It has been a wee bit since I updated this blog that I had resolved to update on regular basis, hasn’t it?
It’s August. So really it’s only three-and-a-half months since I last wrote a blog. That’s no time at all. Right?
Anyways… We’ve been busy. Not busy in a way that you would notice, but we’ve been labouring away in studios, both practise and recording, and we’re getting closer to finishing the sessions for our new record + other bits and bobs. I’ve been trying to write as much as possible. I want us to have as much material to choose from as possible. I think I’ve hit my stride at the moment. I wrote something on Thursday night and it was recorded on Friday. It just needs mixed. If I keep this up and Kate keeps writing too, we’ll have a triple LP ready by September. Except that we won’t really. This will not be our Sandinista!, alas. I’ve been fully applying myself, an’ aw. I’ve not had a drink for 43 days. Three weddings and an all-day gig (drinking session) in June left me feeling considerably older (and chubbier) than my 23 years*. I am a focussed, sober, songwriting machine. Unfortunately, they’re not all good. BUT SOME ARE. Real good.
The studio time that we’ve had since last I wrote a blog has left us with seven songs pretty much ‘in the can’. Is there a modern version of that phrase? ‘In the Dropbox’?** We’ll be recording a number of new songs in the middle of this month and then we should hopefully have a better idea of a timescale for mixing and release.
We’ve started to rehearse the new songs for playing them live and it’s making them seem like tangible things. They have grown from the idea and skeletal structure that we demoed, into having lyrics, layers, textures and, rather importantly, endings. There have been sprawling songs that have needed a wee trim to bring them back under the self-indulgent threshold (and six-minute mark). There have been songs jettisoned because they are downright boring or mince. We’ve recorded whole songs and then got rid of the entire instrumentation and started from scratch, with only the chords and the vocal line remaining. We’re trying not to repeat ourselves. We’re trying not to repeat ourselves.
Michael has been a huge help since joining us, not only in fleshing out our sound, but in advising us how to perform our new material in a live setting. It’s a wee bit more technologically complicated in places than our previous stuff. Actually, it’s pretty much just Michael on his own, triggering backing tracks that culminate to form a number of throbbing techno soundscapes, while the rest of us stand there trying to look busy***. We heard the 90s were ‘back’.
What I’m saying is: don’t worry, we’ve honestly not been idly soaking up this Summer weather.
This Saturday 8 August we’ll be playing at Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fringe in Penicuik Town Hall. Sus from Tuff Love will be filling in Rose’s bass and vocal duties.
We will be onstage at 3.15pm, so get down there early and dinnae miss us.
There are handful of tickets left here.
This Sunday 9 August we’ll be playing at Mugstock in Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie. Rose will be fulfilling her own bass and vocal duties.
We will be on the Main Stage at 5.30pm.
There are some tickets left here.
We’ll be back soon with some more gig announcements and album rambles.
See yous soon
tl;dr We’ve recorded even more stuff. Come and see us at Howlin’ Fringe in Penicuik on Sat 8 August and/or at Mugstock on Sun 9 August.
**Other file-sharing platforms are available. I think.
***This is not the case.