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Studio Update, February 2014

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  • 21/02/2014

As promised last month, here is your studio update!

We’ve spent the last two weekends at Active Audio Studios now with two more to go and I think we’re all pleasantly surprised by the amount that we’ve managed to achieve so far. As we may or may not have mentioned, the new album is going to feature 11 tracks in total. Quite a ramp-up from ‘Better Things to Do’ which had 5.

Those eleven tracks have caused many aching limbs and fingers, sore throats and, for Joe and myself, close-to-disintegrating lips, but we’re quietly confident that it will be more than worth the time and effort when we have the finished album in our hands. Which, incidentally, isn’t so very far from being a reality; we are looking to bring the album out on the 25th of April, with a launch party in Leeds (venue to be confirmed).

One thing I love about going into the studio with Dan Mizen is his ability to deliver our songs to their logical conclusion. In that respect, ‘Dead In The Morning’ has taken an interesting turn. For those who haven’t heard us play this one yet, it’s probably has the most attitude of any song we’ve written. It doesn’t waste any time either, clocking in at just two and a half minutes.

In case you didn’t know, I don’t generally get on well with studio recording and when it came to putting down the horn parts for that song, I was in a rather timid frame of mind. I explained this to Dan after a particularly lack-lustre take. He pressed the button to activate the in-built microphone on his desk and proceeded to say some things to me which I can’t repeat about what he wanted our sound to do to him. With these all-too-specific instructions in mind, we attacked the subsequent takes with a lot more energy and the song is sounding all the better for it.

This weekend, Tom will be recording his vocal and guitar parts, then Bridie and Cat will be putting down their backing vocals the following weekend. If you’re sitting next to a piece of wood, please touch it for us in the hope that Tom’s immune system doesn’t pull its usual trick and conveniently allow him to get a cold two days before recording.

We’ll get another blog up this time next month. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for gig updates, album news and all things TGB.

-Matthew

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