The studio sessions for the new album are four days split in two, with the first done and the second about to be. During the first we got a lot of ground covered – me and Tommy Duffin playing, James Duffin recording – with much in the way of mad percussion stuff (stomping, clapping, bottle-top tambourine, boom-chicka-boom guitar, bongos, actual drums) and different guitar tones (acoustic recorded as electric, flamenco guitar, proper electric). Tunes recorded so far include a slide-stomper with a hint of skiffle, an old school woozy gospel(ish) thing, a couple of solo slide/vocal numbers and a flamenco-tinged polka. A few minor problems cropped up – not least that it turns out flamenco guitars are supposed to buzz a bit (who knew?) but mine started buzzing really quite a lot. Also, my vocals were rough – I mean really, really rough.
Session number two is now upon us. Full electric band stuff will dominate. In between these two sessions I’ve been rewriting lyrics, doing some test edits and and going over the vocal parts. A couple of tunes have been dropped altogether. Oddly, the build-up to these sessions was horrendously stressful but now that things are well underway, even with the occasional setback, stress levels are dropping. There’ll be additional recording and mixing next week (busy live schedule permitting) and it should be mastered the week after. Phew.