We had a fun time at Stoops to Nuts ~ The Beatles White Album show at Ryan’s Daughter recently. A perfect night of music and storytelling.
“There was some anxiety due to writer’s block, not being able to finish a song or three, and a healthy dose of self-doubt here and there.”
We sat down with RJ from Vents Magazine for an interview. You can read it by clicking HERE.
Kind words from AudioFuzz about our single Riot. Click HERE to read the article.
“Supersmall is composed of singer-songwriter, Colin Dempsey, and drummer, Daniela Schiller. Dempsey is an Irish writer and storyteller based in New York. He has performed his unique blend of indie-rock music in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and most recently, the US. Schiller is a musician, storyteller and Neuroscientist, who leads the Schiller Lab of Affective Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Together, they make beautiful dreamy pop music in the same vein as The Mountain Goats and a more straight-forward version of Neutral Milk Hotel with stripped down production. There is nothing at all small about Supersmall, they are a large sounding folk/pop group. Beautiful vocals, beautiful arrangements.” – AudioFuzz
We done it! With Ross Otto joining us on bass, we played our new album along with some old tunes to a full house at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. We worked really hard on this record and pushed ourselves a little out of our comfort zone to achieve something very different from the first that we are utterly proud of. We gave ourselves two years to do it, and we finished pretty close to the finish line. You need to do this when you have other commitments (day jobs, babies, other band commitments, lives in general). I remember writing the last two lines to A Better Life in my car in the studio car lot the day we recorded it. Tom, our producer jokes about how highly strung I was during some of the recording. I was. Two songs, Siren and Riot were finished in the studio while Take A Day Off was plucked from a solo record I was working on at a different studio. Anyway, now it’s finished. Although we physically gave away the album to everyone who attended, the digital release will be sometime in the new year. Thanks again to all who came out to see our show, as we begin promoting this one we have already begun writing the next. And so the cycle continues, the musical adventures continue…
All photos taken by the talented Thomas Pryor
Here is the first song on our new album, Silent Moon. It’s due for release on September 28th but you can stream A Better life below.
The album is finished, mastered, and the agonizing over the track listing is all behind us. We are done. The art is completed, our release date is set for September 28th and all we have to do is wait…and listen to the record repeatedly. I couldn’t bring myself to say it until my wife, Marisa mentioned it. Then I talked with Daniela about it and my mind was made up. The title track Silent Moon needs to be redone. There is an energy and feeling in the song when played live that we could not capture on the record. The strings, organ, keyboards and whatnot sound wonderful, as good as any record. It just sounds a little lifeless and slow. To someone who had never heard the original, they probably wouldn’t even notice. It’s sounds beautiful, it’s just not our song.
I contacted our producer and between both of us being on vacation soon, his studio being totally booked up due to it being the busy time of the year, there was just no way to get the song fixed in time. Shit. Then I got a cal later today, there is an open spot next Tuesday 6pm – 12am. Bingo, we’ll work on it then. It’s not enough time to do what needs to be done so we’ll then send it over to the previous studio and pick it up there. That looks like the second week in September. We’ll master it and send it to the printing company to rush the CDs and fingers crossed, have everything we need by September 28th.
I’m a little stressed but if I keep focused I’m pretty sure I can pull it off.
Today was a little like Mission Impossible making phone calls, texting and emailing but we got ourselves a plan.
Tonight I spent a few hours back at Moon Lab Studios to finish the vocals on what will be the last track of the album. I had gone to Moon Labs to record a solo single a while ago but after spending a lot of time on it, I felt it was god enough to include on the Supersmall album. This is the only track Daniela did not play on. Lane (owner/producer/engineer) put me in contact with two jazz musicians to play drums and bass and the overall feel of the song is very different. It will be the closing track on the album. Anyway, I guess I wrote all this to say that Silent Moon is now officially finished, done, over, no more recording. We master the tracks and then when the artwork is finished, we go on sale.
Colin, signing out, July 1st, 2015 😉
I spent three days last week at the studio mixing the record now that all the recording has been done. It’s a long, slow but interesting process (of which the producer does 99.99% of the work – credit where it.s due). During the mixing of ‘Riot’ I felt it needed a guitar solo and was able to record it on what is now my latest obsession, a Gibson Memphis ES-330. We removed some backing vocals on ‘Free From Harm’ (also known as the yacht rock song) and made some minor adjustments here and there but it was mostly re-amping previous recordings. It sounded great and I’m sitting with them for a week or so to let them sink in. Tomorrow I return to Moon Lab Studios to finish the vocals on ‘Take The Day Off’ and then they’ll all be sent to get mastered and viola! We have our next record/first album. Much respect to Tom our producer, he’s an infinite supply of patience and energy. After touring the country opening for Neko Case, his first gig back was mixing our indie rock record. Daniela couldn’t make the sessions herself but hey, that’s what WhatsApp is for 😉
Below are some random pics of the days spent mixing.
Indie Rock Hair Not Working Out.
Sunset On Way To Sparrows Tavern.
Post Mixing Beer @ Sparrows Tavern.
1959 Fender Jazzmaster.
Progress Board (Tom Drew The Mermaid)
Tom Busy Mixing.
Gibson Memphis ES-330