Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been up to. I’ll liken each phase to building a ship, because that’s an analogy that surely won’t have to be stretched to fit into the beautifully convoluted recording process.
July August ’14 – Preproduction/ Dry dock
We have some songs. This is the vital bit. Recording sessions run much more smoothly when you actually have a song to record, this much should be obvious. But more important than that, sessions run more smoothly when you know what you want said song to sound like. The more decisions we can make now, the better the album is going to be. This can be pretty general (How long shall we play this bit for?) or very specific (If I’m going to use this amp for this part, should the bass be bright or thunderous to support it? Should we tune the drums high or low?). We play the songs in the practice room, we make decisions. Things are slightly rushed due to our oncoming tour of the north with Diatesseron, so I feel a little bit of pressure.
The work gets done though. By the end of August we’ve got 16 songs ready to go – I have much fun recording guide guitar tracks at home, and thanks to the door of my little study not closing properly at least two of the songs feature cat noises. Underrated, IMO. And probably the first recorded sound that’ll actually be heard on the final album.
I’m pleased we’ve got 16 songs at this point. At the start of the year it felt like we had about 5 that weren’t dreadful. Then it went up to more than 20 that the band was tossing around (plus a few more that I demoed but didn’t feel right for CH). Now we’ve whittled it down a little to the ones that seem to make most sense together. The age of the album might be at an end but society can screw themselves, I want a shiny CD that means something to me.