorded live on a hot rainy summer day at University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. We utilized the school’s studios, as our engineer and close friend Matt King is a student of the university. Matt is an up and coming professional producer and sound engineer, and we love working with him. He is a very patient studio manager, producer, engineer, and he is amazingly talented behind the mixing board. Along with Matt King and the SOUP boys, we invited a few close friends to come and watch the process unfold.
Making Moves on My Gumbo is a song we like to open sets with from time to time, and we noticed people really like to get moving to it. We love all of the different parts in it and the Latin fusion groove creates a jam space for each of us to go off on sonic tangents.
Chris originally came to us with the main riff, a long time before the song came together. We had no idea what to do with the riff, but we did know it sounded super crazy and it would be a challenge to pull off in a live setting. When we all started jamming on the riff we noticed that once we got to the end of the run we didn’t know where to go next. We decided on adding in a simple two chord Latin style progression that builds back up to the main riff and pulls everything together. In live shows we like to change up the second Latin progression and play the Tetris theme song.
The hardest part of writing Making Moves was creating smooth transitions, and even to this day the song might lack this somewhat. However, the sudden stops and jolts really make the song what it is, and it creates a sense of uncertainty for the listener. Another tough decision was what to do after the main riff. We consider ourselves to be an instrumental jam band, so we decided we wanted to something we could all play off of and we could extend in a live situation. For some reason we decided to go with the Latin groove, and since then we’ve never looked back.
The recording process took about 1 hour to finish for this particular song. We only had 6 hours at UMBC, and we ended up finishing the whole EP within this window of time. Making Moves on My Gumbo is a super weird song, and we love it.
*Below you will find our gear, specifically the gear we used on this song.*
Drums: Mark Spelker Cymbals Drums
14″ Sabian AA metal-x hi-hats
22″ Sabian AA metal-x ride
20″ vintage 60’s zildjian ride
21″ zildjian A custom ride
12″ sabian AA metal-x splash (heavily cracked)
19″ sabian AA metal-x crash (slightly cracked)
18″ sabian AA metal-x China
16″ sabian HHX evolution o-zone crash
7×14 SJC snare
18×22 SJC bass drum
7×12 SJC rack tom
16×14 SJC floor tom
Assorted coated remo heads
DW 5000 series single kick pedal
LP Jam Blocks
Drums: Mark Spelker
Guitar: Chris Ruzicka 2017 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 Pedals:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Wampler Ego Compressor
Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Overdrive
Guitar: Chris Ruzicka
2017 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24