Much of the appeal that comes with rock and roll is the amount of volume you can do. As fun as it can be to just rectify a beautiful song, it doesn’t hit right until you plug everything into the amp and let it rip. Then again, if the song is this good, sometimes you don’t need to go to 11.
Across all bands of rock music there are thousands of artists who can make it work in an acoustic setting. Sometimes it’s as easy as lowering the distortion … other times you’ll see them reduce it to a voice and a guitar. And the craziest thing is … it really works.
Even though the instruments are different, it never feels like they’re easy songs to listen to or anything. They’re still rock songs at the core, except that the actual instruments have changed.
Damn, some of these songs have the ability to hit you in a way that no digital effect could ever have. Anyone can pretend to be a rockstar with material. Being able to take everything apart like that … is something you want to hang on to.
There is a little less noise, but still so badass.
Most of Aerosmith’s early career was much more volatile than you probably remember. Aside from the monster albums they made in their heyday like Toys in the Attic, their first outing saw them surf in the footsteps of the British invasion which felt increasingly dated over the years. Although the course correction started with Get Your Wings, we suddenly entered the psychedelic world with Seasons of Wither.
Being an afterthought during sessions, this track was a song Steven Tyler made up after messing around with beaten acoustics that Joey Kramer found in a dumpster. However, there must have been some magic between that bentwood, most of this song feeling like it had been ripped from an old seafaring tale from years ago.
Although the guitars do eventually kick in later, the real appeal of the song is just the weird vibe you get from listening to it, almost like it’s trying to slowly pull you into its groove before hitting you on the back. head. The lyrics are also some of the most creative Tyler has used so far, going almost full on Zeppelin with the more cosmic pun.
It’s a tough road for any rock band so you need songs like this to get you through those stormy seasons.