Day 2...Today was smashing! We played our rocky, raucous, hard-hitting tunes, all 5 song went down without a struggle! Very happy. Just after dinner Ben was attacked by a small possum who we’ve been told has a reputation for mischief.
Tired now and needing some down time. Haven’t stopped since we left Melbourne.
Day 3 was HARD! It’s started awesomely though… we opened the day with Justin’s tune ‘Small Things’ a New Orleans-esq, Ry Codder, Little Feat-ish kinda song. Sean (the engineer) suggested using an old Brisbane made ‘Dandy’ kick drum for the song to get a more old school sound. So sat on my drum throne doing my darnedest to channel Levon Helm as we lay down a few takes. To my surprise, we had the song nailed in 3 takes.
We moved on to ‘You don’t know what I need’, four on the floor, bluesy, finger-picking number…. Big Bill Broonzy type thang, that’s when trouble hit. Or first take was great, but Edmondo wasn’t happy with his bass sound and wanted to move from using fingers to a pick. The pick tone was totally the ticket; it suited the relentless, driving nature of the tune. The only thing is, now my kick drum and Ed’s bass notes had to be perfectly in time, and I mean perfectly! We tried of 3 hours to get it down as a band, alas, no joy. Eventually we put down a take with Justin, Ben and myself with the view of Ed over-dubbing his bass. Will it work? Who bloody knows ey.
We moved onto two brand new songs, Justin’s ‘Pick up the phone’ and my song ‘Everything’. We’ve only been playing these for around 3 weeks so they're still finding their feet. ‘Everything’ was a task to get right as the arrangement is a little complicated and we still don’t really know it but heart but ‘Pick up the phone’ went down with much drama at all. I took all the dampening off my tom to get some epic sounding open drum fills on the song…. Sounds pretty killer…. I think.
Today felt like an up-hill marathon.
Various members of the STILLSONS clan.