UPDATE: As promised this was only up for a limited time, go listen to the next track!
Now that we’ve finished mixing and mastering the album, we can start sharing some of the music we’ve been working on for the last several months with you. We’ll be posting a new song every day, but it will only be up for a short time so listen to it quickly!
The first song we’re sharing is also the first song off the album. Listen to “The Circus” from our forthcoming album, “We Are Enablers.”
So we decided to put some more vocal harmonies into a couple of the songs, and since Adam can’t sing as low as we wanted the parts I was brought in to add a little baritone to the songs. You can tell that Adam is quite a bit shorter than I am, because I had to stand spread-eagle to actually get down to the mic.
Next up after my parts were the “gang” vocals, where we had Dan and Rob from Uptown Recording sing with us too. They were totally awesome. We finished up with some gang percussion too, with us playing 4 different tracks with a different percussion instrument each. The next series of photos is from us picking out our instruments, the “gang” tracks, and then some other randomness from the night. Enjoy.
We’re completely done with our vocal tracks now, and for the rest of the night Jason will be rocking it out on some auxiliary percussion. Things are really coming together, and I’m really, really excite for how things are going to turn out!
We’re wrapping up Adam’s vocals on “Kind Eyes,” so here’s a quick preview of the chorus. This is a very rough cut right now and we’ll be mixing the album in the next few weeks, so the sound of this will most likely change quite a bit coming up.
And here’s Adam.
Hangin out in his little isolation booth. Like a boss.
It’s been a while since our last post! After our show on the 27th, I spent most of Memorial Day weekend hiding in my beat lab re-learning my scales on keyboard and writing parts for the horn section we were bringing in to the studio. Because these (very talented) horn players had never heard our music before, let alone the parts I had written for them in my head, I had to actually write out the sheet music, you know like an actual composer. Needless to say, I had a few hiccups along the way. Luckily our horn players were fantastic musicians and able to overcome my notation/transcription errors and lay down their takes like a boss. We were lucky to have Brian Dema on saxophone, Saif Choudhury on trumpet and Eric Miller on trombone. All three are killer musicians. Here’s a picture of them at work:
We put them all in the same room to create a “live” sound by allowing the sound from one musician to bleed into the other’s mic. Obviously you have to have pretty talented musicians to do this, since all three of them had to nail the same take. Jason got pretty into it, here’s his reaction to what was going on:
When you take any individual part of a song out of context it can sound pretty simple, silly, or otherwise odd on it’s own. For the horn section, we usually had 2 or 3 parts for each instrument and would record each on a separate take to create chords. Here’s one horn line all by it’s lonesome self. Of course, the musicians hear everything else in their headphones.
We finished off the night be capturing the rest of Trevor’s back-up vocals and then saw Trevor off as he’ll be traveling on the East coast most of June and July. We’re almost done with tracking. All we have left are some lead vocal tracks, some auxiliary percussion, and some violin tracks which will be recorded by Erik Kang from Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. We’re taking a few days off while Dan takes a much deserved vacation and we’ll jump right back in upon his return.
We’re kickin it in the studio again tonight, spending some more time tracking Adam’s guitars. We’re layering more and more guitar sounds into the songs, and they’re really filling out and sounding awesome. After we finish up with the guitars, it’s on to vocals and then finishing up with whatever other sounds we want to add in that we can’t play live. We’ve got some friends coming into the studio with us next week to record some horn parts, and then a few weeks after that we’re doing something really exciting. We’ll be heading over to Indiana to have Erik Kang from Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s record some violin parts for us!
Here’s what’s happenin tonight – Trevor getting some work done on the computer while Adam records the guitar parts.
On an unrelated note, I want to say that I’m astonished that literally a third of the hits to our website are still coming from people searching for Rebecca Black. Really? Apparently the post I made analyzing her lyrics is going to be the defining moment in my blogging career. I should just quit now.
We’ve got a few days off from the studio to rest and recuperate. Doing such we’ve been a little lazy with our posts. We’re getting very close to finishing tracking. We’ve got just a few guitar tracks, a few tracks from our horn section, a few auxiliary percussion track, and some vocals tracks left before we’re finished. As with any project, as we get closer, the devil’s in the details of hitting all the little notes, lesser riffs and accents that will ultimately make or break the album.
And, amidst all this album recording business, we’ve got a show coming up this Friday at Goose Island in Wrigleyville. So tonight we’ve got a practice to polish our live show in preparation for seeing all of you on Friday! It looks like we didn’t think ahead and left our instruments at the studio (oops) so we will be going by there tonight after all.
For your viewing pleasure I’ll leave you with this video of Trevor warming up on the Hammond before recording last Friday.
Hey kids, Paul here. For whatever reason we’ve decided to schedule every day in the studio the same days the Bulls are playing, but whatever, I ain’t mad.
Anyways, seeing as how Jason and I are done recording our tracks, our job is now to have beers and blog. Can’t really complain. Adam is working on acoustic guitar tracks right now, and really bringing it home. While the rest of us are in the other room making fun of him. It works out nicely. Here’s Adam recording, with a hat on so you can’t see his bald spot.
We also have Trevor coming in later tonight after his class, so hopefully we’ll get some video of him playing the Hammond Organ. The recording studio just got a new amp for it, and it sounds BEAUTIFUL. You wouldn’t know it though, since the only video we have of someone playing it right now is Adam. Playing the Imperial March. Which seems to be the only thing he knows how to play….
And yes, that’s our sound engineer Dan asking us, “Hey dudes, you wanna come smell this?”
Here’s another video from the studio for you all to check out. Here’s a quick clip of Adam working on the guitar solo for our song “Spacecaveman,” which will probably end up being our most rockinest tune, I’m really excited to hear how it all comes together.
We’ll be posting some more updates later today- Trevor will start recording with a Hammond organ, which everyone in the studio is definitely looking forward to.
Words cannot express how thankful we are to have friends, family and fans like you. With another 4 days left before our project officially closes, you helped us reach 100% of our goal! THANK YOU!!! We’re hoping to give each of you who contributed a special thank you, what exactly that will be is still a surprise (mostly because we haven’t decided what it will be yet). Also a HUGE thank you to Kickstarter for making this all possible, definitely check out the site for other awesome projects that you can back.
And if you haven’t contributed yet, there’s still time! We can definitely use the money to make the album even better, and you’re guaranteed to get some awesome rewards as a thank-you.