I come to you all today bringing news and an apology.
Let’s go with the apology first:
I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in two months. It’s pretty sad and I don’t really have an excuse at all. I think I’ve lost my tiny readership at this point, but, I’m going to resume updating regularly. Also, for those of you interested in the progress of my record this will be the place to get sneak peaks of new tracks and to hear about the recording process.
Now for the bad news:
Last night my band (You Were Never a Locomotive) played a show. We joked during the set that it was our farewell tour…and, well, it was. After the show we had a talk and decided that the band was no longer a priority for any of us. Mark and Mike didn’t live in Fredericksburg anymore, we were having a hard time practicing and writing, and it was time to go our separate ways. I had a lot of fun with those guys, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be in a band again. But, I’m glad You Were Never a Locomotive happened. Thanks, guys.
Now for some good news:
Several things. First off, after many failed attempts, I have finally found my preferred method to record this record I keep referring to. I originally tried to do things this way, but I was drinking too much and I couldn’t seem to get a good performance. So, after recording a one-off cover song for a friend I switched it up. I went from recording things individually (starting with acoustic gtr, moving then to vocals, then fleshing out the rest of the song), to recording the vocals and guitars live and tracking the meat of the song separately, later. I thought I would get a more emotional performance, and I did, but it just didn’t sound as good and I felt crippled from a mixing standpoint.
Here is an example of the old method (that turned out well): Until I can find a good hosting site, click here.
I got frustrated and all but stopped recording the album. One day I got a stroke of inspiration and scrapped everything I had done so far (skeletal tracks for around 6 or 8 songs) to start over. I began recording Little Knives again, acoustic guitars first, and got the sound I’d wanted all along. This had always been the way I did things in the past and I am so glad it is working again. I figured I would post an unfinished version of the song just to give everyone a little taste of what things may sound like in the future.
Little Knives (No Drums): Until I can find a good hosting site, click here.
The last bit of news (and arguably the most exciting) is that, within a week or so, I will be releasing recordings to the public for the first time since 2005! The release comes in the form of an EP entitled From Weedon Manor. It was recorded live at one of Adam Bray’s revered house shows in September of 2008. It includes 6 tracks and beautiful artwork from the hands of Whitney Roberts over at Green-Eyed Muse. It will be available on iTunes and but, for the next month or so, exclusively in physical CD format. This project is my thank you to everyone that stuck with me over the years. I am moving forward now, you can rest assured. There are two tracks streaming at my myspace page as of last night. Listen to them and enjoy, please! The EP will be $5, if you want one just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (540)287-6685. Or you could come to a show. Thanks!
Tracklist and Artwork:
Nose in Book (of the now-defunct You Were Never a Locomotive)
Gospel (The National cover)
A Lover’s Lie