Pet peeve... there's a drummer right there, for Pete's sake!

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  1. mojocaster.com

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    Look at the intro in this song: pre-recorded crappy beat machine drums. And Larry is sitting *right there* doing nothing. Waiting to actually play. What the heck?

     
  2. Unnecessary

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    I don't understand the issue? They wanted to use a different drum sound that's not an acoustic kit, so they used a sample.... this happens all the time from stadium to the basement....
     
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    But notice the difference in dynamics and sound once he kicks in.
     
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    Agreed! Maybe if they get rid of those electronic drums and sequenced keyboard parts they will finally be the successful band that we always thought they could be.....
     
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    Maybe the songwriter thought that would be the best for the song? You know... the song comes first, and all that. Serve the song? Don’t over play.... hold back.... restraint? Perhaps they wanted to do a juxtaposition of a soul-less intro that signals exactly how down and out ole Bono feels without his latest iPhone upgrade.... then, when he makes it to the Sprint store and gets the deluxe edition he’s all like “yeah...” and the real drums kick in... happened to me just last week.
     
  6. Fred Farkus

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    U2 trying to sound like Coldplay trying to sound like U2 trying to sound like Coldplay trying to sound like U2
     
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    ... trying to sound like 99.9% of all Praise & Worship guitarists trying to sound like U2 trying to ... etc., etc.
     
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    I agree. What the hell does U2 know?
     
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    U2 is my favorite band. It’s funny how i use his first name as if I know him, But around Achtung Baby, Larry got used to the idea of playing and incorporating samples. He said in an interview that he enjoyed the interplay of playing off percussion machines.

    I like the fact that U2 has never been afraid to change or blow up their own machine.
     
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    U2 definitely blazed their own trail, and were a big influence on many bands that came along after them.....
     
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    Wait a GD minute! You mean U2 uses pre-recorded tracks?!?!?
     
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    I used to like Coldplay more when they were called U2
     
  13. Fred Farkus

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    Wait... I didn't see anyone sitting at a card table with a Mac. Are sure that wasn't the drummer?
     
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    They're getting lazy.
     
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    Look at this song, a corny melodramatic piano part when there's an electric guitar hanging right there off his shoulders just inches from his hands :cool:
     
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    OP is correct. A drummer will tell you that there are different time signatures happening and lend to offer different accents on the down & up beats... Bono even adjusts his timing on note choice, which in-turn, this sounds like two to three different sections meshed; or blended subtly together... IOW weak dynamics & projection. Expect more from this Veteran band.
     
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    Just watched the video. Sorry but this thread is a nothing-burger. What some are calling pre-recorded drums to me is essentially a glorified metronome beat to keep the band on tempo until the drummer kicks in. Sure, I'd have thought it more effective to have kept it out of the FOH speakers entirely but if doing it otherwise is U2's artistic decision. who am I to second guess the band on how to perform their own song? Re: "U2 sounding like Coldplay sounding like U2" ad infinitum, they sound similar like the Marshall Tucker Band sounded like the ABB at times. Someone back then probably said the same things as here substituting MTB and ABB for U2 and Coldplay. Ceis la vie.
     
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    Non. C'est la vie. :)
     
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  20. Dr.Picklebottom

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    that beat was too hard for a human to play.

    I listened expecting a big difference when the drummer did come in and was extremely disappointed. his real drum sound was so quiet and small sounding he could've easily just played that casio crap beat and itd have sounded so close no one would ve noticed a difference.
     

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