Just got back from a short UK May tour with Fish. The idea was try out some of the new material we have been working on prior to recording the album in the last 2 weeks of June. We had a few technical problems at the start of the tour but by the end it was starting to sound like a band. The response to the new tunes seemed to have been generally positive as the live performance of them started to take some shape. Eric.. the electronic member of the band.. also known as a Roland SPD-SX, proved to be reliable, always on time & never complained. Met some great new people on the tour and it was great to catch up with so many old friends. We start recording in 2 weeks time with Calum Malcolm producing which i’m really looking forward to. Other than that, it’s 3 months in my studio working on projects including 2 new Pete & Rob EP’s of which we hope to get at least one finished for the gig on the 25th August in Aylesbury.
Before we go off on our musical jaunts over the next few months, we got together last Wednesday and sorted out a few loose ends as well eating PT’s most excellent home made Banana loaf…tasty ! A friend kindly put together a video for us using old black & white footage of Paris to the ‘Django’ track from the Acoustic Industry EP. It’s also on the Twisted Note Records You Tube channel. It makes us smile… hope you like !
Most excellent evening of Twisted Note Records admin at PT’s place last night … coffee cake sublime, tea in abundance & we got to say ‘evening vicar’ to Eric at Edisons Children on a Skype call. The world was not put to rights.
Looks like we are going to play the Aylesbury Hobbles on the Cobbles this year. It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend.. not sure yet what our slot is yet but as soon as we know it’ll be posted & linked etc. Monday night is writing night.. it’s taking some time to get another EP together as we keep diversifying. We probably have enough ideas, styles to probably put 2/3 EP’s together over the next year in between all the work stuff.
Recently we spent some time working on Song 2… great title I know but I’m sure it’s already been used. Song 2 is the highly imaginative working title along with song 1, song 3 etc. After getting some ideas going Pete found a bass part… kind of less is more. Very clever & works great against the Byrds type guitar chords. After getting some takes, we spent some time listening, editing, chopping and pasting. A process which, whilst tedious to some, we both really enjoy doing. It’s a bit like being in a darkroom, it’s magic what you can do after taking the picture. (I know, cos I did a film photography course years ago in Brighton Uni. RB )
This batch of 5 tunes are songs and lyrics are being thought about. Not something that comes naturally… might even end being phonetic lyrics. It’s been difficult to get us in the studio at the same time this year, but we are persisting and keeping to our schedule of two nights a week as much as possible. It’s still great fun, no pressure and creative. There’s no deadline on the next EP, but it would be nice to get it done and finished sometime around March 2013. Our one gig this year in Aylesbury market Square in August went great and those that were there gave some really positive feedback. We were hoping to be playing at a small festival a friend runs down in Sussex called Applefest in October. If your into apples & all things cider then this is a great little event to go to. Unfortunately due to other commitments, neither of us can make it. Hopefully, well be able to do a few more gigs next year as the ‘Whimsy’ gets a little more organised.
We are currently looking at putting a video together for ‘Django’ off the 1st EP ‘Acoustic Industry‘ Preferably images from Paris 1930’s would be great as thats’s where Django lived, but it’s harder to find old footage than originally thought. If anybody has anything they think might be useful and doesn’t mind it being used (with credits if you like), could you let us know either from the contact form on this site or via the Twisted Note Records Facebook page.
Other than that, it’s sessions, writing, touring, recording for both of us over the next 3 months.
I shall mostly be doing a Sunshine dance tonight to keep the rain away tomorrow. It’s a bank holiday weekend and we need sun. RB Currently in the local coffee shop with PT making a plan for the day & pondering the Looper setup for the ‘Make it up’ tune. Lunchtime gig tomorrow in Aylesbury, Kingsbury Sq @ 12.15 where we shall be playing as many notes as we possibly can in half an hour ! Hope to see you there. Pete & Rob
Just wanted to say hi to everybody that found the FB page ( thanks to Mr Blackwood !) Just to catch up..Pete’s been away doing proper gigs and I’ve been in the studio doing proper recording in between bouts of Olympic fever. Love it.. Some amazing inspiring moments. Normal service will resume end of next week as Pete and Rob have a couple of little gigs coming up. I’ll post the dates up shortly. Off to do a gig.. Have a great evening. RB
It's around 4.30 am and much as I have nothing against our feathered friends, there is one outside that has an amazing tune, it's very loud, fairly complex and annoying. I know I could shut the window in the hope I'll drift off again, but the sound is now etched into my head. Time to get up, make tea & get the recorder out for future sonic manipulation. RB
Tried to get on with projects this last week but it flew by. I spent a few days recording & being filmed as part of a documentary on Hojo. Nice bunch of people over from the states made up the film crew. A mixture of acoustic & Electric versions of the songs. Managed to get to see Prometheus one night… Amazing film, lots to think about, the odd cliche or reference to something else but a fantastic film. Still not quite sure what it all meant as it seemed to me a few holes weren’t filled but maybe the follow up will clear that up. Really liked the score.. Well worth going to see if you haven’t already. Monday is back in the studio getting on with the stuff I didn’t manage to get on with last week including editing some new Pete & Rob ideas we worked on before PT went to the States as well as the Tilt project with Steve Vantsis & Dave Stewart. Have a great week… RB
Mixed a media project today, played with Final Cut Pro X for half an hour ( I love it even though proper editors abandoned it in their droves, but then I don’t make my living from it ). Went for a head clearing walk & got soaked through from the British summer. Home, dry off before helping Mel organise a new exhibition in the gallery. Good day.. Tilt guitars to finish tomorrow.