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.