Powderburn studio update from Ken
What up everyone!? Hope December is treating you right and you're not going too crazy with all the upcoming holidays preparations. Down here in Texas the weather can't make up it's mind. One day there was an ice storm, two days later we were wearing shorts. I've lived here many years now and i'm still not used this crap.
This past Saturday was our last show of the year and we couldn't have asked for a better end to close out 2004. It was an awesome lineup to say the least and the fans were bad ass as always. We played over an hour, did some new songs, drank lots of Budweiser and Jager and lots of crazy crazy things happened that night. The funny part was is that Pat got the most drunk that night and he was the one that had to actually record the next day.
So far the recording is going very quick and smooth...which is a first for us. At 4pm on Sunday, the drumkit was in place at the studio and Pat tore through the 4 songs with little trouble. At one point he did start to tire, however that was quickly over after Paul, our producer, gave him a beer to replenish his strength. (I guess a little hair of the dog does actually work.) Greg slapped down the bass tracks in about an hour and they sound mean as hell. It's funny because he says that his playing on these new tunes is simpler than in the past, however most upcoming bass players would simply give up before learning his bass lines to these new songs.
Sunday's quote of the day:
Greg to Pat: "How come every time you get drunk it costs me time, money and gas?"
Monday's quote of the day:
Paul: "I'm going to hang a sign up:
If you're not engineering or recording, please leave the room to fart."
Josh and I wrapped up recording the guitars on Tuesday. Recording guitars with Paul is always interesting. In the end, the guitars sound very cool, very big and very in your face, however the way he gets them like that is really an art. You'd think we'd just plug in our amps and go for it but that's actually not how it goes down, we use a very combination of guitars and amps compared to what we use live. I don't want to say too much because i don't wanna give away his secrets, but i will tell you that the guitars on these new songs sound better then ever.
Tuesday's quote of the day:
Ken (being very sarcastic) to Paul and Greg: "I think we could write 60 songs in 2 weeks. A couple of them might suck though."
We start recording vocals today. On these 4 songs I'm doing most of the singing, as opposed to the last album where we all sang in almost every song. The only reason for this is because Josh is busy playing golf today and Greg is trying to land an endorsement from a cigarette company. ha. I'm joking actually, these 4 songs just suited me well and that's the main reason i'm doing the vocals on them. Speaking of which, i still have a few more lines to write so I must wrap this up, and i don't have time to proof read it, so please excuse any mistakes. :)
Thanks for reading this and if you'd like to know more about something in particular in regards to this recording process, just post a comment/question on our myspace page.
The name of the songs we're recording are:
"Echoed in Red"
"Here's to the time"