The new album is recorded, criticised minutely and mastered. The cover design is taking shape and we have nearly managed to agree on the order of tracks (only nearly, mind!). We’re looking into replication and physical and online retail options.
All very exciting, but we are slightly “on hold” at the moment because, in a rerun of what happened in the run-up to releasing “Time Out Of Mind”, two of the band have been stricken with illness. Once again, Sue is Last Man Standing. However, this does give us the breathing space to plan a proper strategy for releasing our magnum opus! Keep watching this space!
Well, the first (and, in some cases, second) mixes of the album are complete and we’re listening carefully to everything to see what needs doing. However, while you’re waiting, there are opportunities to hear us in person. The first is at Folk at the Boat, at the Steamboat, Ipswich, on Saturday 11th June. Les Barker and Waxies Dargle are the headliners – full details here – and we’re on at 7 pm. Tickets are Â£10.00 and we can promise you a fantastic day of music.
â€œIf you’ve done 6 impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe?â€
In a feat of concentration which led to the kitchen at Punch Studios being renamed Milliways (it’s a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference) we managed to lay down six tracks for the new album between 10 am and lunchtime – we’d already had breakfast. It will get harder from here on in, but we are really pleased with the progress we’ve made. We’re back at the studio tomorrow, then we get a month to put in some intensive rehearsal on the most recent songs and arrangements before they get recorded.
It’s tomorrow! All this weekend we will be in the studio, cracking on with the album! We’re excited, scared and everything in between. Wish us luck!
Well, that was Christmas … hope you all had a fine one!
Our diaries are rapidly filling with rehearsal, more rehearsal and (for variety) yet more rehearsal. We’ve even got a tentative date for recording, on the grounds that a deadline will keep our noses more firmly to the grindstone. Real Life, of course, keeps trying to intrude, but we are hanging in there and sternly rejecting its blandishments.
If you are interested, we will be recording at Punch Studios in the heart of lovely Ipswich – look ’em up!
Well, we’ve had a brief taster session in the studio with our new sound engineer and we’ve all decided that we like each other and the studio enough to go ahead with the album. We’ve ironed out (or made plans to iron out) a few of the practical problems which made themselves known … like the fact that Sue spits out consonants as if she was trying to get rid of them, and the fact that, whatever we do, a single music stand will never do for all three of us if we are actually looking at the music on it. And slippers and beer are studio essentials!
Lots of rehearsal now!
All the photographs are on pages and both Time Out Of Mind and Felixstowe Nativity are on Bandcamp. I don’t think I have the patience to upload Journeys yet, I need a break, particularly as the nightmare that is the PRS site calls.
It looks as though it will be possible to do our next album as a “live” recording in the space we want to do it. Lovely stuff! Now, about some rehearsals …