Hello again, hello
We’ve been in the studio again. That was our Easter present. I’m now enjoying writing this sitting next to a window exulting in the glorious sunshine that is pouring through it after spending a couple of days in windowless rooms.
It went well. It went very well. Thank you for asking. Or, thank you for willing me to get to the point. We got another song done from scratch. It came out of me tinkering about with ideas on Garage Band on the couch las t Wednesday night, while my girlfriend tried to watch Netflix over me occasionally muttering obscenities because of my inability to keep time on the small touch screen of a phone. I’m loads of fun, so I am.
The Garage Band instruments replaced with Real Instruments™, and guitar and vocals added, it sounds like an album opener to me. Two minutes long, and sounding different to anything off the last two records. Time will tell if I get my way.
We spent some time working on songs from the other sessions, too. Our Krautrock-ish one, has had a lot of things stripped from it. We chucked everything at it when we recorded it and it’s always sounded cluttered. I’d just bought a fancy new delay pedal with a tempo control on it, so I’d gone over the top with that. In the end it was quite boring and took up too much space on the track. The bass has been changed to give the song more room to manoeuvre, and Rose will do a better job of my guide track when she’s next in, I’m sure.
We had a lot of fun with the track that we’ve recorded with Kate on lead vocals. It was sounding a bit too indiepop circa 2006, so we stripped it of all of the original instrumentation, bar the vocals. It is now sitting a lot better with the rest of the songs.
Lead vocals are done for the full band (and altered) version of the song I played on Vic Galloway’s Xmas Show. It’s almost done, I reckon.
We’ll be going back in a few weeks to track drums for most of the rest of record/other things. Hopefully we’ll get most of them done then. Hopefully.
I’ll be playing at Common Fest next week in Glasgow. It’s at the QMU on Friday 17 April. Here is the poster:
Please don’t let on to my mother that everyone appearing gets an individual poster like this. I’m trying to keep her under the impression that I’m totally successful enough to merit my name this size in comparison to the other considerably more impressive names below me. I may throw in some new stuff as well as my usual mix of our back catalogue and appalling chat.
Oh! Our pal and labelmate Rozi Plain’s new album ‘Friend’ is available for pre-order over on the Lost Map website.
Go here to have a listen to the beautiful sounds of track ‘Friend City’ and then buy it.
Right, I’m off to finish off some more songs and then bask in the sun. I need my Vitamin D.