We'll be in England in the middle of June for two dates on the 16th and 17th. Other plans are still shaping up for that at the minute for more gigs. Meanwhile, the building work keeps progressing on our new studio for recording & rehearsal. But first, the details...Read More
Still haven't named the studio yet, but there's been loads of progress in the control room to show y'all.Read More
The studio now has a control room window. We found a live version from Torino you might like and I got to see one of my heroes in Belfast. Here's a short update about some happenings in February.Read More
In this update I wanted to post a couple of additions to the studio in the way of music equipment. Still working hard on the building of the studio's control room which now has a small kitchen beside the vocal booth. Anyway, on to that equipment...Read More
December is over, and so with it is Two Thousand and Sixteen. The second half of the year in particular has been all about building a permanent studio so that we can work 24/7 on music in the future.Read More
Still focusing strongly on getting the studio built, but the changes are a bit more visual now so we have more to show for it this month. The control room is more than half finished, and plans are being made for the live room. Here are some photos....
The 6ft x 7ft booth inside the control room will be mostly for vocals. It's been wood paneled since the last update, and the window is finished. Going to dye it a dark oak colour to match the counter top which is waiting to be installed under the 8ft wide control room window.
Just finished the wood paneling on the wall in the control room (below) which will eventually have a corner sofa and brackets for mounting the guitars so there's a bit more floor space. There should be about twelve guitars around so will need to extend the brackets onto the black wall to the right.
Wall of Guitars
Doing a bit of a test below to see how many guitars will fit, and making sure the spacing is enough to allow for example two jumbo acoustics to be hung side by side. The other reason is that there isn't a much better sight than a wall of guitars! Can't wait until the place is ready to start recording 'em.
RIP Leonard Cohen
Last week I was tweeting about The Guardian's Leonard Cohen article. He was still alive at the time, and I was impressed by his attitude to death expressed in the article. I've been big into his stuff since I was sixteen, and consider him one of the best lyricists of all time.
I even love "Death of a Ladies Man", the much criticized, Phil Spector produced album. Regardless of whatever over-production it suffered sonically, Cohen's observational wit is still present in the writing. RIP Leonard, you saw the world through a beautiful lense.
Have nattered with the Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek about a bunch of DIY indie music topics for a few years. He's releasing a solo EP which I've noticed has just been e-mailed to my Pledge account. It's been good to read the updates during it's conception about how he's been handling the release. I got myself a pair of sticks from the Pledge to put in the studio. It should have a great drum room when I'm finished. Hoping the release goes well for him. #ForeverFicek.
The studio doesn't have a name yet, it still feels a bit early for that. It's taking some shape though. Focusing on the control room at the minute, and particularly the vocal booth.Read More