I don’t know why it never occurred to me until just now to put this up here, but here it is for anyone who may be interested — an alternate mix of “Insomnia Kick”. And I’m not someone who tends to do alternate mixes.
I think only about two people have heard this version in full. The meat of the song is the same as the released version on MY HELLHOUND CROOKED HEART, but the drum performance is different, and I think it changes the feeling of the song in a pretty serious way. This was the way it sounded before I got the hankering to pick up the brushes and try something different behind the kit just for kicks. And then it took me a few weeks to figure out which mix I liked better.
The best way I can think of to describe the difference is this: the mix that made it onto the album, with brushed drums taking more of a background role, sounds like a deep album cut. This mix with the more propulsive/upfront drum performance sounds more like a “single”. It gives the whole thing a more uptempo and somewhat more conventional feeling. That’s not a bad thing, really. Either mix could have made it onto the album. I just found myself liking the more laid-back drum performance a hair more when it came down to crunch time. I still feel like it could have gone either way.
Just goes to show how altering one specific element of a song can have a pretty serious impact on the whole thing.