How to make Tears For Fears 'Shout' in DRC
80’s new wave/synthpop legends ‘Tears For Fears’ are at time of writing, still an active band, having released music and toured together since 1981! (Although members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith did spend most of the 90s apart, when Orzabal continued to release music alone, but still under the Tears For Fears name)
Responsible for some iconic singles of the 80s, the group’s first big hit was their 1982 single ‘Mad World’ which would later on form part of their first album ‘The Hurting’. Whilst the album was very popular in the band’s home country of the UK, it was a certain single from their second studio album which earned international attention and cemented worldwide fame, 1984’s ‘Shout’.
One of the most successful songs of 1985, it was a global hit, topping the charts in several countries including USA, Germany and Australia. Sandwiched between the single releases of ‘Mother’s Talk’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, Shout was written by Orzabal at home, using only a small synthesizer and a drum machine. He was initially unsure of its potential as a single and upon demoing it, he had to be convinced by other band members that it was more than ‘just a good album track’.
Written and released in 1984 in the wake of the cold war, the song is an encouragement to others that protest is an option in order to be heard on topics that matter.
In today’s DRC Sound Design Tutorial, Lucas not only takes on the tracks bass and flute sounds, but also the vocal - so stick around to hear Lucas nail the vocal live!
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