I hope you're all staying warm! Only one more month of this garbage and spring WILL BE HERE. I've been hard at work booking several tours for the warmers months & praying to all of the gods that my little ford focus will make it through the winter. I remain hopeful.
This past Sunday, I headed into the studio to record a few songs that will eventually be pressed to a 7"! I arrived at Northfire Studios around 10 am that morning and we began setting up right away. I was greeted by Garrett Sawyer, who would be behind the board for our session. He is an absolutely awesome dude and I highly recommend working with him! I walked into the control room and laid eyes on the most beautiful piece of machinery: The Tape Machine. She was gorgeous.
I walked into the live room, where cables and recording paraphernalia were being scattered about by a few interns. Zach was testing out a few different drums and Nate was tuning up his bass. I have been playing with Zach for a few years now. It all started when we were preteens, teaching each other Pearl Jam songs in my living room at age 12, to various bar bands and eventually harassing him to play in my band at the end of last year. Zach is a rock and roll drummer to the core, and I felt that he would give my songs a little oomph. He had never been in the studio before, much to my surprise, and agreed to join me for the session. Zach plays in an AWSOME band called Cold Shot, which if you still haven't seen them play, you are SERIOUSLY missing out.
I wanted to really capture the perfect retro feel for this session, and what better way than with upright bass! I put the word out that I was looking for the perfect bass player a few months before the session and just hoped someone would come my way. It wasn't until Christmastime, when I was at Theodore's Blues Bar in Springfield for a Maxxtone show that my good pal T-Bone mentioned that the bass player studied jazz for a number of years and played a 100+ year old upright. We spoke briefly after the show and I got very good vibes from Nate Fay. A few weeks later, I gathered the boys in my mom's living room and we started rehearsing for the session!
The soundcheck took about an hour. We played through the songs a few times as well as a few Led Zeppelin tunes. Once we were ready, we started rolling and didn't stop for a few hours…
Authenticity is very important to me as an artist. So I chose to record completely live and onto tape. What you track is what you get with this method. You don't go back and edit shit out. I love putting on an old album, hearing it crackle, and feeling as though the band is right in the room with you. There is magic. I hope to achieve that kind of sound with this record.
I'm not quite ready to reveal what songs will be going on this mystery 45, but I can say that the boys did an AWESOME job on the session. Garrett was great to work with, as were all of the interns and assistants. It takes a few months for vinyl to come off the presses, and I will announce the release date very soon!
As with the last album I did, Josh came along to document our adventure with his old Minolta film camera. I can't wait for the film to be developed! He also brought along the digital and got some photos as well as some video that I will post closer to the release!