while i continue to struggle with artwork for the first ep (recorded as HoHW) it might seem strange for us to dive back into the studio to begin the whole process once again before we’ve finished it the first time. logic and grammar aside, we were presented with a unique set of circumstances that demanded action; a new lineup, a fresh batch of tunes that are feeling more and more like what we are supposed to sound like and a groovy partner mr kyle rose of KTR Recording who is a very cool and generous guy.
we’re approaching this differently than we did the first time around. last time we recorded just about everything live, all of us in a room being recorded together, even some of my vocals were the “scratch” tracks. the result is a somewhat loose, raucous vibe that turned out quite well (if you have not done so, why not download a free sample track from the first ep here). for this group of tunes we are going to “track”, meaning that we’ll start with a basic version of the song to be used as a guide and each of us will record our parts to that guide separately. the intent is to give us a cleaner final version with more space to focus on fine tuning the arrangements and more precise dynamics. we hope.
no matter how you slice it, going into the studio is a mixed bag. don’t get me wrong, i love it, but it is work. the excitement of realizing our vision for the songs gets mixed in with the pressure to get it right. the goal is to get something honest and fun and visceral and often the precision and planning that studio work demands can seem at odds with that end, but try we must.
i’m starting to feel like this post will make me sound like a huge bummer, which isn’t the case. i couldn’t be more ready or fired up to take this on with these guys, i’m just feeling introspective this morning and thought i would share.
speaking of the artwork for the first ep, i have scheduled time with multi-talented dynamo Paul Sarne of photo shoot fame to help get that finished, so we should see some hard copies before too long.
when we met with kyle to talk particulars about the recording i found this outside the studio. i take this as the best of omens.