Working too hard on the new album…
Madness in the studio May 11, 2010
I’m sorry for being a bastard and not keeping up on my bloging responsibilities. But rest assured, I have good reason for it. So it’s been about two weeks since we left Toronto and Chemical Sound studio. I thought I’d give a little recap of what took place.
The plan was to track 8 songs in 4 days. Quite a task for any band. Most bands do 1 song per day or sometimes even slower. But being broke and Swedish, we have to work within our means to make it happen…and we did. The first day we spent about 5 hours setting up before we even played a note. All songs were to be tracked live, some to a click, some just full blown rocking out to each other with no care or consideration for time. We started with a song called Dangerous Animals which involved some epic tom overdubs (see “Tom Magic” video) and did 2 songs the first day. The second day was a marathon. We did 3 songs that day and I did a ton of guitar over dubs on the songs. Many of the songs we’ve written don’t have traditional rythm/lead guitar parts….or even a complete guitar parts through the whole song. Most of the songs are tiny little pieces of a puzzle that individually don’t make sense at all, but if you connect them you get a beautiful picture of Betty White playing poker with a bunch of dogs.
On Thursday we did two songs. There was only one song that we didn’t do live. It just didn’t sound right or perhaps it wasn’t tight enough live. Anywho we did all the instrument separate on that one. In general I prefer the live approach…it just sound way more “real”. We did some piano and vibraphone overdubs this day as well.
On Friday we did the final song “Do You Love Me” and Tiffany flew in from NYC to lay down some vocals on the songs. As expected she did an awesome job. Friday was a long day and we ended up going to 1am trying to finish all the little bits and pieces. So we played Toronto Fashion Week on Saturday which was wicked, and we tried our skills as models (see the pic above) but failed to sign on with any modeling agencies. Those Canadians don’t know what they’re missing out on.
So we’re back in Chicago now and I’ve been overdubbing synths and vocals for two weeks. Most of the songs are 90% finished and they just need some vocals and special effects here and there. Kent and I are going to enter Engine Studios here in Chicago in a week to record a little diddy called “rubix cube”. After that it’s more writing. We have 4-5 dance songs that need to be fine tuned. So that’s what’s on the horizon. I have a bunch of studio footage on my camera I need to sift through and post here for you guys. Maybe I’ll get a rainy day to do that on soon. In the mean time…cheerio!
P.S. I saw Shout Out Louds last night at Lincoln Hall and I was in the front row! It was super awesome. It felt like they were playing a private concert just for me…magic! Super good show…exciting and inspirational. Check out thier new album “Work” if you haven’t already.