It’s been 2 years already?
A funny thing happened on the way to our 2 year anniversary. I didn’t realize we had reached that milestone until I started working on the post for the Will’s Pub 19th anniversary celebration going down the whole month of September. That schedule of events is out of hand and I strongly recommend getting your body to the venue and enjoying the festivities as much as possible. Get the details here.
This thing we do started in August 2012. Patrick and I started jamming, recording, writing, and arranging original material from the jump after deciding to do this project. Trying to find something unique and challenging artistically wasn’t very hard as a duo writing original material. Ideas and demos had been piling up for a while. We developed a process to go through the surplus and pick out stuff that we wanted to turn into a more defined compositions.
Some pieces made it through the process in one piece as originally created like Church Perot. Other pieces were rearranged and developed into something completely different that ended up being more interesting than the original idea like Eazy Stew. We would mess around during rehearsals and out of nowhere write something new on the spot that would over time become another piece of original material. Khaki Black, Keep It Tight, and Moving Manhattan came out of playing in the rehearsal space and putting ideas together as the tracks matured. The process to write, refine, and ultimately preform the original material we created is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of this project for me.
After writing a bunch of tunes it was time to think about recording to release them. How should we record? Where should we record? How should we approach the mixing and mastering process? What DAW software should we use? How are we going to release the record once it is done? Deciding how to do what you have decided to do can be the ultimate challenge for your patience. We started recording material to release about a year ago and have had to contend with busy schedules and logistics. The upside is that we’ve been able to advance the ball and the material is currently being mixed as I type this. Since getting the music out is kind of the point, once the material is ready we will make it readily available for you. Hopefully we’ll be able to run the gauntlet and release some goodies this year.
We’re already planning to do some cool stuff in year three. Our hope is to play more and in places we haven’t been in addition to getting more music out there for people to check out and enjoy. Since you never know what the future holds, when you get a little wiser you really start to appreciate the opportunities to do the things you’re passionate about because you never know when circumstances will change and throw all your plans out the window. Kids, jobs, relationships, and the day to day all impact how much time and energy you have to pursue the things that are important to you. I’ve found those things to be unbelievably inspirational when creating new material despite the chaotic nature and random challenges they can put in front of you that make you want to scream sometimes. Somehow the disc just keeps spinning and a way to take the next step to progress presents itself.
Being in this project has been a lot of fun. I love making and listening to music more now than I did when I started playing instruments so many years ago and had no idea what the Meters or McCoy Tyner had contributed to the rich history of music. That is in no small part due to the ability to create in a very open situation where trying any and everything is the process to create something interesting built upon a substantive groove while drawing on all of our influences.
To appreciate the past, enjoy the present, and look toward the future, we’ll be performing at a new local concert series that happens Thursday nights at the Brink Orlando downtown on September 18th. This Collective Culture event is as diverse as one would imagine by the name. We’ll be sharing the night with Carly Jo Jackson and the Honeyslides about which I’m very excited since I’ve heard nothing but great things about both of these acts and look forward to checking them out. If that wasn’t enough there will be live art created on site by Paul Columbus and Jenny Friedland during the show. The doors open at 8pm and every indication points to a really great evening. For limited time while supplies last you can email us at meiuuswe@gmail or message us on our Facebook page to get a pre-sale ticket, a t-shirt and a sticker for $6. Yes you read that right $6.
Finally we thank you very much for checking out our site, clicking the like button on our Facebook page, following @meiuuswe on twitter, or coming out to one of our gigs in the flesh. We appreciate that you spend some of your precious time with us and look forward to hanging out with you and playing for you in the very near future.