Guess Who? You got it, I’m back for round 2 of the Blogging world of bloggages and the same rules apply as the last one: I WILL go off on a tangent; it’s just the way I work so you might need to read back at times. It’s the Quentin Tarantino effect lol.
I’ve been listening to a lot of music recently, well I say a lot but what I really mean is about 15 songs over and over and just when you think you couldn’t possibly listen to them over again…………………………….BAM!!!…………YOU WRONG FOOL!!! You slap them on again cuz you need to learn them but it’s no bad thing cuz they are really cool, they are the demos for the album we are currently working on. All of the songs appeared in the form of acoustic guitars, dotted in drum beats and bass notes and of course the rare pleasure of hearing Josh’s voice fronting all of them, quite lovely!
My initial thought when I heard them was, “SHIT! I’ve got lots to learn” and really, I still do. But in all honesty I thought, “my god this guy is a fucking genius” they sounded beautiful, the blend of acoustic and Josh’s vocal is really nice but the songs had words with so much meaningless meaning* (Josh will understand what I mean) to them that I didn’t think anything we do could make these songs better than they already are. *meaningless meaning = means more to the listener than the artist. I’d love to say I mean every word but a lot of the time its just a fictional encounter, I’d have nothing otherwise lol.
I’d been having a shitty day at work and we had practice on that evening which I was looking forward to but I’d been listening to these fucking songs for ages, I was anxious, I mean we’d had a go at the odd one or two to see how they sounded, but on this day I was infuriated to the core for why I cant remember (most likely them fucking retards up and down the country thinking it’s a good excuse to steal and terrorize people “cuz we don’t get no respect from dem” dick heads!) but I wanted to get it all out in the studio. Email: Really wanna play the whole album!!! Sent! Lads reply: “why the hell not?” Fucking brilliant I couldn’t wait, I was clock watching.
I got there, late as per usual but I believe so was Earl Grey (Alex) if I remember right, might’ve been Mez, anyway, we kicked off with track 2 as track 1 was one of the aforementioned and BOOOOOM!!! I felt all that fury starting to lift off my shoulders and by the time we were on about track 5 it was almost disbelief that we were doing really well for a first time attempt. The work started to become more intense, yet the ideas seemed to be flying out of every hole, ok not all of them were good but we were making good progress every time we played them. Although there were also them songs that are, what we say in the trade “bastards” only because I was/am struggling with them but rest assured little progress is still progress.
We’d been rehearsing for a while with few gigs, so we could now concentrate more on the new songs and record a rough version for referencing and where to improve blahblahblah. So back to listening to the songs but instead of JW and a computer it was Captain Horizon now, and proved very informative too. We had a little over a week before we held a “secret airing” to a few people to gain their opinions and critique so this must mean, you got it, NEW DISORDER FEST was the coming weekend.
I must say for such a small festival it was bigger than Woodstock in heart, there wasn’t an ego in sight or at least nobody was flaunting it anyway, you know what I’m like, I’m a pain in the arse but never usually an arsehole so what I mean is there was everyone pulling in to make things work for a great cause ‘Rock Against Child Pornography’ who have been doing such a tremendous job and this festival has helped project it further. I arrived to the raucous sound of me good mates Signify, which I was chuffed about cuz I thought we’d end up missing them, as it was they’d just started and they were kickin’ ass and taking names, but just seconds earlier I was greeted by a pink & purple putty tat with the same coloured hair by way of Cathy G which is always nice to see Cath but you’re missing the point she had her face painted!!! Haha, I joke but it was my calling and I had all day to ponder what I was having so after a few beers and chats with friends old and new it was approaching set time, composure is key really, but I’m a last minute kind of guy so while everyone else was setting up and his Earlship most probably ironing those hideous trousers I decided to go get me face painted. I had a lazy idea of evilness on my face and decided on a zombie to which Red Imp created in 5mins as she assured me, well it was more like 4mins 15secs so I had time to spare lol. I wont give you a rundown of the gig cuz I cant remember it all I know is it was awesome! What I will say though is when I saw Alex in them fucking trousers I didn’t think my evil face would look very evil pissing itself laughing at him all set but, composure is key you see! Pretty much everything after that set became a blur until I woke up in Signify’s van freezing cold, bad time’s man, hungover in the cold, bbbbrrrrrrr thanks a lot for the lift home Kendo appreciate it man.
Moving back to the album we had two rehearsals to practice before performing them in front of people for feedback. Mez was cacking his pants and Earl was nervous too, me and Josh however seemed to be pretty cool about it well I felt good cuz even if we did fuck up that’s the time to do it, while it’s being shot down lol. But as Sunday loomed and I’m talking like Saturday night into Sunday morning when I started to show signs of concern, but château nuef du pap!!! this wasn’t a gig, it was a critique and it was just like recording when its just me alone, but this time I wasn’t, there was people there but it was like a reverse of the recording because of the nudeness that surrounds me, I felt sick and just wanted to get it done but once I turned up I felt ok, more tired than anything, perhaps I had trouble sleeping? It started out quite badly as the 1st track came under scrutiny before we played a note but that was fine until we played a note and I came in wrong and had to start again but I laughed it off and away we go lol. It was a really good exercise as it opened our eyes to what needed doing and what was actually not as bad as we made out and ended up being fan favourite’s, so food for thought and time to get a move on cuz we’re nearing the recording dates now.
My ramble is now over for another crazy chapter, so until next time………
Its not goodbye…..