3 beers down, a little tired but feeling good...let's get this 'dairy' started.
Here's a little personal account of my thoughts in regards to recording the new Enochian Theory record.
They aren't the 'official' band stance...but hell, nothing I write in any of my little diaries is an official band account...merely my own dribbling nonsense for y'all to sneer at...
We do have an album title...we are just saving it, as according to our official release plan.
(in other words, Shaun has forbid me from banding the title around...yet.
So, I start this diary at the end of day two of recording...the drums are currently down in all their resplendent glory.
We have decided to record with Mr Rob Aubrey at his home studios, just outside Southampton (about 25 miles from our hometown of Portsmouth) after meeting him during our support slot on the Spock's Beard tour in Sept 2010, as he was the FOH engineer for SB and ourselves.
We'd also heard Rob's studio work and in all honesty, we didn't want to record where we've been before because it was a bit of a nightmare and sonically, the studios we used lacked the necessary 'know-how' to create what we wanted...but hey...many factors attributed to that...budget, time constraints and us actually knowing people who could do a professional job...but our first album was what it was on the minuscule budget we had to create it.
So...this leads us to Rob (or, Mr A...as I kept calling him) and his Aubitt Studios.
Oh, by the way...if you're not aware of Rob's work, the Google his studio (Aubitt Studios) and check his 'client list'...he's worked with some top prog bummers!
We just knew he'd get a good sound, as this is his job and well, after the first day...we knew we made a good choice.
Sam's drums were the first to go down, as with most recordings.
Things were set up effectively and once everything was mic'd up on the kit...it just sounding great...without any E.Q or studio tinkering.
I think it's the first time I've truly
heard Sam's nice drum kit...so that filled me with optimism.
Sam had been practicing and felt mostly confident in the songs.
Now...this leads me to a little side track to explain something...so, bear with me.
The writing process of this new record was even more of a...how do I put it...ummm...'detachment', perhaps?
Yeah, that'll do...a 'detachment' from usual norm of writing.
With 'Evolution...', I wrote the music and we finalised it all as a band, spending time jamming together and ensuring everything I'd written was on the money...this time, I've written everything alone...and the guys have done their parts to my demos.
We rarely got together as a band and I guess I was just left to my own devices...or, as I like to look at it...the guys trust me enough to do my best and ensure things move along logically from record to record.
It's just how it came out...I guess I feel a little funny about it all in a way, not sure how I've distanced myself from my bandmates in this regards to writing...but I can say it's just how I work sometimes...or rather, how things turn out, perhaps?
I'm VERY creative and sometimes I just lose myself in my own world and off I go...new album done, wham bam, etc...
Sometimes I can write a few riffs and then it's put together...other times, the entire song from start to finish, including all instrumentation is done.
However...I do TRY
to let the guys do their own things...it's just sometimes, I write things specifically and that needs to be done for the things to work.
Thankfully, my bandmates are amazing and embrace my suggestions, as they know I've spent time working on things to make them interesting.
EIther way, the guys like the material and that's that.
Side-tracking mind babble over!
As of today, the drums are done.
Sam did a killer job and only had a little mental blip with the last song, which in all honesty, is deceptively complex in the timing signature department...but after direction and a little trial and error, got it done nicely.
I really pleased with his performance and you'll all see exactly what the boy can do, when it's all finally committed to CD.
Next up is Shaun's bass...then I get to do my guitars and vocals...which in all honesty, I am loathing the thought of.
It all sounds great in my head...but I hate the sound of my own voice and I can't play guitar...so...bleh!
I've got about 10 days to finish all my lyrics and vocals...better get on it, ay?
Thanks for reading and they'll be more nonsense soon.
Here's some photos below of the drum sessions...I'll be putting together a little video of the sessions in my own 'inimitable' fashion'...
Thankfully, they'll be an 'official' recording video done too, at some point before the record is done.
17 Aug 2011