I went to see Team Dresch Saturday night, whom I blame entirely for the rockin' nature of this song (though I think it ended up much closer to Jawbreaker than to Team Dresch). I started out with the rhythm guitar part, then started in on the guitar riff. I don't usually do very well at coming with guitar parts beyond a rhythm guitar track, and this one's not particularly complicated, but I think it really helps the song. I even recorded a guitar solo, which is fairly sloppy but it's only my second guitar solo ever, so I'm fairly pleased. Added in totally half-assed bassline and took a couple passes at lead vocals. I was actually pretty happy with the vocals, so maybe I should record more punk-sounding numbers. Added in some oh-oh-oh's for the choruses, then went to work on the drums. The drums are kind of a mess, but, you know, punk rock.
Thoughts After Listening to the Original:
Obviously, the style is pretty different, but I'm not sure I was really too far off on the melody. I probably would have done the chorus a little differently if I'd heard the song first, but it's closer than it really deserves to be. I'm really pleased with this song, actually. My songs tend to fall into a fairly standard folk-pop sound and can get a little samey, so nice to change do something in a different style and have it come out reasonably well.