In July 2015, Nick (Hall, our drummer) fell and broke his shoulder while at work. That put the kybosh on rehearsing activities and up until that time we had been hopeful that we’d get to play some gigs that summer. With our enforced layoff, we decided to do some recording so I used a software drummer module (EZ Drummer) to program Nick’s parts and the rest of us made a start on recording our parts with the intention of adding Nick’s real drums when he was fit again.
We use a rehearsal room in Stockport, and it is ideal for recording as there is lots of space and there’s a vocal recording booth. We recorded a load of guitar and bass parts and some vocals, plus all my keyboards and synths parts and when Nick returned to action after about six or seven weeks, we spent a few evenings recording his drum parts. We have to date recorded the total of two songs completely and mixed them. The songs are Blind Eyes and Throwing Dice. We have made good starts on a number of other songs notably Lullaby and Cocaine Revolver but with the possibility of live performances feeling relatively close and all our efforts focused on that, no-one feels inclined to do any recording at the moment. One of our problems is that we only meet once a week due to various work and family commitments so progress with these things is always slow. At the current rate of progress we should have this album finished in about three years’ time.
Music for Free
As tracks get finished, we’re putting them on YouTube, SoundCloud and sharing them on Facebook. We have some tracks on iTunes and Amazon Digital but I don’t think we can honestly expect anyone to purchase our music at this stage. Hopefully people will use these free channels to listen to our songs and will then go to see us play live (if that ever happens).