[Editor’s note: We originally debuted the audio track of Bill DeMain’s song, “Half-Breed Stan,” on our website back in January—see details from the original below. Now, we’re thrilled to share the video for the song, which features a cameo by Stan the Dog–at the bottom of the post. Enjoy.]
In relation to writing about canine songs, Bark’s go-to man is Nashville-based guitarist-singer-songwriter Invoice DeMain, one-half of the alt-pop duo Swan Dive. Nicely, it seems DeMain’s journalistic forays into the world of Pup Pop kick-started his personal contribution to the catalog, and, for the second, thebark.com is the one place you’ll be able to hear—recent from the blending room—“Half Breed Stan.”
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A monitor on Mayfair, Swan Dive’s forthcoming album, “Half Breed Stan” was impressed by the real-life Stan, a half-Beagle/half-Basset Hound adopted by DeMain’s good friend (and the music’s co-writer and back-up vocalist) David Mead. Mead discovered Stan at a Nashville rescue heart about six years in the past. “He’s stoic and even-keeled in his temperament, therefore the comparability to Winston Churchill,” DeMain says. He’s additionally fairly the women’ man.
DeMain met Stan final summer time, once we was engaged on Mead’s album, Virtually & At all times. Whereas within the studio, the pair determined one music, “Final Prepare Residence,” wanted a thumping drum sound. “However we had determined on the outset that the album was not going to have drums. So David obtained the thought to pat on Stan’s tummy, document it and make a rhythmic loop out of it. And that’s what you hear on the music. Stan’s physique has a really resonant tone,” DeMain says. “Stan was very matter of reality about the entire thing, David like, ‘I belief that there’s a meal on the finish of this charade.’” (You may hear Stan’s stomach beat on “Final Prepare Residence” at NPR’s Music Of The Day. It would even be featured on an upcoming episode of Personal Observe.)
“Half Breed Stan” has its justifiable share of bizarre percussion as effectively. Along with a ukulele, the backing monitor contains a cardboard field, plastic rubbish can, and an array of pots and pans from Dansk and Ikea.
By the way in which, DeMain’s favourite canine tune is “Me And My Arrow” by Harry Nilsson.
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