Radical Dynamic Shift YKTTW Discussion

Radical Dynamic Shift
First verse quiet, second verse loud
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"You know: full band entry, fortissimo, while maintaining apparent volume on the vocal track." -Fountains of Wayne Hotline by Robbie Fulks

Musical Trope. Trope Namer is the song "Fountains of Wayne Hotline" by Robbie Fulks, in which the term "Radical Dynamic Shift" is defined as above, poking fun at the band Fountains of Wayne for overusing it. It generally comes after a quiet first verse, where the first chorus or second verse is suddenly much louder or fuller, and is often accompanied by a squeal of feedback.

Classically, this is known as "sforzando forte".

Subtrope of Subdued Section. This trope is about starting soft and then getting (and staying) loud, as opposed to quiet sections in the middle or end.


  • In the Robbie Fulks song "Fountains of Wayne Hotline" the singer does one "broken-down" verse, then calls the eponymous hotline to figure out where to go next. "Gerald" suggests the Radical Dynamic Shift, as above. The singer hangs up and with a squeal of feedback the entire band joins in.
  • Fountains Of Wayne songs
    • "Mexican Wine": The first verse has only a guitar and the first chorus only a keyboard. Then feedback as the singer says "yup" and the full band enters.
  • Everclear song "Santa Monica (Watch the World Die)": the first verse and chorus feature only a guitar with a drum coming in after a few bars. After the first chorus the guitar gets crazier and the vocals screamier.
  • DragonForce song "EPM"
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