November – Bass Reamping, Synths…? Oh yeah, we totally re-recorded a song/ Putting loads of things that have nothing to do with ships on the ship, then burning the ship.
So far this month we’ve ran the recorded bass tracks through really distorted amps to get a huge sound, I’ve put little atmospheric synth type stuff on various songs, and re-worked one song that probably wasn’t going to make the album. Now it might.
And we totally re-recorded one song because it just didn’t have the spark it needed. I’d spent hours working on it, then listened to a rough demo we did back in the summer. The demo was more fun to listen to so somewhere along the line we fucked up. Luckily we have a STUDIO WHICH ISN’T JUST A GLORIFIED PRACTICE ROOM ™ so we’ve recorded it again, and now it makes me all tingly thinking about it. Sometimes the best thing about our band is how long we can spend on something then still be willing to say it’s totally shit and start again. In that respect, we don’t really have big egos.
Next, Whitty’s going to try to beat the Best of the Best ™ vocal comps from September. Then as each song is signed off by the band, I can start mixing and we can get to the important business of arguing about tracklists etc.
October – Guitar and backing vocal recording/ Building the rest of the ship
Guitar recording mostly involves me spending all my spare time in THE STUDIO WHICH ISN’T JUST A GLORIFIED PRACTICE ROOM ™ and getting on with it. Amps are set up, miked, things get loud, feedback abounds. This is the bit where I can really let loose and try lots of different ideas to try to push myself and the songs further.
I’ve got four amps to choose from which is a nice change from the last album where I only really had my AC30. In the first session I use a different amp for every part, layer multiple amps and generally try to use every tool at my disposal. It sounds like total shit, I have no idea what I’m doing. So I put two of the amps away and stick to just a pair – My AC30 because she’s my baby and I love her, and another amp that does awesome heavier sounds. Now I’m not confusing myself, things go much smoother. Still, it takes a fortnight to get all the guitars for 15 songs down then I end up re-doing a few afterwards. It’s just the way I work. I like to do the best job of those ideas I have, then I judge them. If they’re shit I’ll go back to the drawing board, but I don’t want to judge the ideas before I’ve recorded them or I might stop being excited about new things.
Eventually guitars are done, and me and Alex do backing vocals. Captain Horizon have lots of backing vocals, it takes a few sessions to get through them all.