Thursday, February 28, 2008

YouTube vid

Vid from the studio... watch it here:

or here (if i can post this properleeeeee):


Sorry. A little late with this one.

Went to the studio on my lonesome on monday night to get guitar overdubs down to, er... a track which has yet to be named... even thought it's been in the set for about 2 years now. It's the one we usually end on, for those who have seen us recently....

Anyway, got all the ebow down, with a nice buzz-saw like sound for the end bit. I suspect this will have everything and the kitchen sink thrown at it for measured chaos.

More time booked for saturday, with someone filling the time... weird how speedy this seems compared to recording 'Scars', That did feel like a lifetime. But then, i think this could be a very different peice to 'Scars'. That's probably intentional.....


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Johnny's Report....

1st day of recording: 16/02/08

We arrive at Corin's......early (10am is early!) to a waft of cow dung in the air. Smells like home!
Set-up doesn't take long and after I've wiped the sleep out of my eyes and slurped on my coffee we're ready for action.

It's a drumming frenzy to begin with.....and with the Aga to keep me company I must have lost some well earned pounds after 4 or 5 (?) takes of the first track! It's one we've played live so the drum part is down pretty quickly.

Next is a Stomperthon and after some blood (well a bruised thigh!), sweat and some tears (on my part!) we're two down. The 3rd follows and after some discussions on tempo, feel and the 'A and B' game we're pretty happy with the take on 4.....I HOPE!!

It's been a pretty intense and tiring day......but a giggle all the same!

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

more from the weekend....


Just to add to Dunks comment... a good weekend's work all round... nice country air... and close to where I live, which is dead handy...

Only at guide stage at the moment so difficult to say how it's shaping up, but one track has broken the 13 min barrier, which is quite an acheivement. Roar.

Nice to be back recording again. My favourite bit of it all. Piecing it all together. We do seem to eat an awful lot while doing it tho... so expect some weight gain. Kettle chip anyone?

More soon. And video clips.
Here are some photos for anyone interested....


the Somerset countryside.... aahhhhhhhh

Farm wildlife. Not to be crossed. 

This caged environment does funny things to me.

The secrets out – our new direction reference material revealed....

Dunk tuning. A rare occurence.

At last....

Well finally we've managed to return to the studio to start recording the follow up to Scars of the Midwest! Its taken far too long to get back to this stage, and in all honesty I think theres been times since we released scars that it probably looked like we wouldn't actually release anything else again through one reason or another.

I'm very much hoping that this recording doesn't take anywhere near as long as the first album took - there was a lot of messing around and over experimentation that took place that time...and a lot of tracks that we just gave up on - im pretty confident that that wont happen this time. We already have johnny's drum tracks recorded to what we think will be over half of the album, and ben is due in this week to start putting down the basic bass initial bass parts.

It looks like you can probably expect a slightly heavier sounding blueneck this time around judging by the VERY early stages - I wont elaborate too much more on that yet - but you 'll be able to see snippets that we're uploading to the youtube channel during the recording sessions.

Oh..Corin has moved the studio too....we're now in a farmhouse...overlooking the Mendip hills...with ducks, geese and the occasional pig and dog wandering around...its an ideal opportunity to re-create the Pet Sounds cover art... ;-)

We'll try and keep you updated regularly with random thoughts of whats going on and with a bit of luck we'll get ben and johnny offering their mutterings soon.

Until then...

D.A x

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

We're not dead.


Yes, we are still alive, and apologies for not updating the blog as much as we should. We are lazy. No excuse. I'm sure you'll understand.

Anyway, good news is we're heading back into the studio this weekend as a last-minute decision... Corin Dingley with be dealing with production and recording duties again, and it's fair to say we're all pretty excited... We've got new tracks to be going back in with, some which you may have seen on the YouTube page... some stuff might grow along the way. We'll add video diaries and stuff as we go along, snippets of tracks and general tomfoolery. 

It's gonna be a little while before anything comes together, but hopefully we won't take as long as we took on 'Scars'....

Until then....



We've found some limited promo-sleeved albums, which we've all signed and now added them to the shop on the site.... there's only 18, so if you want one, you know what to do.