Recording DAY TWO (12/1/11)

Wed 12th January

The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice in the coming weeks that Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 etc…are, in fact, not consecutive days in the Roman calendar. That is because we have to devote much of our time to the drudgery and sludgery of real-life. Jobs and all that lark. Granted, this isn’t the most exciting way to begin a journal entry but it’s one that I wanted to clear up. Nice and early. No fooling around right? YOU GOT THAT. Good.

Well step this way….here comes some hot-of-the-press-exclusives.

Ready?

What we are recording right now is a concept album. Some of you may now be stifling the urge to be sick into the nearest receptacle…you should probably navigate away from this page now. Because not only is it a concept album…it’s almost a ROCK OPERA. There. I said it.

Now…don’t get me wrong, I love Meatloaf as much as the next man (in the fact that I can’t stand him and the man next to me has a t-shirt on saying ‘I hate Meatloaf’…). We’re not going down some hugely pretentious, overblown epic, wizards and capes, 20 minute keyboard solos type-route (well, we might…we’ll have to see..). No, dear reader. However…all the songs on this album are linked to each other. They have a central story and a theme (more on which later…). They have recurring characters and follow a series of plot twists and turns that would make Ballard blush. Yes, you guessed it…we’re pretty much just ripping off the idea from The Decemberists ‘Hazards of Love’.

So anyhoo…day 2 was a rehearsal of the first four songs we are to record. Here are the working titles:

Canaries in the Coalmine

The Forest (The Devil is in the Dirt)

Sharks of the Atomic Atoll

Hang’d in the Street

I’ve just noticed the large amount of ‘in the’ and ‘of the’ within those titles. Hmmmm….

Day 2 also comprised of a photo shoot with the exceptional talents of Mr Aaron Bennett. This fellow is absolutely awesome and really understands where the band is coming from and how to shoot us (I’m sure he really would like to shoot us occasionally as the schoolboy giggling and general japery must be grating to a professional of his calibre). His ideas really gel well with our music so I’m sure you won’t mind if we give him a little plug here: http://www.aaronbennettphotography.com/. Top stuff.

Next time. Drums. Ooooooh….

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