Happy New Year Everybody! I was sure to have a slothful festive season, as this year is shaping up to be the busiest of my entire life, both professionally and creatively. First off the rank was five days in the studio with Cracked Actor, tracking our new full-length record.
Cracked Actor is the only band I play in where I don’t contribute songs. My beautiful friend Seb is the song-writer and frontman, and his pensive art rock is a bracing contrast to the red-meat-indie-pop I usually trade in.
Seb brings a meticulous sonic vision to the band, and the quality of his song writing has turned me into a faithful solider. Seeing him construct his tracks from a latticework of guitar and vocal overdubs left me somewhat intimidated by the knowledge that he’d been carrying the whole picture around in his head for months.
We’d originally done 5 days of pre-production and arrangement work in July (the grandparents of our guitarist, Jordan, let us use their house in Ulla Dulla. Shout outs!) and I realise know how much time it saves you in the studio. It’s an approach I’ll definitely rip off for my other bands in the future.
The most exciting part is that we were first cab off the rank at Sam King’s brand new studio, I Am Merloc. So new, in fact, that it isn’t even finished! Sam, if you’re reading this I’m sorry for showing the place in it’s bare condition. Suffice to say that it already has the most exciting room sound in the city limits. Here’s to 2013, the year of new recordings!