Right now as I’m writing this I’ve got my headphones on and I’m listening to our new music! It’s crazy what can change in such a short time. To think that these songs didn’t exist a month ago. The plan started out as a spontaneous “2 day 2 song” experiment. We got the phone call one day and the next day we were setting up our rehearsal space into a makeshift studio with producer Nicolas Balachandran. Those 2 days turned into a full week, which turned into 2 weeks and then 3. Each additional week was planned on the last day of the previous. A hurricane of creativity and 15 brand new songs later we come to the realization that all the talking and planning and preconceiving of what our songs should and shouldn’t sound like was choking out our creativity. They call this writers block when a creative person gets stuck over-thinking everything. We had two choices, keep writing the same song over and over 15 times or write 15 new songs. This time we moved on. The past is past. We just started writing with no idea of where it would go. Prepare yourself!
The Enemy Lovers began by somewhat of an accident and now it becomes a trend with us. This new music was made by accident and now we’re on to something. We’ll be introducing some of the new music here and there at our shows and we hope to finish up the project very soon.
Thanks for listening over and over to what little music we have released thus far!
This is a graffiti track made by The Enemy Lovers. It’s a sneak peak into their brand new music. It contains short segments of all 15 songs they have made in the past 3 weeks. Welcome to the beginning of a completed full length album.
Who is Nicolas Balachandran? Musician, writer and producer. He has peaked the interest of big players in the industry with his recent writing/production of the new band “Paper Tongues”. Funny thing is I had done some recording with Nicolas about 3 years ago way before The Enemy Lovers even existed. I was just a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar. He put me on this path way back then only to join me again here with Steven as The Enemy Lovers.
In a whirlwind two days of filming we managed to record way more footage than we could ever use in a three and a half minute song. There were so many magical shots. So many accidentally amazing moments, but not enough time in the song for them. I can’t even imagine what it was like in the editing room trying to decide which to keep and which to cut. Because we had so much great footage, we decided to make a b-roll that would compile all the shots that we couldn’t live without, along with some that would show the behind-the-scenes vibe. This is a kind of “b-sides” for the video. It turned out beautifully epic thanks to Taylor Hide (editor) and a song by Animal Collective called ‘My Girls’. Check them out.
If you were an extra in our video THANK YOU VERY MUCH! and watch closely for some great shots of you doing an amazing job of staging a live show in an abandoned warehouse with us! Leave your comments and tell everyone that you were in our video.
So we have been working on writing new songs and rewriting some semi new songs for a while now, and I know we have been saying we were going to get new music recorded, and we will, but we have been working through all the curve balls that we have been thrown. It has definitely been a ride and we are hanging on for what seems like dear life but we are still writing. In music I am finding that it is more about perseverance than most other things. Now obviously you have to have good songs and good hooks, and although it seems very easy it can be somewhat difficult. A lot of bands will actually go into the studio with up to forty songs to pick out twelve. Perseverance! So with all the delays and the curve balls we have been thrown we are finding that it is easier to quit but most definitely not fulfilling. Usually Tim and I will meet during the day and spend several hours writing together and sometimes it is less when things on the schedule come up but mostly we are trying to create a habit. I wrote a blog post not to long ago about writing being a muscle and how you have to work it to get better. That being said you also have to create a habit. Tim and I have been more inspiration writers, at least I have been. What I mean by inspiration writing is waiting to write until you feel inspiration instead of creating the habit and then creating inspiration for it. I have tried this method for a very short time but I was very discouraged so I went back to waiting. I still love those times when I get that inspiration that births some new song but I am trying to learn to love all the in between as well. You see, for every great song that has been written there is a list of songs that may never go anywhere. I am sure even the Beatles had a massive list of songs that never saw the light of day and the truth about that is is that it is perfectly normal. But what I haven’t had and what the Beatles did have is an arsenal of ideas to choose from whenever they needed a bridge, or a chorus, or a riff. That comes from the perseverance of creating a habit of writing and the love of music.
We are not planning on jumping ship and we are in this for the long haul so the more ideas the merrier! We are still planning on working with our new producer Mike Daly who via email has been helping us out with ideas and helping us become better writers which, let’s face it, is awesome! Who wouldn’t want to get better at their craft? It has been a little slower than normal with Downtown Alive in Greenville and the “Coming Down” Music Video World Premier on May 13. Not to mention I am sure you have noticed some changes in our online presence, which we owe a debt of gratitude to Kiesha Jean and to Babe E. Baker who have helped us learn how to use the Internet, seriously! We knew a lot of stuff but we are learning so much and as you can see it is paying off. So we have been hitting that hard core as well. When everything is said and done though Tim and I are still writing. Creating that habit and hopefully before too long you all will be able to share in all our work when you hear it. I am super excited about recording and getting the new music that you have been waiting for out to you. It is always a new day for us and for you.