Weekend-before-last, I packed up FuriousSound and took it to Shawnee, KS, to Matt’s house (Matt drums for 5*C). I started straight in on Sally Ride guitars that afternoon, using a different guitar pickup than usual and cranking out a nice, Midwestern, Tom Petty-sounding tone. For a few days I just went song to song, putting down whole takes and doubling a few parts.
As I got close to the end, my amp developed a nasty, breaking distortion sound that wasn’t intentional; I think after eight months of semi-abusing it with my synth, I’ve torn the speaker up a bit. Consequently, the planned album closer, “Goddamn,” was never recorded. Right now Cory and I are thinking we’ll work the b-side, “David S Addington & Your Democracy,” into the album track list and still have a full ten songs but no Furious Instance.
Vocals, beginning last weekend, have been about the same; line them up and knock them down. It took a couple sessions for me to kind of back off and remember how to sing properly in the studio. The past three days, I’ve gone over for a few hours and done 3-4 songs, whole takes, sometimes the first one. There are a few punch-ins with the vocals, but not many.
The whole album has a more 70’s feel than I expected, but I’ve tried to go with it. The programmed drums are really working I think, and that juxtaposed with the guitar tones and songs themselves will be pretty unique. When I work with a project for so long, I can forget how different it will end up sounding production-wise from most other pop/rock music.
Kibler and I are currently conniving on how to get his stuff down. It’s going to be pretty wild; stay tuned. -h
Here’s a bunch of new (to me) music I’ve been listening to;
From the internets:
Common Like Water For Chocolate
Sigur Ros Takk
Mos Def Black On Both Sides
Elliott Smith XO
The Cure Pornography
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
From Half Price Books – all from the >$3 rack except Songs of Faith and Devotion:
My Morning Jacket It Still Moves
The Lemonheads Come On Feel The Lemonheads
Soul Coughing El Oso
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion
Depeche Mode Ultra
Pete Yorn Musicforthemorningafter
At The Drive-In Relationship of Command
Matthew Sweet 100% Fun
Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
I basically knew what I was getting, so everything is pretty good. Depeche Mode, especially Songs…, has been incredible. I wasn’t indie enough in the 90’s to listen to Soul Coughing, so to me it sounds like really weird Mike Doughty b-sides (instead of his original band & sound, which it is). Common’s older record is a little dissapointing, but compared to Be anything is I guess.
On the other hand, Mos Def has been banging pretty hard in the car. Imagine that for a second.