Tuesday, December 22, 2009

We Are Done....I Think

The record is finished.

Well....not exactly. But there isn't anymore tracking/recording left to do. After last night, everything looked and appeared to be finished.

Tha D finished out his guitar solos for Gold Rush and then sat on the couch and drnak whiskey while I piled through one last attempted to save he vocals on Gold Rush. The gamble worked.

We listened and discussed most of the night. So far, everything is sounding really good. The Rice is trying his hardest to get everything mixed before he leaves for New Zealand on Jan 4th. His trip will delay the mastering of the record but what's another month??

We are looking at a February digital release on Itunes and a March/April release for the physical cd's.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

One More Day....Just One More, I promise, just one more

Today I turned on the 4-track and worked out a demo for a possible "INTRO" to the record. I would for it to be on the album, but being that time is squishier than ever, it may not happen. I honestly won't be disappointed either way. But here's to hoping.

I also started working on many many newer song ideas. I even went down the lyrical path a bit. I revisited some stuff that was in the process of becoming potential songs but never got anywhere. It's how just rewinding a tape to find something specific makes you stumble upon older stuff you completely forgot about. Being that school is out until mid January, and all i have to do is work, there may be a few new songs by the end of the Xmas break. This happens alot around this time of the year. i get bored, so I write. Imagine what will happen in May when I graduate and this current album is out. We have more material coming. Or atleast material for our ever evolving list of side projects that only exist in our minds. Made-Up Country album anyone?

I think we bought ourselves some time. Not sure about it yet. Tha D is finishing is his last song tomorrow. I might clean up for vocals. The problem I'm coming into is that the longer we take, the more I'm going to pick at my singing. After listening to "mixed" versions of 7 songs, I came to conclusion that no matter what, I won't be happy, so I should just get over it. I don't think I can song these songs any better or different. So i'm just going to re-do Gold Rush for the 5 millionth time and just walk away.

I would also like there to be more than just me singing. There are several areas in all the songs that could have a double, a oh, an ah, a woo-hoo, etc etc. Its weird just listening to one Kelly. It feels kareoke. Like some rapper rhyming to a track, and nothing else. This could also be a mix issue and the vocals are just too high in the mix....who knows....

Release date? Not sure....I'll get back to you on that.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Can't Hardly Wait

We are still awaiting the final finale of this record. We are waiting on Tha D. But I would much rather be waiting on him than Josh. It would be weird if the drums were not finished already.

Schedules have been the hurdle. Sure we have all the time in the world but our schedules have not been matching up and holidays don't help either. Tha D is getting antsy too. But the longer we wait, the better and more conifdent he is becoming, and his parts are blossoming even more than before. Sometimes time and thought can be a good thing. Just wait until you hear Let's Go To War. It's nothing like you've ever heard him do!

The mixing process allows us to be productive while being unproductive. Not sure where we are in that but Daniel Rice has been working pretty hard lately. I know he has 6 songs mixed. Not sure if anything else.

We are practicing tomorrow. More like a jam because Tha D is in the magical kingdom for the week. We all feel a bit sluggish because the practices and shows have been fewer than normal but as the history of this band has shown, the fall is just a bad time for ALL of us. So far we have two shows in January, and possibly two others coming down the pipeline. There are also two in the works for Feb. and another one for March. Hopefully one of these shows will be the record release show for the album. That all depends on time now. I have given up on a January release date and i'm looking more towards a February release. It wouldn't surprise me if we have to wait until March or April though. I graduate at the end of April, so that will be perfect timing. I just want this thing out so all these up coming shows won't be for nothing. I hate playing 12 songs that aren't available for the crowd to purchase. There is also alot of promo work to be done. We plan on sending this thing out for reviews and hopefully generate some hype. I've got an idea for a 3-4 song sampler of the album. Just something to ge the taste buds flowing. We are just too damn proud of this thing and its making us nuts!! Ever since I finished my vocals i've been pulling my hair out. I just can't wait for the world to hear this wonderful peice of work we have spent nearly a year working on.

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