I have talked on and off over the last year about how hey, look, I finally sort of have a band!
Of course, I have also talked about how much wrestling it is to get the other guys to do stuff--the other guitarist is a super-duper perfectionist when writing, which leads to lots of revisions of a song before he would share it with us. (This is why I couldn't ever get him on board with RPM.) The drummer would more often come to practices with the stated goal of working on new material without having actually listened to the guitar pro versions of the composition to at least get a feel for what they sound like.
So, as with last year, I said, "Well, if you guys aren't up for RPM, I guess I'll see you in March." (This year that was especially true, since I'm also taking classes at a music school and needed an hour of practice time every night, in addition to RPM time.) The guitarist also synced up with his old band members in Poland so they could work on re-recording some of their old material.
Anyway, the other guitarist had sent an email a couple days ago about how he was working with his band in Poland but that he would like to pick back up with our writing project soon "if we're still interested." The drummer responded that realistically, the sort of music that we're writing is more complicated than he wants to do just for fun and that he would only want to do is as a paid gig (with the subtext that even if we were game for playing shows, our lack of a separate bassist and our inability to find a singer would make that pretty much impossible in the short term).
So, yeah. We went from being unable to find a singer to now having no drummer as well, so given the speed at which it moves anyway maybe it's time to just call the whole thing off.
...I'm the only person logged in. Even off season, that's weird...
shot the album cover in an old warehouse in kc yesterday, it came out pretty good, we'll see I suppose. the band has been radiosilent the last few weeks since our last show, but i'm hoping to book us some more shows after May, which so far has seemed pretty strangely hard to do. making some last sweeps of the cd before mastering and getting it sent off to diskmakers, it's funny to hear these songs now and for some 2 years ago when I wrote them, they just don't sound the same, which i hope is a good thing. having been a solo act for at least 7 years, it's nice to have the collaboration, even though it does get frustrating at times to write something and have someone come along and mess it all up. in the end, I'm very happy with the band and hope that we can continue for a few albums worth of rockin out. i do still have 1 maybe 2 more AFC albums left, and who the hell knows what will happen after that..???
so the title of the NOW/here album will be called "Therapy Sessions" and I just got back the updated tracks from the studio and they sound pretty damn good. There's so much more I want to do, it's hard to get the two guitar players to write parts that fit the moods of the songs and not just play something that goes along with the chord changes. I did add a few guitar parts here and there to fill some things out, but there's still a lot of dynamics missing on builds that bother me a little. Still what I hear here is a pretty good debute, and will be very hard to top if and when we ever make it to album #2. For those of you who have heard my stuff, I'm sure you'll hear the AFC stamp on these songs, especially next year when Tess records the album I wrote for her, alot of the songs were from the same time period. next up will be mastering, then album cover shoot and hopefully a video as well. CD release in May, and then the accolades to follow.
another 2 hours in the studio before our show last night. technically all 10 songs are mixed, though there is probably still another hour at least of minor fixes. we're going to sit on it for a couple weeks and see what we think before giving the go ahead for mastering. so much work for 10 songs. I recorded my 11 songs for RPM in a couple days. oh well, I also didn't go over the drum parts with a fine tooth comb. I have put another song from the mix up in my demo player, which now makes 2 songs, and if you listen to them, I'd appreciate some thoughts on what you think.
we went back in Saturday night, fixed a few things, and got 4 more songs done, unfortunately, we have 2 songs left, so we're playinga show Tuesday night and in an efffort to get the mixing done, are going in 2 hours before heading down to set up for the show. our drummer didn't show up saturday, which always makes me a bit perturbed. oh well, we are sounding better and better, and I really like these songs, so I think it will be a successful album, probably.
there is a song up in my player if you wanna go listen to us and see what we're all about.
Unfortunately, school got in the way of getting an album done for this year. Oh well. Maybe next year! RPM 2015 here I come! :) *fingers crossed*
we spent more time fixing bad drum parts than actual work this weekend, 12 hours in the studio and only 4 songs near completion, 2 of which were recorded in September, so very minimal things had to be done to them. So we've booked 5 more hours to try to get the other 6 songs done. There are some brilliant things going on, but it still sounds so artificial to me. I guess I'm really just used to the sound I get out of my own basement at this point. I'm not saying it's bad, it's just a difference between what I do and what a studio with real equipment does. I've decided to put one of the tracks in my player, if you're interested in hearing what NOW/here is all about, this is probably our best song, and one where I had the least amount of issues getting everyone on the same page with what I wanted the song to sound like when I wrote it.
If you take a listen, there are a couple flaws in the mix down that I just noticed this morning, so those will be fixed.
I've had more fun recording this year and actually getting to play live shows with the material I've recorded. Hooray! Now I can finish watching Breaking Bad in my free time. And continue to record music, obviously.
CD arrived at RPMHQ, I see. 12 days after I sent it.
I blame Deutsche Post. They probably thought my refusal to put any value on my package put it under immediate delay and suspicion.
Next year, can we have an exception for those of us who live overseas?