Good evening. It’s about time I told you where to listen to us again. Tonight it’s Spotify:
Exciting things have happened in my life and I’m a bit lax doing other things at the moment, but I’ve got 5 minutes spare so I’m going to share our latest band product with you. It’s D4, our latest EP/album of many/no names. You can get it for streaming or download in several places, the major ones being:
Go give it a listen.
And watch this space as something else will happen soon…
Don’t worry, I’m not really hurting inside. It’s just a lyric from Tortured Soul, the latest and last song to be recorded for our Heavy Mind Owls project. We recorded it last night – still need to mix it though, so you don’t get to hear it just yet. I have spotted that we’ve all been a bit lax though. We recorded Pretty Sun and didn’t shout enough about it. It’s also a song for Heavy Mind Owls and it’s on SoundCloud
Evening. We’ve been recording today. Not the EP – we will get around to that though – this was the procrastination project, which I named ‘Heavy Mind Owls’ without telling anyone else. It’s the Complete for Pete project, where we record some songs that Pete noticed we hadn’t got proper recordings of. Today we did ‘Freaks R Us’ and got it more or less instantly (a first for us) to SoundCloud. Have a listen here:
We’re either halfway through recording the next album, or 90% of the way through doing an EP. Probably an EP. It needs a name, it’s the fourth thing we’ve done in the current incarnation of the band – and almost all of it is played in drop-D, so we were playing around with names the were to do with the letter D or number 4 (with the added coincidence of D being the fourth letter of the alphabet). Even without a name for the EP we got thinking about cover art, and with D being delta in Greek we got on to trying to use triangles (yes, we’re getting abstract). Then we looked through for symbols that were triangular and ended up looking at old Alchemical symbols. So, stealing the idea from Led Zeppelin 4 (four again!) we chose a symbol each. Tonight, those symbol entered the glorious world of merchandise – meaning I put them on some T-shirts.
You might have to wait a little while for the music, but you can buy things to wear here: http://www.redbubble.com/shop/hmd+mens-graphic-t-shirts?cat_context=u-tees&accordion=product
Here we are at the mixing stage. All recording done. Little bits and overdubs added. Started the day with me adding other guitar tracks. Rob then added some guitar and percussion parts with Pete. Pete has been mostly ears today helping steer the good ship HMD. By the end of today we should have a product. Something for us to promote some how.
Well, day one is over and done with and it was brilliant! I couldn’t have imagined how easy and enjoyable today could have been! Rob the engineer is an amazingly approachable chap with so much in common with ourselves we couldn’t have chosen a better guy to record our little songs! We managed to get the five tracks down, a run of overdubs done and the vocal tracks down. All the vocals are first time takes. We listened through to the tracks and I think they are sounding very good indeed. (all the practice certainly paid off). Tomorrow will be adding good anything else we need to the tracks and final mix. Can’t wait to hear the final results!
“Kill, Kill, Beer, Whisky” may be the name or our next EP. It could easily be “Your Face Is A Compromise” too. Or something else, it’s just too soon to tell.
Kill, Kill, Beer, Whisky is my summation of Motorhead lyrics. Pete was saying he’d been listening to them recently and the lyrics were actually deeper than you’d expect. ( And any opportunity for facetiousness will be taken, but I won’t detail the Record Breakers theme tune that followed here ). Your Face Is A Compromise is one of Simon’s lyrics that will actually be on the EP, giving it a little more chance of making it. It’ll be a little time before it’s done yet and I’m sure another name will come along. We know we have five songs for the EP now: How To Breathe, So Far From Me, Half-Life, Lover Best Forgotten, and Knock Me Down. And we intend to go professional for the recording. Step up a level from this DIY malarky. For now, watch this space.
We have T-shirts. They’re on RedBubble, and are of each of our excellent album covers. If you like our music, you should get one and let the world know you like our music! If you just want a t-shirt by the most obscure, unheard of, band that will make you look cool just for knowing about them… we’re that band. Buy a t-shirt. Then buy the album. 🙂
We are very, very close to (i.e. months of tweaking mixes away from) releasing Space Cowboys Under The Sea Of Japan. Our third full length album. I thought I take a look back at the first (which is streamable on SoundCloud), HowManyDevils1 or as it was known at the time HowManyDevils. The obvious thing that has changed in the nearly 20 years that have passed is that we’ve got more imaginative with the album titles. We’ve also lost a drummer, the career path has paralleled Spinal Tap in that respect. Technology has changed: in 1998 we recorded HowManyDevils1 in an old factory in Sheffield squeezing 6 tracks out of two four-track cassette machines, in 2014 we recorded Flesh Reunion with near unlimited digital tracks on a laptop.
Have we changed musically? I’m the not the right person to answer that, listen to Flesh Reunion on SoundCloud and tell us if we’ve changed! I’ll have to ask the others about their influences then and now. I know at the time the significant bands to me were Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, Placebo, and a little bit of Nine Inch Nails snuck in. Simon was probably listening to Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and Babes In Toyland. From a 90’s point of view I know Pete was in to Pearl Jam, but Pete always had broader tastes that just what was happening at the time.