I hope you had a great Xmas and New Years.
The record is currently being mixed, and I’m assured by the Scottish maestro, that it’s coming along great. Should hopefully be able to hear some rough mixes in the next few weeks.
I’m booking up some shows in Prague for the weekend of the 15th/16th/17th of March. I’m currently confirmed at Bar Number 7 for Sunday the 17th, and just waiting on confirmation of the others.
Been far too long since I have played a show there. It is my favourite city, so really I should make more of an effort.
Will confirm when the other dates are nailed.
Recording is going great. Was up at 4am yesterday to make the 5 hour drive up to Glasgow. There is something liberating about driving on empty roads. It’s what I imagine rural USA to be like. Only without the occasional Romanian driving his truck like he stole it.
I have managed to get all my acoustic parts down, the bass down and Jono has nailed all the drums. Not bad for a days work. Especially when we ended up recording five tracks, rather than the three we had planned.
That said, I hit a wall at 1 am. 21 hours awake, and two bottles of pinot noir down, is not ideal for getting the best bass take. We redid that final track today…
My man Steve arrives today to lay down his guitar parts. We’ve made enough progress to be able to go for a run through Newton Mearns, and eat Lebanese food. That’s a recording experience I can get behind.
We also have the documentary makers coming to film all day tomorrow. I best make sure I look like I know what I’m doing. They think I’m a musician after all. I’m really the last of the small town blaggers.
At the end of the year, me and my brother Jaymie, are launching our brand new podcast.
We’ll produce content biweekly, and have as many different and varying guests on the show as we can. The idea is not to pick sides, or make the interview about as as presenters. Instead, we want to hear both sides of every debate, including sides we absolutely do not agree with. Only through dialogue can we try and make sense of the world we currently find ourselves in.
We’ll keep you posted on guests and schedule.
After recording Campfire, I took the plunge into fatherhood, and chucked the guitar down for a bit. Seven weeks of colic can really mess with your mojo y’know?
Elora is (kinda) sleeping through now so with a fair bit more sleep, I have been able to complete the new record, ready to head back into the studio.
It will be recorded over a few visits with three more tracks being laid down this time, and then another couple of studio sessions taking the record to ten tracks overall.
The record doesn’t have a name, or a theme as yet. Campfire was a different direction for me sound wise, so I intend to follow that road and see where it leads me.
Recording in a home studio in Glasgow gives me a lot more freedom as the sessions aren’t structured. If I get a vocal idea at 3am, I can grab the mic and lay it down. I always get my best ideas after a few red wines. Well, at least I think I do.
Me, Jono and Stephen have put the list of tracks together and we need to pick three for this particular session. I’m not sure which ones yet, but they’ll get recorded eventually so I suppose it’s kinda irrelevant.
Red Brick Heart, My Favourite Summer and Action Over Hope are currently winning.
Knocked up some Campfire t shirts if anyone is interested. A bunch of other designs here too.
Go mad for it…etc.