February 3rd, 2010

*STUDIO UPDATE | Where we stand (5/5 Blog)

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So it is Wednesday… yes we are supposed to be in the studio for another two days as well as today but we are not.  Unfortunately we had some issues that arose with our producer and evidently they were not able to be worked out.  This is a sad but exciting turn of events after the initial shock.  We arrived home this morning around 12:30 with a mix of emotions swirling around in our hearts.  To think of not using our producer anymore is really sad due to a relationship that we had built from the last EP and B-sides as well as Light Up.  As goes with any true relationships there are things that will not be fully agreed upon which I believe is not a bad thing, actually I think it is the complete opposite.  I think a true relationship should have disagreements and if there are none than maybe it is more of an acquaintance than a relationship.  Either way there were evidently irreconcilable issues that he had with us therefore leading him to withdraw from being our producer anymore.  So Day 3 resulted in losing our producer.

But when hard times come I think we have an opportunity to continue down a path that we did not know was there and see where it leads.  I, for one, am extremely excited about this.  We obviously are still a band, we still write music, we still play shows, and we’ll still record.  It will just be different than the last time, which can be a breeding place for creativity.  If there is one thing I love it’s creativity.  We are looking now for a new producer and we still plan on taking this band and doing great things.  I have no idea what the end of this path will be, but I do believe it is where we are supposed to be.  There is a push that needs to happen when you get too comfortable in the way you “always” do it, and a lot of times without this push you can end up with the same result as all the other times.  That is why I am excited.  This whole thing came as a “shock” that is pushing us out of our comfort zone.  ALWAYS a good thing!

I hope all of you are as excited as we are?  If you aren’t, then get excited!

Steven.

February 2nd, 2010

Revolutionary. (5/5 Blog)

It’s 2:48 in the morning and we have just wrapped up Day 1.  Honestly it did not go according to plan.  And since we’re being honest and I’m tired and feeling a little over dramatic, let me explain it like this.  The feeling here tonight (this morning) is revolutionary.  I came here with this whole idea of how it would pan out and I spent the whole day trying to get that only to realize the idea had been changed before we got here.  Everything is different.  It’s ironic to me that 12 inches of snow fell right before we were supposed to come here.  And that we had to physically dig ourselves out only to see that snow had also metaphorically fallen on this experience and now we have to dig ourselves out, again.  This is why you should never blog this late at night when you’re this tired.  Everything seems like a mess.  All the ducks that we had in a neat row are now smashed to bits.  But I’m one to believe that our (meaning all of humanity’s) days are not lived by chance but where ever we find yourself is where we are meant to be…for some reason.  This is a great adventure for me and I’m on the edge of my seat.  What ever it is has got my attention now.  This is the first time we have ever been here.  The plans are changing and not only are we fine with it but we are insistent on finding what we came here for, even though what we came here for is different then what we originally thought.  It’s hard to get accustomed to change at first but once you see that the change HAS happened you dig deeper.  Tomorrow is a new day.  There is music to be made.

Speaking of tomorrow we’ve got a 3 person film crew coming in to film us in the studio and put a documentary of it together.  It’s the same crew that shot our music video a couple weeks ago and they are also bringing a copy of the new music video!!

February 1st, 2010

Falling Skies – The Drive (DAY 1 of 5)

This is a sneak preview of a rough demo of the song “Falling Skies” (recorded on our video camera via tour van radio.)  This is the song we decided to start our 5 day adventure with.

January 31st, 2010

DIG OUR WAY OUT!! (5/5 Blog)

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Two days before we are supposed to leave for Atlanta and 12 inches of snow falls!  Can you believe that?  We’ve been snowed in for a day  and a half here in Asheville NC.  The temperature today is over 40% and it’s beginning to melt but the forecast for tonight is calling for 16% temperatures!  Of course it’s all going to freeze over again so we’re getting the van loaded with all our gear today and then tomorrow we’re going to play by ear.  We might be facing a 2 hr delay but we’ll get there!  The irony of when and how things happen in this life is unreal sometimes.  Now we have to dig our way out!  Here’s our tour van under snow…

January 29th, 2010

Talk Talk Talk. (5/5 Blog)

The hardest part of the recording process for an artist to go through is all the talking.  We write, sing and perform well but when it comes to breaking everything down to logistics it feels like a threat to our existence.  Unfortunately, in the modern age of music an artist has to be both creative and business minded as well, two minds that often are at war with each other because one mind is thinking about the bottom line while the other is searching for a voice no matter what the cost.  This is the part where we hold our breath until we actually start recording music and can breath again.  It’s just talk, talk, talk, right now.

Yesterday and today we have had two conference calls.  The first with Jamie Cerreta at Chrysalis Publishing Group (our publisher who is funding this project) and he pretty much dominated the discussion with zeal and excitement for what he hopes these next 5 days are going bring.  He’s crazy about all our new demo songs but had 3 in particular that he said we should put at the top of the pile as the best.  I could tell the song titles but you would only recognize Light Up Pt. 1 which he is flipping out about.  That’s the song that we have already partially recorded and have played a few times at our last few shows.  (You can see a live performance of this song below)  His excitement for this song made us especially excited because it has been one of our favorites too!  This being said, expect a 100% completed version of this song Light Up Pt. 1 in the very near future!

The second call was with Dan Hannon (our producer).  He was on that first call but in light of Jamie’s excitement only actually said about 3 sentences.  So we scheduled another call with just him to catch up on everything that Jamie had said on the first call.  Things are changing and will continue to change.  This is as much of an adventure for us as it is for you.  Needless to say we think we have a plan of attack for next week.  We have the songs picked out as well as the vision for the production style and dynamics of each.  It sounds like we have our ducks in a row but as creativity goes we will most likely knock all these ducks into a mess on Monday morning.  Our goal is to come out with something that’s not contrived or premeditated.  Something great that wasn’t just recorded to make money, although that would be nice.

The bottom line remains the same, we’re still taking this wherever it goes.  Come with us.