Listening to the playback from the demo sessions. The process has been really satisfying to refine ideas that started as random jammage into tight arrangements. Play, record, listen, discuss, then repeat. Raising the bar to get great takes of original music is a fun challenge. I kept thinking about that Dave Grhol quote about getting in a room with your buds and jamming out until you get where you want to be musically while we worked over the last two days. It was hard but anything worth doing always is. We had to focus to get cuts we both were happy with but in the end we got it done and the prep is almost complete before we hit the road to the studio later this month.
Our buddy Rhen from West End posted a video from our gig there back in June. I chuckled at the coincidence because the video was for our tune “Keep It Tight”, which we arranged yesterday for our trip to the studio later this month. The session yielded final arrangements for two cuts that will be on the record and we’re going back to work today in the box to lock in the final arrangements for some more material for the album.
The process has been really cool and challenging at the same time musically. Taking improvised skeletal ideas and formatting a version that still has a place for new things to occur has me on the edge of my seat. I’m really excited and love to play a little more each time Patrick and I get together. When all the dust settles figuring out the order of the tunes and what to call the collection will be the next task.
In the meantime check out the video for “Keep It Tight” http://youtu.be/YLTSxR48mFo recorded at the West End. We appreciate all that Rhen and his team do for live local music. Check out his Facebook page to get the lowdown on what’s going down and catch some of the great local talent out there. We’ll see you on the 22nd at Will’s Pub for our next gig. Until then…
“What’s been happening?” The answer is “A lot of good things and progression!”
For the past couple of months we have been working away at “The Hot Box” cooking up an idea for a record. Over these past couple of months “The Hot Box” has relocated, but it’s still managing to inspire new ideas and new directions on some old ideas. The results have been some of the most rewarding so far.We are starting to really get into a groove (no pun intended) with a clear vision of what this project is. We have both identified our strengths and weaknesses and it’s been a pretty fantastic check and balance.
The results have us excited to throw down 8-10 tracks in the studio in the middle of August. We’re focused on getting things semi-arranged in order to deliver a solid and precise chunk of funk for your listening pleasure (and ours too). So, we anticipate having something on wax (or disc or tape or all three) in the next few months!
We also are excited about playing at Will’s on August 22nd with the fabulous Wolley Bushmen, the Ton Tons, and Neon Nightclub. THAT will be a great show and we’ll have some new tricks up our sleeves…
We’re also going to be apart of some great festivals in Jacksonville and locally in the next few months. Stay tuned…..