It’s been a long few weeks with shows in Montreal, Ottawa, Guelph, Hamilton and Kingston. We’ve been working hard to synchronize our current live aesthetic with the new material we’ve been creating in the studio, and our recent shows have reinforced the value of this goal.
Some people assume that recording in a studio is akin to performing in a live show. You set up your stuff, play the song until you ‘get’ it and then pack up and head to the next venue. In reality, the process is much more time consuming, hair-pulling and delicate than most people would anticipate. I can’t speak for all artists, as there are plenty of mavericks that actually do just set up and play (commonly known as ‘Live Off The Floor’ recording), as their production habits often parallel the DIY sound that they’re trying to create. However, we approach the studio differently with a ‘Deconstruct and Rebuild’ philosophy.
It all starts with a completed draft. I’ll bring a sketch of a song to the band and we’ll jam parts out, experimenting with hooks and features until we can collectively finalize an official first draft. We rehearse the resulting track over and over in practice before eventually subjecting it to the massively important ‘Road Test’. After a few months of everyone intimately knowing their parts and thinking them out, we head confidently to the studio to start the deconstruction process. We record a demo of the track (generally stripped down to bass/drums/vocal and rhythm guitar) so that we can really isolate the backbone of the song. Once we’ve identified the central groove, we can go through and reevaluate everyone’s parts, focusing on what can be cut, tweaked, expanded and reduced.
I personally believe that while the studio is where we write our songs, live performances are where we truly find them. Sometimes we go down the rabbit hole a bit too far, and end up frantically back-tracking to recreate our initial sound. While this can be incredibly frustrating, we as a band believe that it’s the best way to craft a cohesive record. It gives us the freedom to create the nimblest tracks possible, and reflects our belief that every bar should be a compliment to the song rather than the performer.
There’s a quote from Bruce Springsteen that has really influenced my approach to recording: “I played in front of every conceivable audience you could face: an all-black audience, all-white, firemen's fairs, policemen's balls, in front of supermarkets, bar mitzvahs, weddings, drive-in theaters. I'd seen it all before I ever walked into a recording studio.”
If the song can play 20+ shows and consistently elicit a reaction, then it’s worth spending days constructing and crafting each individual sound. We are very proud of what we have done this summer and are looking forward to our next two shows at the end of this month.
It’s been a minute since we have released any new recordings and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has continued to come out to shows and support us. It really does mean the world. I can’t give a deadline for when we will be putting out a new song, but what I can do is promise that it will be worth the wait.
- RECENT HIGHLIGHTS -
1. Queen's Frosh Week
2. Studio (specifically taking breaks and sucking at basketball...check our Instagram)
3. Welcome back show at The Brooklyn (pics below).