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.
World In Flames, A Different Breed, Icepick Lunatic. These are the HowManyDevils songs that got some more drums today. Who played drums? Me. Whose fault is it? Mine. I’m not a drummer… There’s a tom fill that I can do pretty well now, and I’m pretty close to being in time. Not really selling you on it there though am I? Intensive editing will happen and you’ll think the drums were played by a professional. We have got a much tighter drum sound out of this session though. How? By covering the drums with plushy dog toys.
I’m not sure if that’s strictly true, a band marches on its drummers stomach. In fact it sounds painful, especially since it may be me that is the drummer today – or it might be Simon. Either way, today is another drum track laying day. If it is me drumming I expect to expend a lot of energy, so I want a lot of food. So I’ve just made sandwiches: Ham & Mustard on Sourdough. I can’t remember if we’d declared sandwiches as Rock n Roll or not, but I’m sure Simon will let me know in a few minutes.
Pete will be engineering today, and I don’t expect we’ll play much guitar or bass but I’m taking ‘Little Brian’ just in case.
Ok, bass week, it sounds like it belongs on the X-Factor. At least we gave it reasonable separation from drum week.
Pete did all the hard work, we just observed (and pressed buttons). And for added studio Rock ‘n ‘ Rollness we did most of the session putting the bass through a Marshall pre-amp stage before Pete’s favoured Hartke rig.
Christmas break now, except for all the in-the-box editing and submixing, then it’s back for a couple if weeks of guitars.
Last week got postponed, to this week. We laid down some particularly shoddy drums (me), and some decent vocals (Simon). Digital editing technology will be our friend. Stumpy Boxhead himself joined us in the studio for a few of the tracks. Pete videod lots of soft toys. Jessie the dog lost her blanket (temporarily). Rob defined exactly what was and what wasn’t Rock and Roll. Simon drank lots of water. Things are really taking shape now. Next week we should (adding to the list of what is Rock and Roll) be recording some guitars again.
It’s all coming together.
The HowManyDevils Flesh Reunion recording sessions are happening so fast I can’t keep up with blogging about them. Two weeks ago we finnished putting down the basic live takes for the album. Last week Simon laid down drums tracks for everything. I (Rob) also put drums on a few songs, but I get to do the rest next week. I need more practice too.
Once the drums are done we’ll be re-recording the vocals. Then… we may have something to release.
I am listening to Thirteen. It’s the thirteenth and last song to be written for Flesh Reunion. And a seemingly recurring theme with HowManyDevils, having already done the 13EP. It’s a bit more post-punk and a little less rock than we usually do. We also re-wrote Flesh Reunion the song today. We want it to be right, and now it is.
We have thirteen songs now, and we’re ready to go in to the studio. So next week we go in to the studio. The studio is of course the same room as we’re writing in, but we’ll be recording on something better than mobile phones.
These are the songs for Flesh Reunion:
World In Flames
Set Him Free
A Different Breed
Through These Eyes
The Lit Match
We have been a little thin on the ground with content, other than my summing up of things, during this writing phase. To make up for this, here’s a picture of today’s lunch and some guitars. We are pretty rock n roll as you can see by the All Day Breakfast in a can. …and the dark Bounty. \m/