Day 2 status report:

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.

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Kill, Kill, Beer, Whisky

HMD (38)“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.

Influences

Photo on 2013-12-08 at 15.56We’re writing the fourth album.  Writing, learning, recording this time – slower, different results.  Each album is a chance to do something different (well, the same but different).  Originally this was going to be ‘the synthpop album’, so we’ve ended up a bit heavier this time instead – because we wrote the first song (How To Breathe) on synths and had to tune the guitars to drop D to play it.  Since then Simon has managed to stay in drop D for all five new songs.  I’ve slipped back in to standard tuning for Half-Life.  The influences have changed a little too.  I know that I’ve been thinking of Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine, Low, Chris Isaak, New Model Army, Nine Inch Nails (can you tell how old I am?), an some of the little Sunn O))) that I’m familiar with.  Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rush, Yes, and Hawkwind have all been mentioned in the room too.

It’s going well.  We have the two songs already mentioned, then So Far From Me, Lover Best Forgotten, and as of today Knock Me Down.  We’ll let you know when you can hear them.

Where’ve we been?

Busy writing and recording, that’s where.  The next album is getting surprisingly close.  We have these songs and are mainly waiting for the polishing phase now:

  • Clementine
  • Corrupted Tranquility
  • Deep Within The Sea It Sleeps
  • Electric Eels
  • Fractions Of A Fish
  • Seahorse With No Name
  • Snow Bones
  • The Noise
  • The Oyster
  • Village Of Dolls

I think we cover rock, prog, hardcore, funk, post-punk, electronica and western with this lot.

Will try and keep you updated…

Flesh Reunion released

Friday 13th of February, 2015. Flesh Reunion is released.

Flesh Reunion album coverI’ve been looking to the future (well, getting ready for tomorrow – we’re writing the next album).  And nearly missed the fact that Flesh Reunion is out now!  (I already have a copy you see).

It’s on iTunes (UK, US) and Amazon (UK, US).

You’ll get 13 raw and powerful rock and roll tracks with subjects ranging from death, to the number 13, to sleeplessness, to rioting, to wolves, to inanimate objects, even as far as love, and icepicks, and death again.

 

Uplifting.

You should buy it.  It’s only £2.49 on iTunes!

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Flesh Reunion album coverIt’s Wednesday the 11th today, which means that Tomorrow’s Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.  What do we do on Friday the 13th?  Well, if we’re HowManyDevils we tend to release an album.  Sadly we can’t manage one for every Friday the 13th, but we have got one coming this time.  That would be Flesh Reunion.  All new material this time (none of that 13ep here’s a song we didn’t record 13 years ago stuff), 13 tracks of the grumbly dark rock you should now expect from us.  It’ll be on iTunes (UK, US) and Amazon (UK, US), maybe other places…  And it’s cheap!

Meanwhile, we’re off on our next project.

(psst, free downloads on http://www.howmanydevils.com/fleshreunion – but if you buy it that would be great)

 

Village of Dolls

I, Stumpy Boxhead, returned to my original, machine form today – and HowManyDevils started work on a new song: Village of Dolls.  Pete had some music, and we built on that.  Simon wrote some lyrics after reading an a newspaper article about a Japanese village where the dwindling population are being replaced with dolls by one of the residents.  Rob made some feedbacky noises with a guitar and a fretless bass. It got a bit noisy.

The song is still a work in progress, but you can hear bits of it in todays Vlog.