Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's all happening

We started recording this week, even though I'm trapped in Calgary.  Nick put down some awesome drums and Johnny is pounding through the guitar parts at lightning speed.

So excited, even if I'm far far away.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


It's a frozen tundra in Chicago and pretty much everywhere east of the Mississippi, so let's all take a moment to stay inside, play video games and relax.

Or, spend 30 minutes getting your car out of the snow, drive to work, get a flat tire, discover your plates are expired and have to take the train home.

The weather is so dominating I feel like I can't think about much else, but apparently Nick can, because he recorded some awesome drum videos with his new gopro (some kind of awesome camera for live performance recording).

Here's one to get you going.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dutch East Indies does Halo

John's been hard at work doing awesome DJ mixes, but he took some time out to play around with one of our latest demo recordings.

Here it is:


Recording Inspiration + Johnny's fresh new project!

So as we get ready to record our album, we do what all bands do and discuss how we want it to sound. In general, we don't want an over-produced, non-authentic record that we can't be proud of. In our old band, we got written up once and the best thing about that write up was this:

"The trio...records raw-nerve that sounded like it was pounded out in someone's basement in a single afternoon. There's nothing fussy or pretentious about it's sound."

I think we're looking for something similar. We all have our wants for this record, we're picking out other albums vocals sounds or drum sounds or guitar tone that we want to emulate. It's a lot of fun and we're looking forward to it.

Then the other day I saw this article posted by my friend on Facebook:

Steve Albini's four page letter to Nirvana before recording 'In Utero'. And it was amazing. Obviously, all band's that consider themselves to be some form of garage rock can relate to this. Our believe is that the act of creating music should be very organic and allowing for a record to capture those moments is something to strive for.

The whole letter is awesome, but bits really stuck out to me.

"I like to leave room for accidents and chaos."

"99% of the sound of a record should be established while a basic take recorded."

"If every element of the music and dynamics of a band is controlled by click tracks, computers, automated mixes, gates, samplers and sequencers, then the record may not be incompetent, but it certainly won't be exceptional."

Obviously, times have changed a bit and we'll be doing a lot of things digitally. That's part of the process now, especially on a low budget and major DIY after the fact. But the letter gives us ambition and something to aspire to.


Second part of this post is about John's new project called Dutch East Indies.

Described as a 'Trap DJ', i'll admit that this music is beyond my realm of understanding. But it is exceptional.

Check his first mix here and please like his facebook page via the link above and help him out!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

This is Nick for a change. I came here to write about Pam's vocals issues, but alas she has beaten me to it. Apparently not being able to talk, doesn't hinder one's ability to type. Weird.

I don't really have anything important to say other than I'm really excited for this show. There's something about this new crop of stuff that we're done that is so very fun...and primal...and loud...and fast that really appeals to my better sensibilities. And I can't wait to play it again. Pam mentioned about the loud practice. IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME. Mainly because we're awesome.

Anyway, here is what you can hear sing about on Saturday

- flesh wounds
- nintendo
- flightless birds
- growing old, then getting eaten by a bear
- artillery
- the invisible man
- criminal activity
- the master chief

I leave you with this, cause it's amazing. Hence us being awesome. I have a certificate if you're not convinced.

vocal silence

After a pretty insanely loud practice on Tuesday, I've had to go on vocal rest for the past day+.  Here's some things people do to you when you are on vocal rest:
-motion with their hands like you can't hear
-talk louder
-think you are being rude by not saying hello
-avoid you because they think you have a disease

None of these are really that bad, they are actually quite hilarious.  I also end up doing very silly things like exaggerating facial expressions, nodding yes really enthusiastically, and dancing to no music to cheer people up.

Here's my treatments that I do (I have vocal nodules - as of last January they were pretty small, I bet they are bigger now).
-First off, I had surgery in 8th grade to remedy the problem.  There have been advances and maybe it's time to do it again, I don't know.
-You can do speech therapy to help control your breath, this helps to teach you your limitations but also, like physical therapy, it helps to strengthen your chords.
-Complete vocal rest for a few days.  This is hard, not so much in social situations, but the fact is, I talk to my cats a lot, and I curse in the car.  These more impulsive uses of my vocal chords are the hardest to cut.
-Singer's Saving Grace - buy this at whole foods, it's disgusting, but it works to reduce swelling in your chords.  This is my number 1 quick fix.
-Hydrate like there's no enough water on earth.
-I've read to steam, I'm going to try this tonight.

Say a small mental prayer that my voice is strong and ready for Saturday's nights show.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Castle on a cloud

After spending a full week with visitors in the house, I realized how much I hate practicing in front of people.  It is good, therefore, that we don't practice in front of people.

Mystery Street is where we practice with the full band set up, amplifiers and all.

If you are in a band and only need to be loud every once in a while, this is a great (and pretty inexpensive) option.  The people there are super nice, they have very accommodating hours, and there's a bar next door where you can buy a six pack and bring it over.  I realize that buying only a six pack is probably lame to young aspiring musician types, but, we're all middle-aged here.  Six packs are a party to us.

Don't forget about the show this Saturday.  It's at 10pm at Lilly's on Lincoln, here's a map in case you are the type that gets confused.

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