The Angels front man Doc Neeson’s new single is a cover of Flash and the Pan’s “Walking In The Rain”. The single is Neeson’s first studio recording in 7 years. Doc’s recording was produced by ARIA Award winning producer Brendan Gallagher.
According to the blurb on Doc’s Facebook page:
“When discussions began between RocKwiz producers and Alberts about the iconic Australian songs and suitable performers, the idea of teaming Doc’s mellifluous voice and the speak-style of ‘Walking In the Rain’ was ignited.
“The strength of the song written by George & Harry is dreamlike or trancelike in mood. The lyrics are a stream of consciousness which so masterfully creates a subconscious state of mind. One of the biggest challenges was to get in that state of mind to sing the song,” said Neeson.
“The song is so elegantly, deceptively simple. The motif moves through three chromatically rising and falling notes underpinned by three book-ended chords, then a classic 7, 5 chord turnaround for the chorus. The bass holds the song together. From there it’s all about the vocal. That’s where Doc comes in. Doc has gravitas the equal of the song’s majesty, “said Gallagher.
Along with Neeson’s vocal delivery, Gallagher had a few ideas in the back of his mind that he introduced to the recording of the song.
“I’d thought of using a sample from Jonathan Zwartz’s Shimmer, the first track from his 2013 album The Remembering & Forgetting Of The Air, as the basis of a song. It gives ‘Walking In The Rain’ its meandering intent, its momentum. Blues veteran ‘Continental’ Robert Susz’s (The Dynamic Hepnotics) windy city harmonica is the lace on the curtain.”
Doc Neeson ‘Walking In The Rain’ available now from iTunes.