I’ve enjoyed everything The Trick has put out since the dawn of time. So glad he’s still at it and still making new music. The latest release from The Trick is called “Inaugurate Me” and it’s available on Bandcamp as a free download.
All the way from Fredericton, NB, here’s the scoop from Mr. Trick himself, Patrick Reinartz.
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard you before?
I suppose it’s a 50/50 blend of indie rock and synth pop. I grew up with a pretty fierce dual interest in both guitars and synths. I think the electronics won a little bit in the end, but as an instrument, guitars bring a certain level of humanity and imperfection to the table that’s harder to replicate electronically — the feeling that things could go off the rails at any moment. I got my start with The Trick as a solo musician mostly playing all-ages punk shows, and although I was usually the odd-man-out in those situations, the energy of that scene sort of bled over into what I was doing at the time.
What gear/software/techniques did you use in making this recording?
“Inaugurate Me” is a 100% DIY project, so we tracked it in our rehearsal space: a dank basement in a century-old house. It started with a demo I recorded myself and then we gradually layered the rest of the band into it, using pretty traditional methods and setups. Once we had all the pieces, I finished it in Cakewalk Sonar and added the synth layers. There are some softsynths in there (the prepared piano at the beginning and the sequenced synthbass at the end), but the rest was mostly hardware. We have a lot of Korg stuff around — not really intentionally, but that’s largely what it was made with: a Korg Micro-X, a Korg Minilogue, a MicroKorg… There’s also a Novation MiniNova in there and I think a little bit from the Yamaha DX27 also survived.
What mood or mental state do you hope to evoke in the listener with this music?
This is a song I kicked around for several years before it finally took shape (I literally have 3-4 different demos around from different attempts to do something with it). It started as an instrumental demo going for a post-rock meets shoegaze vibe. The entire first half of the song came from that old demo and then there’s that abrupt moment where the tempo doubles and its turns into a synth jam. So I guess I couldn’t commit to that idea for an entire song before my pop sensibilities kicked in. My hope is that it results in something a little cinematic, taking you from Point A to Point B and never looking back.