Fight Songs

I’ve mentioned it in passing before, but here it is officially; recording for “Fight Songs,” my seventh solo record as Sally Ride and first since 2015, is well underway.

“Fight Songs” is the punk-, Motown-, and Elvis Costello-influenced follow-up to “Ventura” (“Valiance” being a kind of one-off).

The view for the next few weeks

My aim on “Fight Songs” is to absolutely nail the rhythmic feel of those influences, and the key to that is the bass. I’m using a James Jamerson-style rig, with the foam-deadened strings you can see above and a fully DI sound.

Customizations to the bass sound include:

  • Running the pickups in series for a bigger timbre
  • Using my Falcon Heavy prototype pedal for some clipping and saturation
  • Using my Wheeler Leveling Amplifier pedal
  • Using a transformer-based DI box with a wider pass band than Jamerson had available (I may end up high- and low-passing the signal a bit more in the mix)

I’m really happy with the timbre, have four songs down (out of 14, one of which will be a Cool Drugs song), and am working at a pace of a couple songs per week.

Writing bass parts has become one of my favorite things to do, musically. It utilizes all of my rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic sensibilities while not requiring me to step into the spotlight like a vocal or solo would. Mid-major solo artists and bands seeking ringer bassists, get at me! Cory and Drew can provide unbiased references!!

ORBITAL DEBRIS VOL. 1 | Asterales x Night Mode

We are so excited to share this music with you, and appreciate everyone who takes the time to listen and support it! We also understand that being able to invest time, effort, and focus into this creative pursuit during a raging pandemic and tumultuous political, environmental, and economic landscape is a privilege; one for which we are particularly grateful.

Though we’re not making an explicit statement with our instrumental electro music, we can make a statement by donating our proceeds to worthy causes and organizations: those educating and fighting for racial, social, economic, or environmental justice, COVID supplies and relief, GOTV efforts, bail funds, and local organizations committed to helping our communities.

Through Dec 1, 2020 all proceeds from “Orbital Debris Vol. 1” will be donated and we will hold ourselves accountable by providing receipts for all sales and donations. Once again we want to thank you for your time and support and hope you enjoy listening to the record as much as we enjoyed making it!

– Howie & Nate

“Orbital Debris Vol. 1” Listening Party

It’s a preview. It’s talking about music. It’s gear. It’s a deep dive. It’s an interview.

I don’t know how to explain it, but I’m excited to share it with you. Nate, KC engineer and artist Royce Diamond, and I listened to the record together and recorded our conversation.

Come for the jams, stay for the hang, and let us know what you think because we feel like we could do some more of these.