Written by Andy Samford Andy Samford
Category: RPM Blogs RPM Blogs
Published: 10 February 2018 10 February 2018
With the solo album wrapped up and complete (minus artwork and a title....details...) it was time to begin my 2nd RPM project this year, a collaboration between myself, Jeff Ray, and Matt Farmer.
Jeff and I have been working on music stuff together off and on since 1991, including 3 previous RPM albums as Say Zohn in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Altogether between all of our different projects we have released 18 albums and 6 EP's of music together.
Matt and I jammed a couple of times back in the early 90's, with the lone evidence of this event being a boombox cassette recording of our one original song and poor attempts at playing Silent Lucidity, Don't Cry, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Another Brick In The Wall, and Time Warp, all of them featuring 15 year old me on vocals. Quite an amusing listen 27 years on.
We recently tossed around the idea of working on some music together, and RPM seemed like a good excuse as any to try and make it happen, and so the plan was formulated: write and record an album over the course of 3 Saturdays in February. Today was Saturday #1 and the goal was to write and demo as many songs as we could come up with, hopefully at least 10.
So, we did pretty good, we wrote 8 new songs and also brought the old co-write from 1991 back to life, giving us 9 songs, with rough demos of all 9 recorded today. We then spent about a half an hour recording some freeform improv jams, which is something Jeff and I always like to do, to create some interludes, and some insurance..... the idea being that we can always use the jams to get us to 35 minutes should we fall short of the 10 song mark. The second jam created the germ of an idea for song #10, so it looks like that won't be an issue this time around, provided we are able to get all 10 songs recorded on Saturdays #2 and #3.
Between now and next Saturday Jeff & Matt will be listening to the demos and getting the parts and arrangements hammered into their brains to facilitate a smooth and efficient day of tracking, while I will be working on putting together drum tracks for all of the songs. Next Saturday we record as much as we can and the Saturday after that we get everything finished and mixed.
We don't have a band name or an album name yet, but we do have some song titles: Better Or Worse, No One Would Choose, Is Off, The Space Between The Nights, All The Way Gone, Tired As A Way Of Life Part 2, Dangerous To Know, The Voice Of They, We Steal Secrets, and Tired As A Way Of Life Part 1.