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We did an interview with Doug & Tom for the Music Manumit podcast recently. You can hear the results by following this link. We talk about the new album, the recording process and much more random stuff. Enjoy!

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Another good recording session this afternoon. Hopefully got a track in the bag. Waiting to have another listen.

Gig news. After months away from the stage we’re coming back, and this time it’s personal!! We’ve joined the line up for the IPO Festival at The Cavern next month.
Monday May 20th - 4:15pm @ The Cavern Pub
Tuesday May 21st - 7:45pm @ The Cavern Club, Front Stage
More details to follow when we have them. Come and join us people, it’s gonna be good :)
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Gig news. After months away from the stage we’re coming back, and this time it’s personal!! We’ve joined the line up for the IPO Festival at The Cavern next month.

Monday May 20th - 4:15pm @ The Cavern Pub

Tuesday May 21st - 7:45pm @ The Cavern Club, Front Stage

More details to follow when we have them. Come and join us people, it’s gonna be good :)

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Thanks to all the good folks at Heebie Jeebies who were so nice to us at the gig this afternoon. Some even dancing to one of the new songs. Woo hoo! :)

Getting ready to play here at Heebie Jeebies this afternoon. Watching the other acts.

Getting ready to play here at Heebie Jeebies this afternoon. Watching the other acts.

Getting down to some recording today. We’re behind schedule but still on the case. It’s coming together.

Getting down to some recording today. We’re behind schedule but still on the case. It’s coming together.

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Hello folks and a Happy New Year! As many of you will know we’re currently working away on our live album and I thought it was about time to share a quick update with you all. Unfortunately we were delayed over Christmas because I (Dan) got a bad chest infection and was out of action for 2 weeks. We had planned to get a head start with the extra time off but never mind. We’ve been on the case since New Year and we’re not letting it set us back too much.

It’s been an interesting process so far, with lots of technical stuff to work out and refine. Not to mention practising loads and getting the performances in shape which is a separate challenge in itself. Recording live is difficult because there are no second chances. No opportunity to go back and fix things later as you would normally with an album. You can do some things of course but you’re really limited by the quality of the original recording. It’s also a technical challenge because we need to isolate the different instruments enough to make them useful in the mix but also be able to hear each other properly while playing. This is why in most studios you have different recording rooms for each musician. Isolated and then monitored with headphones. Unfortunately we don’t have that luxury but we’ve found creative ways to solve some of these problems.

Gary is a bit of a wizard at these things and we sometimes jokingly call him “McGary” for his inventions. A hat tip to MacGuyver of course. Check out this solution to sound bleed on the vocal mic for example.

Our pizza box innovation

A cardboard pizza box cut and fitted over the mic stand.

Another angle on the pizza box mic guard

Then a coat draped over it to offer some isolation.

A coat draped over the contraption completes the effect

You’d be amazed how well this works and the early recordings we’ve got have a great sound I think. Raw in many good ways but also clear and crisp in others. The Zoom R16 is working well for our purpose and we’re all very happy with it. Recording straight to SD card is very useful.

The story so far has been one of effort with little to show for it. But we have some good takes of a couple of the tracks and we are improving all the time. We all knew it was going to be a challenge and now we’re seeing quite how much. Progress is being made though and we’re anxious to share the songs with the world. It’s gonna take time but we’re sticking at it and we’ll keep you up to date as we go.

Take care,

Dan

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rice-crispiesHello folks, I trust you’re all well? It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted the launch of our 20lb Kickstarter endeavour. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for your amazing support! We passed our original £250 target very quickly and as of this writing we’re up to £545. We can’t believe it. They may sound like modest sums but it really will allow us to make this album. The money will be spent on a digital multi-track recorder, microphones and other essentials. Knowing people want to hear the recordings is even more valuable.

I’ve been wracking my brain (it doesn’t take that long) to think of a way to make these pre-ordered albums different and special. We’ll be signing the physical copies and sending letters with them, but I wanted another way to make the pre-orders instantly distinguishable from normal copies. I starting thinking about cereal… I might have missed breakfast… yes, send a box of cereal with each album, that was it! Turns out that’s not a brilliant plan, after more thought I decided unique serial numbers for each pre-order would be best.

So here’s the grand idea. Use the order people pledged on Kickstarter to make unique serial numbers. That way we can say thank you to people, there’s a reason to pre-order the album, and who knows perhaps one day if we’re really lucky it’ll be collectable. Time will tell on that one. You could call it a limited edition version though I suppose. Perhaps we’ll have some different art work too.

So a big thank you if you’ve supported our enterprise already, and if you’d like a limited edition there’s still time. £5 for digital copies and £10 for physical. The campaign closes on December the 3rd.

We can’t wait to get cracking with recording over the winter :)

Dan

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Hello folks, it’s been a while hasn’t it? We trust you’re all well? Good. As you may have guessed from the title of this post we’ve decided to give the Kickstarter thing a bash. For a while now we’ve been working on new material and it’s sounding good in the practice room. So good in fact that we’d like to record that sound and make a live album. The way rock albums should be in our opinion. To do this we need some extra help and that’s where the Kickstarter project comes in.

Have a look at - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/20lb/20lb-sounds-live-album

Watch the video and you’ll see an example of one of our new ditties. We call it “Land Of The Living” and we’re rather proud of it.

This was recorded with only 4 microphones and with a little bit of extra kit we can make it sound even better. If you chip in £5 you’ll get a digital copy of the completed album, for £10 you’ll get a physical copy posted to your very door. If you’re crazy enough to stump up £50 you’ll get your name in the credits and of course all contribution levels include our eternal gratitude.

Please share this with friends if you think the album is a good idea and help us reach our target. We thank you all for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.

We’ll update you more very soon :)

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