Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Well, here it is: “Porches,” that new record we’ve been writing about. We like it. Produced by our drummer Jason, who did all the technical stuff, we made a recording we are proud of, and we did it in our own house. I guess that isn’t unusual or special in the wider world of music; many of my favorite bands do just that, but it’s the first time for us. (Ok, we did Six Sad Songs, but this is the first time as a “band.”) I’d like to think we can all pat ourselves on the back. Then, we will pray that you all will too. We love patting. A lot.
Some words about the songs are in order. It has seven of them – three by penned by Jason, one by Cory, and three by me. Four of them have appeared on previous recordings, three from the already mentioned “Six Sad Songs” and one from our first EP. They were all solo recordings originally, but for this we added the whole band.
Three are entirely new, unless you’ve been to any of our recent shows, and I think they deserve some special mention. “Bottles” is a collective effort. Musically, it breaks down like this: verse by me, chorus by John Gordon, and bridge by Jason Bolinger. I wrote all the lyrics, which is a rare and sweet thing for me. The other two are by Jason. “Ride with Me” is about the love of touring and features two fun experiments: I play some slap upright bass for the first time on record, and Cory plays a badass guitar solo. I think he’s recorded guitar solos before, but this is the first one that’s badass. “A Well Lit Room” is the newest, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the hit of the whole project.
We’re also giving it away for free. You can just go to our website, add yourself to the mailing list, and we’ll give you a nifty code so you can download it. Please do, and tell us what you think. Either way, good or bad, just pat us on the back.
My analog chain was:
* API 5500 EQ
* Millenia NSEQ-F EQ
* Manley Massive Passive EQ
* API 2500 compressor
* Requisite L2M mk. III tube limiter
In the box, some software EQs complemented my analog chain, and I did final peak limiting via plugin as well.
The band really liked the first pass, but requested more presence for the upright bass. A subtle push at around 200hz on the mid channel using a mid-side EQ did the trick. They also wanted less "slap" from the upright bass on track five. Some creative notching EQ alleviated that, and voila, the record was done. Mostly painless!"
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
"I absolutely love your music. My boyfriend introduced me to it on our first date and ive been addicted since then. We used to take long road trips all the time and when i would start to fall asleep he would play Lullaby and sing it to me. He used to have to travel 2 hours every weekend to come see me before we moved in together and said he would listen to What I Wouldnt Do all the way to my house. Your music is original, beautiful, kinda strange sometimes (in a good, fun way), and im happy i got introduced to you guys. Some time in the future youre going to be getting an email from the boyfrirnd or I to sing at our wedding because thats what he wants for his wedding present. You are all an amazing band. Keep up the great work and i cant wait to see you in concert in KC!!!! much love, Carrie"
I teared up a bit when I read this. Carrie, we'd be honored.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
A lot of people have asked us about this, so we're giving it to all!
In 2008, each member of the band wrote and recorded his/her own song on a Tascam four track for Valentines Day. We think the project turned out well. To download it for free, go here:
1. On the Ground, by Wes VanAntwerp
2. Shrug it Off, by John Gordon
3. Two Paths, by Jason Bolinger
4. War Song, by Cory Canny
5. Love, Shirleena, by Troy Morgan
6. The Least You Could Do, by Diana Garles
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
First, a trip across South Korea with a floating head set to "What I Wouldn't Do":
Now, a little kid rocking out to "He Loves Me," probably the cutest thing ever:
And then, just us, playing the Redstone Room in Davenport, IA.
This is great, people. Keep this kind of stuff coming. We love it. -Troy