Friday, November 28, 2008

Fish, Skyline, EP Cover?

Possible/probable artwork for "Water Came and Cooled Us All".
Pretty snappy.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Finally: The Final Cut

Although the EP recording is still ongoing, I assure you that it is quite close to completion. But as with any obsessed musician, we are eager to start the next project as soon as possible (despite not wrapping up the current one). Thus, we have already recorded the basic tracks for a song called "Copper Sea", to be part of a full length record coming some time in the future.

If that weren't enough, it has been agreed by 50% of the band that it would be a good idea to pay tribute to Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut". We intend to take some liberties with the original songs, putting our special stamp on them. Some basic tracks have been recorded, final songs will be posted on our website (coming soon) for download as they are completed. Recording will be done chronologically according to the original record.

You can't wait and neither can we.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Water Came and Cooled Us All

With most of the songs on the EP essentially done, the final track listing is ready to be presented to the public and/or our adoring fans. The name of the record will be "Water Came and Cooled Us All", the track listing is as follows:

1- Big Blue Heron (Parts 1-3)
2- Halo, Wings & All
3- Sea Dragon-Shaped
4- No More Letting Off Sparks
5- The Fish
6- Up & Shining

Thursday, October 9, 2008

We Don't Really Need Bass, But...

We are thrilled to announce that Ben Didsbury (formerly of The Vital Might) has joined in on the fun as our long-awaited bass player. I've always been mesmerized by his abilities and we have all been blown away by his contributions thus far. Ben came in and knocked out bass parts for the EP at a lightning pace, making the rest of us look like hacks.

Anyway, thanks Ben. Welcome.

(p.s - Ben is the one being pointed to, not the one doing the pointing. I "borrowed" this photo from The Vital Might site, link above)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Recording Our Little Hearts Out

We're now a few months into the recording process, we have most of the basic tracks down while Matt works out lyrics and we all write extraneous, ancillary pieces. We've been coming in on most Sundays, drinking Red Bull, learning as we go. Matt Dodge has give us the initial kick in the pants we needed, teaching us about mic set-up, pre-amps, etc.

Slow and steady wins the race. More to come...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

EP Coming Soon

We've (Matt, Matt and I) been working diligently on various song ideas in the confines of Matt Savage's basement. While the standard material works itself out, we will be writing and recording an EP of "bluesy", acoustic material. This will be a self-recorded/self-released work, utilizing Matt's TASCAM 24-track digital recorder along with the microphones and isolation booths at National Boston Video Center (where I am currently employed). Things are starting to happen!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Chinatown & The Tam. Voila, a Band.

Matt and I have a tradition of sporadically venturing into Chinatown, aimlessly walking around in search of a restaurant (preferably one we've yet to experience), settling in and gorging until we can eat no more. More often than not, this meal is followed by a visit to a pub of some kind, usually a place on the lower end of the "fancy" scale.

One wintry evening we in fact followed that exact procedure and wound up at The Tam, your standard dive bar; cheap beer, but more importantly, cheap gin and tonics. At this time I was studying classical guitar with the very talented, New England Conservatory PhD student Steve Lin as my instructor. Sipping away at our gin, Matt and I were discussing these lessons when we came up with the idea of writing songs based around the classical guitar concept: classical guitar style music bed, electronic beats underneath and Matt's unique vocal-style on top. It was a recipe for assured greatness and we were very excited to get started.

Soon after, we nixed the electronic beats in lieu of live beats provided by the curious brain of Matt Dodge. He was in Godboy.

Where this leads is anyone's guess.