Recording ‘Raise the Coin’ – Blog 2June 2, 2012
Day two started with suspicion.
The macaroni enjoyed by Mr Gibson less than 24 hours ago was once again making its presence known, and the impact was devastating. Graeme, Michael and Greg had refused to approach the area until the danger was over…
…and so we waited.
Eventually, the air cleared, and Andy Miller arrived to open up. We still had a little percussion to record so Gibby entered the live room, armed with a guiro and a chopstick, we meanwhile got the kettle on.
Once the percussion was all recorded, it was finally time for Gregory to shine. He had been diligently learning and practicing each and every guitar part for the last few weeks, and my god, it showed.
In a record 2 hours and 17 minutes, all main guitars were complete and sounding amazing. Greg was on such good form we decided he should record almost all the guitars himself, but there was one piece of fretwork that I was more than capable of laying down in ample time…
The One Chord Strum.
As Chris came back into the control room, we all had a little surprise. Caleb Followhill from Kings of Leon had popped in for some PG tips, and blasted out a quick rendition of ‘Charmer’ just for us.
With Caleb gone, and macaroni a distant memory, we ploughed on.
Vocals next, and with time running out, we had to be fast. Chris entered the live room for what was going to be the last session of the day, and laid down 3 takes of ‘spennymoor, a few of B and H, a clutch of Hingmans, and at least a brace of Troubadours.
But, time had ran out. We had pushed as hard as we could and Andy assured us that, in the time we had, we had achieved an immense amount of progress, with very little left to record. All that remain to do are backing vocals, and some melodica parts.
Fear not, we winters bold have already booked our final session in mid-June, and will hopefully have what we think is our best, most powerful material yet ready for distribution by July/Aug.
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…oh, and additional info…..
After leaving the studio we headed for The Wel rehearsal space to offload our gear and headed for the nearest pub quiz at The Guilty Lily. The intention to have 1 drink and only do the first half of the quiz rapidly changed as the pressure mounted, and there was no way we were leaving this place until the result was called. The prize money could pay for more studio time! We were gonna do it!!!!
unfortunately, we didnt win, and the only thing we left with was this receipt….
to be continued………..