Last Tuesday evening I spent a few hours in Moon Labs Studio with Lane attempting to wrap up the final and last song ‘Take A Day Off’. We got some interesting guitar pieces down thanks to his friend Alex, sounds very The Cardigans-esque. My original acoustic guitar was taken from the mix and the song was rebuilt as a piano driven song. After a few run throughs after that last session we felt it needed some electric guitar. I am sick again so I could not attempt a new vocal. This is something that I notice has popped up time after time as I review the older posts. I’ve been sick quit a bit the last year. It sucks. I’m getting older, my body anyway but my brain still tells me to act like i’m 19. Maybe some slowing down will aid my health so I can return and put this record to bed.
The artist designing the cover is almost done, first drafts look awesome. We will return in late June to mix the record over three days and that will set us up for an August release. It’s a little later than we expected but close enough.
Three studio recordings in one week, that’s a good week in music! It’s almost like i’m a pro. I admit, only two were for Supersmall though. Saturday I spent the day working on the single ‘Take The Day Off’ at Moon Labs which is a song in the genre of ‘Swing’ to further annoy those folk who comment that we have not yet found our ‘sound’. Yes, you’re right and we’re totally fine with it. When they find themselves clicking their fingers to it and singing along Sinatra style i’m sure they’ll understand. Shoo-bee-doobie-doo!
Today I spent all day in New Jersey laying down vocals for the new record at Nuthouse. The studio is huge, but the one next door is even bigger. It’s the studio Jeff Buckley was recording his second album in before he died. I just recently finished the book ‘Touched By Grace’ by Gary Lucas and enjoy taking a peak inside whenever they leave the door open. So far they’ve had everything from the hairiest folk band i’ve ever seen to a mellow drugged out heavy metal band who got their tour bus stuck in the car park because they were too high to drive it out. Spinal Tap is a documentary.
I also recorded two additional demos which Tom (producer) agrees should be added to the record – Hello tracks #6 & #7! ‘Riot’, one of the two new folk tunes has been bumped up to #1 single. A vote of confidence I admit. I’ll go over the demo and see what we can add, most likely just some violin. The adventure continues.
I got to spend some time with our Producer Tom at the studio this week and go through the songs we plan on recording in September. It felt good to sit down with another songwriter and go through the material. Tom is an excellent guitarist and songwriter and has played in some awesome bands over the years. He can also be seen playing guitar in the fictional band Sideboob in Orange Is The New Black. Except for a few minor changes in how I strummed some of my “made-up” chords we were good to go. We chose the five songs we plan to focus on and two other possible songs. We will then return at a later date to finish the album with the remaining songs. Here are the solid five:
2) Free From Harm
3) Silent Moon
4) A Better Life
5) Between The Sun & Candlelight
Only ‘A Better Life’ has not been played live and is still being ‘tweaked’.
After hashing out the songs we grabbed a beer at Hoboken’s only true dive bar DC’s Tavern which is a block away. It’s an awesome bar and I’m looking forward to having a cold one after each long day of recording.
I was a little anxious about switching studios, the quality of the material and dealing with bouts of writer’s block but as we approach the recording date I’m feeling damn good about it all. Everything has worked out fine and I’m looking forward to the new adventures opening up for Supersmall.