Here’s where things are at the moment. We’ve recorded all the drum tracks for our second album, and also all the bass tracks. That all went really well. Recording the drums in good acoustic spaces meant they came out much better than the home recorded drums on our first album (which did end up sounding good, but that required a lot of work). Jake has recorded the majority of the guitar tracks as well. We’ve got going with the editing and mixing, but there’s a lot to do (and I’m rather fussy about taking the time to get it sounding right). Also, the keyboard parts still have to be done (and as I don’t just slap down a bit of basic organ that’s also time-consuming). And of course the glorious vocals still need to change their status from currently non-existent to existent.
Also, at the moment all that has stalled because real-life is getting in the way for me, but come mid-April things will get going again. In the meantime Mick is getting on with doing the next Red Bazar album, Ed is busy playing with his metal bands, and Jake is busy finishing the guitar parts and telling me to hurry up and get on with the album. Ellie also has real life getting in the way, so she’s not harrassing me to get on with it.
We do have one song almost finished, apart from the vocals, and it sounds awesome!
There’s also some exciting news on the horizon for live prog in Nottingham, but I have to keep the details of that under my hat for a little longer.
ELO at their proggiest.
Seems to have been shot at a student union performance, and while it’s low budget it’s surprisingly well done and the sound isn’t the usual unlistenable pile of hiss you’d expect.
Have to say that Mike de Albuquerque wasn’t the most scintillating stage performer in those days.
Like the combination of gloom and desert heat here:
Well done to the Classic Rock Society for their annual awards night for 2014, some of us went up there and had a great time. The CRS seems to be doing well again with the new team.
We got to chat and drink with some people we admire, including Steve Hackett, Nick Barrett from Pendragon (an old friend of Honey and Lava’s bassist Steve Kightley), some of the Big Big Train guys, Stephen Lambe, Andy from DeeExpus, and the singers from Alchemy after they finished, who all turned out to be a fascinating bunch (and possibly more people too but it was all getting bit hazy after Nick bought one last round of large whiskies).
I’m looking forward to going to a few more gigs at the CRS this year, they’ve certainly got things going again up North.
Our drummer Ed’s metal band Bloodguard have changed their name to Beyond Grace (perhaps to escape creditors). I suggested Beyond Psychiatric Help but they didn’t take me up on that.
Anyway, they are touring the UK next week with Monolith Deathcult and Talanas. Check out their new Facebook page for the details.
Another great economics rap — round two of Keynes vs Hayek:
First one here.