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Radio Eyes (Mike Watkins/Gaylen/Tokai)


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A do over that came about when I asked Mike Watkins if he'd be interested in adding drums to a collab I had done with Tokai & Gaylen awhile back. I was so psyched the first couple of mix's Mike did, I suggested he run with it. He did just that, and infused some very cool drumming along the way. Many thanks Mike for your talent and friendship. I couldn't be happier with the way this gelled.

Thanks also to both Gaylen & Steve for their willingness to collab.

The picture is by Mr. Steve West (Tokai). I always wanted to use this picture for a song post :-) If you haven't already scoped out his photography site please do.

steve west photography


Mike Watkins Drums & Production
Gaylen Lyrics & Vocals
Tokai Guitars & Artwork
ktb Progression, Keys

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Uploaded: Oct 02, 2010 - 10:11:50 AM
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010 - 10:21:21 AM Last Played: Sep 15, 2014 - 12:51:43 PM
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Firsties!
This is cool! I love it!

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Jim
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Firsties!
Jim, thanks for taking a listen. Appreciate the comment.
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Relic67 said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
nice
drums sound fantastic, as does the overall production.
sort of proggy but still very catchy at the same time.
impressed with all the interesting musical ideas melded together...
this is a winner!
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
production
Relic kind of you to say. I think Mike captured everyone at their best.
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alackbass said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Radio Eyes (Mike Watkins/Gaylen/Tokai)
I don't know why, but the verse sections of this remind me of Level 42. Killer track and an excellent collaboration. The live drums improved something that was already awesome. Download!
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Level 42
One of my all time favorite bands. The last incarnation with Holdsworth even more so :-)
ditto on the live drums. Thanks Andrew
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tokai said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Well
Mike, you did it proud. Wouldn't have thought you could make that sound with an electronic kit. The mix is really something, everything stands out. John i remember first getting this and playing over it for hours, many a great night jamming along. Great track mate and you left it with so much area to play in. Gaylen, wow mate, you know you should be under the lights, kin amazing vocal and performance.
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Gaylen
If anyone is ready to step on stage its Gaylen. Steve, thanks for all your efforts. It means a lot to be able to collab in this way. Here's to some more
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Carrie71 said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Awesome
Didn't think it was possible to improve on something that was already great. Man this is clean and sparkles. I have been checking everyday to see if it was posted. The wait was worth it. My very first download! Awesome drums! Wow, wow, wow. An excellent addition to the three other talented gents. Looking forward to hearing more Mr. Watkins.
ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
sparkles
Carrie, I'm glad you liked it. Mr. Watkins was responsible for the sparkle and the cool drumming. A download is the best compliment (imho :-) Thx!
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Gaylen75 said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
ah
This is even better then the first. I'm a lucky man to have had the opportunity to record with you Guys. That is for certain.
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Upgrade
That's one of the great things about this place. Not only can you get good critiques but you have access to some of the best folks to help improve. You, Steve and Mike have all helped raise my game.
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Bob6stringer said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Threat of the Zippermonster
I love it when someone takes as much care with the intro, pauses and details of the song as the body of the thing, as here. Great mix of genre-bending ingredients in this stew, too. Appealing on a lot of fronts. And it's all good. Bkg vocals, ambient guitar moans, keys all shine on top of a solid rhythm section. (Digging the growling zippertoothed sweatshirt monster-art, too.)
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Zippermonster
This is one of my all time favorite Steve West (Tokai) pictures. Bob most grateful for the kind words.
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crissew said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Gaylen
This is your bag baby. I think this is your best song to date, congrats on this beauty. Your voice is in the perfect sweet spot here. You sound relaxed, and the groove here is far superior to the original. Night and day improvement. STANDING O!
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
the groove
Charles, I totally agree re: Gaylen. In his element. Thanks for commenting.
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lilmom said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Oh Man!
You guys! I can't imagine this without any one of these parts! Brilliant combination of talents here!
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Sylvia!
Always appreciate your wonderful comments. This felt like a truly 'band' effort even though we all layered our parts in separately.
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lavalamp said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Just way cool
Vocals are sensational on this track. Production is outstanding, too. You guys make quite a cool band.

LL
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
band
David, thats one of the first things to hit me when I heard Mike additions and mix. That I could envision a band. Steve would be busy :-) but it would sound cool. Thank you for stopping by
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Reggie_Pole said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Radio eyes
You guys are ganging up on this tune. That's some serious piling on. All-star cast of characters, and you all shine, together and individually. Pro quality from top to bottom. And that photo ... man. That was nice of you, John, to link to Steve's photo site. A very intriguing place it is.

I'll be awaiting the announcement of your band's tour. Please come to California.
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ktb said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Steve's photo site
I could spends hours in there :-) He sees so much I know I miss in everyday places. There's some serious eye candy for ya. Tour? only if you play too :-) I would give anything just to have a jam session with everyone.
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tf10music said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
oh my
I love this mix, it totally floats. The vocals are amazing, the guitar had a very 'dawn of prog rock' feel. So good.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
floats
what a great way to describe it. Appreciate the listen
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fasteddie said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Radio Eyes
Great production. Excellent song.

Fantastice collab!
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Hey
Michael, thanks for the thumbs up. Thought your latest with Dani simply rocked. Hope you guys team up for some more.
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hackneybloke said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
radio eyes
first of all...what a totally cool photo. now the music. wow...what a track. so much going on...so many places it goes. huge sound...love it.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
cool photo
Julian, Steve's (picture) a fellow brit. Thats hopefully an OK term? UK'er :-) Glad you dug the tune.
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Vic Holman said 2365 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
hey........
...........ya got a full real band going on here. how cool is that. cool to here this again with Mike onboard this time around.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Mike on board
Makes all the difference! real drums and a killer mix. I am officially spoiled now. Thx Vic
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sammydix said 2364 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Depth
New here and was checkin out the other artists. Glad I clicked this one. Loved those opening harmonies. First thoughts on this tune was "atmosphere." Cool mix, dude.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
atmosphere
Sam, someone else said something similar and that makes my day. I was hoping some of the big synth pads would carry through. Appreciate you stopping by for a listen
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magnatone said 2364 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Radio Eyes
OMFG!!!! those drums are AWESOME!!!! this song is just incredible! Gaylen's voice sounds better than ever - fabulous guitars, keys - EVERYTHING!!!
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Gaylen
seems so in his element here. He's definitely doing some heavy lifting. In fact between he, Steve and Mike I'm on virtual vacation here :-) I hope they don't notice ..hehe
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RAVENS said 2364 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Even Better
I certainly remember this song. Yes, the drums are fab, along with everything else. Kick a$$ song got even better. Gonna check out Steve's photography now!

RAVEN ;-)
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Steve's Pics
Dani, thanks for checking out Mr. Tokai's pic site. Very cool stuff indeed.
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tonestones said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Really great tune
The Drums are great. Gaylen's vocals are spooky and very cool. Really great tune.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Scary
Steve, I agree Gaylen's pipes are often edgy. I think thats one attribute I love about him. He totally immerses himself. Nothing gets held back me thinks.
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shavingronaldscar said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
damn, son!
I can see so much work went into this! Catchy and well-performed. Really, really good in every way. Not much else to say, really.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
the work
gets credited to Mike. I just sent him the original files and he blew it up! Thanks for the listen and comment
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DWL said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Impressive!
Great production and great performances!

Classy work

Cheers

Dick
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
appreciated
Dick, coming from you it means a lot. Thanks. Its just too cool having an opportunity to work with guys like this.
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jiguma said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Great stuff
I think I remember the earlier version of this - loved it, but have to say that Mike's drum contribution really warms this up. Mike and I have done quite a few songs together, and he always adds an extra aspect to a song (in addition to a great kit track). "Warmth" is the best way I can describe it, and he does that here too - in spades. This is a terrific song - love Gaylen's vocals. John's keys are always a treat, and I really like the guitar parts too Steve.
Quite an achievement this one!!!!!
Cheers from Oz,
N
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
warmth
I very much agree. The real drums create a live vibe and make it much more organic for me.
Glad you liked this one Neil.
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sloparts said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Nice
redo John,

Mikes drum and production work is excellent as well as everyone else's effort on this. Gaylen has so much dynamics in his vocals, I doubt there is anything he could not sing well.

Very cool track my friends and since you were kind enough to leave the D/L button up, I'll be putting this one on my iPod.

Thanks

Ed
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
d/l
the best endorsement in my book, Appreciated Ed.
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spitlogic said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Exceptional Work
Great job by all involved. Well structured and great instrumentation.
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
structured
Thanks Mitchell. Thats cool to hear. I was hoping we could capture something that would convey unity.
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SISTERS said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
HOLY WOW
i swear, gaylen might well be the 9th Wonder of the World. this knocked me out with its power and punch. the music could stand on its own imho: steve's guitar work is otherworldly, and the percussion hits me in the face from the first measure. john's keys guarantee swoons from me, so let's just call me a happy camper, shall we? the enjoyment was large! anne
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ktb said 2364 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
happy camper
Then that makes my day. Its hard to express the gratitude I feel just in the way these guys extend themselves to others. All the nicer getting supportive comments like yours Anne. Thank you.
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perceptualvortex said 2363 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Radio
Great job all, this is impressive good stuff. Tokai that image is awesome. It reminds me of Alien^3.
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ktb said 2363 days ago (October 4th, 2010)
Alien 3
Not sure why I always rooted for the Aliens in those movies :-), but glad you like this none the less! Thanks David
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Loob said 2363 days ago (October 4th, 2010)
Dig it!
Great all the way around!
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ktb said 2363 days ago (October 4th, 2010)
Hello
Loob appreciate you taking the time to visit and take a listen. Off to hear shoe fetish now!
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racerat said 2362 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
vox
These vox are totally sick. I love it. I haven't heard these kind of b*alls-to-the-wall vocals on MJ in, well, forever. Well done. Floating, yes, funky, fer f*cks sake hell ye-ah.

P
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ktb said 2362 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
Phil
don't hold back.. :-) We haven't had a new RR tune in ages (or seems that way). Hope all is well with you.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2362 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
radio eyes
this is very cool stuff. great moody backing, really cool guitar lines and fills. vocals very high in character. remind me a bit of axl rose! guitar tone excellent. great picture painted here. cool stuff. enjoyed it a lot. cheers
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ktb said 2362 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
Axl
Ciasm, Gaylen sounds like a mishmash of every high energy vocalist I think I've ever liked! He is one very prolific dude. Thanks for the positive comment.
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RobLeBanc said 2361 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
Wow
this is some trippy cool music, really great stuff, radio ready production quality. I'd pay for this CD!!!
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tempie said 2360 days ago (October 7th, 2010)
i'm with alecbass
for some crazy reason i hear level 42 too. anyway really like the meld between the verse and chorus, two totally different styles and it feels as if they were forced together and yet it works, that tiny bit of awkwardness plays into the drama of the tune. also really like the vocal phrasing at the end, that aboriginal type chant. guitar at end is sweet also.
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rok41 said 2358 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Radio Eyes
This just keeps getting better and better...All out great performances by everyone involved. Production is top notch!
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lengold said 2357 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Absolutely loved
the first version of this - has a treasured place in my iTunes. The drum additions are superb. This is a truly great track.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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mike_d said 2352 days ago (October 14th, 2010)
Wow!
I'm really glad I finally had a chance to hear this. Awesome track you guys!
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paddler said 2349 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
excellent
collab,very atmospheric i escepially like the 'will you come again again will you come over again' type backing vocals near the end.powerful chords RG
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thoddi said 2324 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
ooohaaaaaa
Way cool. The careful opening with the cool drums and the bass lurking in grabbed me immediately.

The guitars - awesome.

KTB - you're a provider of cool soundscapes for others to dance and be creative in. Your compositions are fab and they offer loads of fun to jam along to.

The vocals are intensive and has loads of energy. I'm on and off about the high pitched ones... Maybe a more laid back, more direct/non fx'ed approach would be interesting to hear in this one... As I can hear there is a pro quality in the vocal department I don't see the need for hiding it in effects this much... Might have offered more sexiness;)
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2312 days ago (November 24th, 2010)
It took me...
... about 2 minutes to get into the song but I'm lovin' it! Fantastic instrumentation, great songwriting, and a fabulous overall-performance. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and what a nice addition to the song? Mike's drums rocked!

Stunning work fellas, I love it! :)
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FEEL said 2293 days ago (December 13th, 2010)
Man this is too cool
What a great sound... so current and radio ready. Did you guys say you had a band?
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billykirsch said 2291 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Sound landscape
What a sound! The drums are awesome. The whole song floats in the headroom. Weird: sounds refined and edgy at the same time. May be the mix of a lush mesh of keys and guitars combined with those incredible vocals.
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papag said 2290 days ago (December 16th, 2010)
Top notch
Wow! Just about a ton of good stuff in this one. Hooked me in from the start and just kept gettin better.

Thanks for the dl :)
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composerclark said 2277 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Radio Eyes
I apparently left no comment for this, even though I listened to it quite a while ago. The drums are a fantastic addition to an extremely well-produced song. The whole thing is quite amazing!
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echoroom said 2273 days ago (January 2nd, 2011)
Scary picture
I hope Steve didnt take that on his recent India trip.
This is a great track - catchy but edgy, reminds me a little of Shriekback.
Totally radio ready, this has great atmosphere and a fantastic mix.
Way to go guys!
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michael2 said 2271 days ago (January 4th, 2011)
you are right
the drums sound fantastic. good lineup too, it's like a supergroup of MJs heaviest. very cool.
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Corporal Beef said 2254 days ago (January 20th, 2011)
The Eyes Have It
Creative vocal phrasing, and the arrangement is very well done as well. I agree that everything gels together quite nicely. thanks for posting.
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Leon said 2207 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Yeah
I am always amused with Gaylen's unique take on a song, a playful quirkiness in his vocals that transforms an otherwise simply great song to the level of outrageously entertaining. All the other elements including the added drums are like pieces of the puzzle that complete these musical landscape. Awesome you all, guys!
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KCsGROOVE said 2203 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Man, what a great song!
I like everything about this song!
Great writing, performance and the mix is excellent!
Super collab, guys!
Downloaded!
KC
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Corporal Beef said 2201 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Radio Eyes
Nice and punchy, great mix. Thanks for posting.
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ste said 2200 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
missed
this. love it. really well produced. top guitars and keys. like your vox a lot
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kassia said 2197 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
my favorite part
of this song is the opening, with the intertwining synths and guitars. Mike's drums just kick it up another notch. this tune is just a perfect storm of collaborators. it just FLOWS so well. Steve's guitars behind Gaylen's vox are just killer. i love this song.
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PaulaMunk said 2181 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Fabulous
blend of talent. Just when you think it couldn't get any better....Wow! Thanks.
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paralax said 1457 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
radiotized!!!!!!
this is very cool. great colab.
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