We’re back. It has been an intensive two weeks holed up in the studio. We borrowed a massive van (thanks to Within Rust) to transport our gear from the mainland to Vancouver Island, loaded everything in the space the night before we began, drums were tracked in the first three days, I broke my glasses, bass was done shortly after on top of Alea’s guitar then vocals and cello and trombone and strings… needless to say, it was a huge learning experience. It was also the first time we really dug into the recording process as a band with complete confidence and deeply matured material.
Of course, we’re ultimately grateful for Colin and Kathryn’s hospitality and interest in the music we are making. Having an enthusiastic and relatable producer has made a world of difference developing this record. It often seemed between takes that we were just hanging out making music together and trying out different sounds, bouncing ideas off of each other; a process we haven’t had the opportunity to take advantage of in the same way in the past. Not to mention, the quality of the space and gear helped carry the record to a whole new level.
A year ago, when we were on tour, we decided that we were going to make a record. It was as simple as that. There was a certain necessity in documenting how much our sound has changed since our previous releases. This new piece needed to be different and new; refreshing and, essentially, identifying. Our music felt completely unidentifiable and in-cohesive… Anyways, I could go on but the fact of the matter is that despite all of the struggle reaching the sound that we captured on these recordings, we feel that much more comfortable and proud of our material now. Listening back to the mixes was really startling at first but, in the end, comforting. It’s comforting to know that what we are creating does make sense together and, though we have so much more growth ahead of us, we are finally on the right track.
All of this being said, the record won’t actually be out for a while yet because we have a lot of work to do still (artwork, physical copies, re-branding etc). It is important to us that we take this release by the horns more than anything else we’ve ever done before. Yes, it’s an enormous undertaking and, maybe we’ll lose a lot of money, but we feel strongly about this music and are willing to take those chances. We can’t wait to get this record to you and get this album cycle rolling. Until then, you can keep up to date with our progress on our social media as I’m trying my best to keep it busy.
Thank you so much for your support,