Nik Furious: Brilliant Shower: Wallcrawler

Nik Furious - Brilliant Shower
Brilliant Shower artwork by Shawn Atkins

The creation of Wallcrawler was a lot more straight forward than most of the other cuts on Brilliant Shower. In fact, if you've been following this blog for more than four months, then you may already know most of the story.

In 2005, I made a stupid video called Spider-Man vs. Xandu. It was the early days of video sharing sites, and I wanted to make a parody that people could get excited about. But I didn't even know a good place to share the video at the time because YouTube wasn't even officially public!

Here's me working some of my mysterious magic as Xandu.

However, MySpace was at the height of its hype and I thought it'd be fun to write a track and share it on one of my music profiles. I teamed up with my roommate Scott to craft the theme song. You can listen to the Spider-Man vs. Xandu song here.

Wallcrawler is just the instrumental version of that theme, albeit with a slightly different mix. That, and it's got me saying "my Spidey sense is tingling!" in the middle of it, as inspired by some of my favorite surf rock songs of the 60s.

INTERMISSION! Wallcrawler on SoundCloud:

I'm a bit hazy on the details now, but to the best of my memory I wrote the music for the song, Scott and I wrote the lyrics, and then I did everything on the recording save for one of the rhythm guitars and the lead vocals. Honestly, I'm not sure if Scott played guitar on the track. But I think he did!!

Composing this song was fast and easy. I've been writing rock music longer than any other genre, and it tends to go quickly for me. The only obstacle I encountered was the solo section. I'm not too good at guitar solos. But this song sounds like it would really benefit from a nasty one! After experimenting with guitar riffs, I gave up and decided to try a synth solo instead. I'm pretty happy with the result.

NEXT: The collected edition of Brilliant Shower, including a ZIP file download of the entire album. And then my next album, 7 Star Sky Flash Kick, in 2013!