Vanya Merc

Demos & Unreleased Tracks

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Everything starts somewhere. This track was written as a sort of "single" for This Lousy T-Shirt - a pretty straight ahead rocker without any funny business and plenty of notes. This 2008 demo was recorded on my Washburn MG44 running through a mic'd up Lehnert Rambler combo. Good times.

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A track I wrote one rainy day after hearing a particularly intense shred piece recorded by my friend Brandon Ellis. Don't think I matched the ferocity of his recording, but the song ended up pretty cool anyway. The original demo was recorded done using a Jackson USA King V through a Randall RH100 combo.

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No Demo's page would be complete without the original version of Until I Sleep recorded in 2009 after a literal flash of inspiration. The problem with the 2009 version was that the separate parts just weren't cohesive enough. There's a lot of cool guitar lines in there and a fun chorus, but otherwise it wasn't really there as a composition. Recorded using an Ibanez SA160 through the Lehnert Rambler. My old RG550EX makes an appearance during the final solo. 

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A track omitted from This Lousy T-Shirt in favor of the ones that made it. Performed using a Jackson SL1 I had at the time. Crazy long solo section in the middle, which is quite unusual for me in terms of writing.

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Another, slightly calmer, track which just missed the cut. In order to keep the project small enough to be manageable something had to give.

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This track, included here for the lulz, is an homage to Silver Surfer on the NES, probably one of the most sadistic videogames ever released. Originally a running joke between my friend, drummer Per Strand, and myself, this evolved into a pretty neat tune. It might be resurrected in some form for a future release.

Vanya Merc
04/04/2018
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03/08/2019
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To complete an album, one must first resist the urge to keep writing. It wreaks havoc with workflow and others involved in the project. I am a case in point of when this is not adhered to. 

On to the track then - I spent a good month wracking my brains to squeeze out every bit of imaginative phrasing I could possibly come up with on this one. The mood is lighter than a lot of what will be on my upcoming album, but I fear this track wont make it. And it'd be a shame if it was consigned to the archive, never having been heard by anyone but its creator.