Stacy, Darren and I have started working on new material. The process has been much different from the last album thus far, and I believe that is a good thing. It’s kind of a frenzy of ideas flying back and forth through email. I’ll record a drum track, email it to Darren, he’ll fix it and make it cool, add more tracks and a vocal idea from Stacy, send it back to me, along with the start of a drum track he recorded, etc. It’s a bit chaotic, but it’s really exciting. I’ve never done music this way before. Also, I learned a few new instruments that have taken center stage with this new material.
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I believe this was the third song Stacy and I worked on together. The pad that you hear on the intro, is from the original demo, and is basically all that Stacy sent me to work with in the beginning. At the time, I was in the middle of making my Fort Christmas EP and was really into getting 60′s inspired drum sounds. This wasn’t too difficult, since almost every snare drum I own is from that era. But the drums are where I started with this demo. WWWY was one of the few tracks on the album where I played the drums. I recorded them with the intention of having Darren retrack them once he got into town (though he insisted later on that we keep the ones I performed). The kick drum I used was a 1960′s Majestic (Ludwig knock-off). I actually have two of them, but don’t have the photo of the one I used. But it’s almost identical to my other one:
I used two different snares layered together (plus a tamborine) to make the snare sound that you hear. The first is a 1940′s Leedy snare:
and the second was a 1950′s WFL (Ludwig).
The strings were added next. I really wanted the strings to “lift” the chorus up- make it take flight. So I wrote a violin line that basically glissando’s up, then floats back down after the downbeat. I went ahead and had the 2nd violins and violas follow in unison but different octaves. It took a little bit of time to find a melody that didn’t distract from the vocal melody, but I think the end result was nice, and sounds really fun.
These are the main elements that drive the song. The verses stay really sparse most of the time, with just Stacy’s organ/pad, bass and the drums. The bass by the way, was recorded with a P-Bass doubled with a synth bass.
I remember I was really nervous about sending the first draft over. The previous two songs we had worked on were much more serious sounding, and neither one had “traditional” drums on them. It felt like a bold move to send over something that was such a left turn from what we had been doing up until that point.
The official music video for When We Were Young is going to make it’s debut on Monday, so stay tuned to find out where!
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Well, I’m back on the road again. We are in Grand Rapids today, and I got up early to finish up some planning for the Sucré album release. By the way, there’s a very good chance that we will be putting up the album for preorder this week! Keep your eyes open. There’s going to be a lot of news coming out of this blog in the coming weeks. Very excited. So, let me answer a few of your questions:
1. Will the album come out in physical form? Yes. CD and vinyl!
2. Are you going to be doing a release show? Yes. Several of them.
3. Are you playing in my town? I can’t say, you need to be more specific.
4. Are you going to have other items to sell at the shows? Yes, lots of stuff.
5. Is your wife a part of the answer to question four? Yes.
6. If I come to your show, will I get to meet all of Sucré and Elsie too?!? Yes. We want to meet you.
That should do it for now. I will post detailed show info here as things are confirmed. Here is one:
April 12th at The Bootleg in LA:
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This was almost exactly two years ago and it might have been the first time Stacy, Darren and I sat down and worked on something together.
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I thought I'd share a few photos from the shoot we did last week. Elsie did all of them, and we couldn't be more pleased.
We've been really overwhelmed by the response from all of you, and we can't thank you enough. We've already started talking about shows and what to do with the rest of this year. Anyone want to cast their vote for where we do our album release show?
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