Monday, June 28, 2010

Done with Recording! More Shows! More Music!

The last time we posted a few weeks ago we were about to do a round of shows and record our next ep. The shows all went swimmingly. Some nice things were said to us that made us all blush but we shant repeat them here (they were nice though).

Our first day of recording with producer Raymond Richards saw us a little jittery but ultimately we got over it pretty quick once we realized there was nothing for us to worry about. By the end of the day we had recorded all bass, drums and the basic guitar tracks. Day two of recording involved additional guitar overdubs including Raymond adding an additional layer of guitar himself to one of our favorite tracks. I believe V did the basic vocal tracks on the second day, or it may have been the first, it was a blur. By the end of the second day 90% of the tracking that will be the record had been done. There was one additional half day session for vocal overdubs.

The experience of working with Raymond and Red Rockets Glare Studios was amazing. One rather fond memory involves sitting outside on a break while we feasted on a meal of coffee, donuts, pizza and beer. The man knows how to live it up. We would gladly recommend you consider working with him for any recording endeavors you may have. His pricing is more than reasonable and the expertise he demonstrates behind the board and with all his equipment is unparalleled. As of the time this post is being written we are expecting our first round of mixes from him. Exciting times.

On the show front we have a handful of dates for the month of July.

Thursday July 8th we will be at the Ignition Cafe in Palm Desert with the band Caxton. If you are not aware, we do have a special connection with that band. Around the time we released our first ep our bass player was a young man named Brett. Brett is the bass player in Caxton. Besides that fact Caxton is a very tight and energetic band to watch. Hopefully we'll be able to do more with them out here on our side of town. So on the off hand chance you happen to be in Palm Desert on July 8th come hang out. It's FREE and ALL AGES, both of which always equal a good time.

Saturday July 10th we will be playing once more at one of the live music hot spots in Long Beach: The Prospector. We will be joining the band The Secret 6 as well as Great Big Things who will be playing their final show that night.

Saturday July 24th we will be playing a private house party in San Pedro with some dear music friends who have been part of the South Bay/Pedro punk rock scene since the start many years ago. The last time we played for these friends was as a warm up show for our first ep prior to the release show at Famima with Vaudeville and Sleepover. These get togethers are always fun and filled with good people, good music, great food and those alcoholic libations that people are so fond of. We are preparing some special stuff for this gig and if all goes well with this special material, we may keep it in our set. We shall see.

Last night we had a very nice and stress free practice. We have been so busy rehearsing the material for recording and all the shows we have played that we hadn't really had the time to just do something new. We worked on it all practice and now have a rough form for it. It needs much more work but it also does find us treading into a musical direction we haven't fully delved into but it looks like we may. I could describe it but best leave you guessing. It is VERY pretty.

There are also definite talks of us doing a music video for a song from our first ep and some visual collaborations but we'll let you know more about all that when we have more concrete details to give you.

It feels like we are in a good place right now.

We may always be worrying about any myriad of things like say $$$, but we hope to bring you some more great shows, recordings and things in the time that lays ahead.

On behalf of The Terrapin



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