Its actually a concept album...
Our debut self titled album is actually a linear story from start to
finish. A connective plot thread holds each song together, telling the
story of a man who's bad luck finds him eventually executing a bank
robbery and on the run from the law.
Song one, "Die A Happy Man" begins the story with our unlikely hero
pining for the love of a woman whom he feels will make his life
complete. After a rocky romance he asks her to stand by his side, but
eventually she "Runs Away" and he is left analyzing what went wrong.
Plagued by insomnia and his own heartache the man eventually decides
he's had enough when he loses his job due to bad luck and car trouble,
and he makes the choice to rob a bank. Once he does he quickly realizes
it doesn't help his heartache but instead only causes him more trouble
and pain. His "Restless Soul" eventually decides "Even If I Fail" I
shall take a risk and start over to find happiness in Mexico. After one
last failed attempt to drink away his heartache in "Tipped Over My Jug",
he finally makes a run for Mexico, but not before unexpectedly needing
some help to make his final escape as described in the last song on the
album called "Note To The Bartender".
The album has a guest artist!
Mark T Johnson performs the keyboard riff on "Come Midnight". He wrote and recorded his piece after the recording was completed.
recorded our self-titled album with vintage old school analog gear,
live in the same room, and on 1/2" reel to reel tape. We chose this
method in an attempt to recreate the feeling and sound of all our
favorite classic rock records we each grew up on.
The rock records that came out in the 70s had an amazing sound. Thick,
creamy, amazing bass, and an unparalleled drum sound. When things began
to go digital, rock & roll lost a lot of that crucial sound.
While digital is forgiving, analog is not. You have to keep recording
until you get the best take. No tricks in editing will save you, because
analog reel to reel is 100% honest. You don't get 2 hours to nail a
solo. You have to nail it live, and that challenge appealed to us. We
found an amazing and talented recording engineer Mark T. Johnson of Bluejay Productions
who was able to find the vintage gear we needed and who had the right
ear for what we were trying to re-create. The music was recorded in
three days under the guidance of Mark and the advice of local musician
and legend Sandy Ficca of Firefall fame. The album was recorded in
winter of 2012 and was released early the following year.
|The First Album/Studio Experience Blog Post:
7th 2012 we entered the Use Your Gift Foundation's "Flabby Road" studio
to record our full length album. The specially constructed studio is
owned and operated by Sandy Ficca of Firefall and we cannot even begin
to tell you how truly amazing this room sounds.. We chose Mark T Johnson
of Blue Jay Productions to be our engineer. This was based on Matty's
past experiences working with Mark on his solo albums as well as Mark's
knowledge of reel to reel recording. He is also a good solid genuine
dude - which we highly appreciate.
Friday was our day to setup, play
with mic placement, drum mics and guitar tones. We ended up using the
entire day developing a mighty sound! We left completely exhausted but
ready to rock the recording sessions scheduled for the following day.
We arrived early on Saturday, so we
took a little drive to um..clear our heads..and then returned ready to
lay down the grooves on reel to reel on 1/4 tape. This is the way rock
and roll was done in the 70's. We recorded everything live, as opposed
to tracking each instrument separately. This is daring, because you have
to play the songs perfect. One little slip up can ruin a great take.
With reel to reel you simply cannot hide. Your true playing ability is
shown for better or worse.
After imbibing a fair amount of
whiskey, we conquered our nerves and set out to track as much as we
could in a single day. At 9pm on Saturday we left the studio with 7
tracks finished. This was far beyond what we had hoped for. We had
originally booked three solid days to record. We were ahead of the game.
Exhausted but still energized by
the music we came back early Sunday and by 4pm had tracked the remaining
5 songs. Our recording engineer tells us we were the fastest band he
has worked with as far as how quickly we were able to properly play the
songs and get good takes.
We decided to take another
celebratory drive (after a four way fist bump between us and Mark our
engineer) and passed around the remainder of our bottle of bourbon
and sat down for a full listen through the entire album. When we
listened we consistently found ourselves getting goosebumps. We can only
describe this as if we were hearing better musician than ourselves
playing our songs. It was truly surreal to now hear these songs
immortalized in this way.
The analog sound is perfect. Our
record will truly sound as if it came from the 70's - huge and creamy.
The results are far beyond our highest hopes. It's still sinking in but
our recording experience was a dream come true. We are so lucky to have
the talent we do in Mark as an engineer.
What we left the studio with was an
experience that we feel will permanently change our band. For the first
time we truly heard what our audience hears. This gives us more
confidence in our abilities, and more so in our band as a unit. We were
amazed at how cohesively we played these tunes, tracking many of them
within 2-3 takes. We each were able to hear abilities in each other that
we normally cannot while all three of us are focused on our own
We feel that this experience will
re-energize our shows and our drive to continue living this dream. This
record means more to us than any other work we have each been a part of.
We firmly believe that this is our best work as musicians, and we are
humbled and grateful for the experience and the ability to live this
dream. Long live the Goodtimes!
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