My song/tempo list for record #3
What a stupid 3 months it has been. Justin and I both began recording solo records, and Ben's been on tour with Lumiere and co on The Celtic Divas Tour round OZ.... We have, of course been rehearsing for The Stillsons third record as well.
While there are a few brand new tunes most of the potentials for the new record have already been road tested on one, if not two tours... I guess we're hoping our knowledge and experience with each of them will translate into a record which reflects us as live band.
For those of you who aren't stalking us via Facebook, we've decided to record the bed tracks for the album in at Applewood Lane Studios, Queensland. Applewood is an old weather board church that has been converted into a recording studio and residence. Edmondo introduced us to it during our last foray in QLD. The space, location and living quarters at Applewood had obvious potential for Stillsons. We're always extremely busy when we are home in Melbourne and it's easy to get distracted from your goals.... writing, recording etc, so why not get away from the city and all other distractions? There's a cohesiveness and energy to the band once we're been on the road for a time, which isn't really something you can get for rehearsing alone (at least I think so). So it seemed logically, play a string of shows that would take us up to the studio... the band will be cooking... they'll be no distractions.... we'll be eating, sleeping, and playing with each other everyday, just like we would if we were on the road. Happy times. Applewood is the place the album will start it's life. *Sigh* Harmony.
So we leave in 4 days for the first show of our tour dubbed 'No Distractions Tour'. First stop, the nations capital CANBERRA and according to one of Fran Kelly's Radio National Breakfast guests "the most intelligent city in the world"...
10 days till blast off at Applewood.
__ Well we’re 5 days into the tour and I ain’t written nothing since Sydney. All our shows have been smashing good and I’m having a particularly good time with my drummin’ and singin’, so I’m a right old happy little chappy.
We played The Joynt on Saturday with Brothers Grim … all in all a totally cracking evening and to top it off the guys from the band are down to earth and completely genuine people. They came down to watch us yesterday at The Powerhouse then we followed em back down to The Joynt to watch their second show with Brissie band - Rattlehand.
Today is gonna be a mooching day. Playing at Ric’s Bar tonight with support from Alan Boyle. No doubt half The Goodship will come down to watch continue The Stillsons – Goodship romance.
_Well today I did the first leg of the long drive to Sydney. Justin rode shotgun so I had my personal iPod DJ. Listened to New Morning – Bob Dylan for the first time! Peter Rowan – Legacy. But the vibe was quickly ruined by Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits. I sat through 6 songs before politely requesting the new Ani DiFranco’s new album, which I’ve been waiting to listen to since I obtained it on Friday. Justin scanned my iPod only to discover that I hadn’t uploaded it correctly argghhh.
Onto lunch in Holbrook.
Ms Marples tea rooms used to be The Stillsons lunch spot of choice but upon re-evaluation the average sandwich mass has dwindled recently so we went forth to the Holbrook bakery … chicken and salad roll for $5.90 … can’t argue with can ya! Hello new lunch spot of choice
The coffee that I kept me in good stead for the drive came back to haunt me once I stopped driving, I couldn’t bloody sleep. I’m someone who can fall asleep pretty much on demand so when I can’t go to sleep I don’t cop with it pretty well.
Next highlight of the day was my post gig treat in the form of a rainbow paddle pop! Hmm Bit of a food theme going on now ey. Maybe I should be a food tourist instead. Currently driving to a hotel in Newcastle to stay the night. It’s YouTube time in the van and everyone is reminiscing the classic hits of their youth.
Secret Byron show tomorrow. Beach action me thinks.
_ After failing motivation on our last tour (Mammoth Tour ’12) to write a blog I thought I’d bust out the old typewriter.
Yes, we’re going hit the road again on April 11thsurprise, surprise! We’ve called it the Jimmy’s Treehouse Tour not really sure why, you’d have to ask our publicist.
Mean while I’ve been putting my nose to the grindstone trying to man up and finish a whole bunch of songs which have been haunting me since last February when I had a crazily fertile creative period. All my new songs have a common thread, they are all about my family. Not exactly un-charted territory, but I never get sick of listening to others family history so maybe others might be interested in mine. Hopefully I’ll get the courage to give them to the band before this next tour. … enough about that.
Some facts about Stillson driving habits in the tour van.
Justin accelerates towards red lights. Ben is a back seat driver. Me, I like to put everyone’s life in jeopardy by attempting to drive crazy distances without stopping, just to prove my salt.
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Wake up, yes, know that feeling, today is not a normal day. Launch day. Sore throat
Forget about sore throat, doesn’t every singer gets a sore throat at ‘important’ gigs?
Down to the Social Club, load in, set up, trying to slow down. Loving sound checks now. Off to play a couple of tracks on ‘Acid Country’ show on PBS FM. It’s an absolute pleasure to finally meet Dave, and he’s an absolute gent and is very generous with his time.
This is about as much as I can remember of the day, as our set went by so quickly, it was all a blur. I remember Yanto getting up and rocking the place, but I can’t remember much else. Just lots of very nice people coming saying ‘great set’. Maybe it’s nerves, or maybe that for the last two weeks before, we had been playing 3 hour sets up the east coast and not just an hour, it went by in a blip.
Back home for a shindig, plenty of snags and white bread, beers and smoke wafting around in the garden.
What a great day! Thanks to all those who came down, can you please remind me what happened at the gig?!!
Up early 6 hour drive to Maitland. Itching to play The Junkyard again. Always an absolute pleasure and a privilege …….
Well. We came, we play, we slayed, drank beer and ate a celebratory meat pie. Oh YEAHHH Sick gig. Everyone dug it. Biggest Junkyard turn out we’ve had so far. Lots of people from last time coming back and bringing their friends. Lots of yelling and screaming – just the why we like it. ‘Why don’t you need it’ ‘What I need’ and ‘In Violence’ are getting progressively more and more epic every night. Upstairs for staffies after. We sure are spoiled here.
Massive drive to Melbourne tomorrow – Franz has a departing at 7am.
Little acoustic performance at Roots Records in Bello this morning before we set off to Urunga. Tiny little store and some how we managed to fit in amongst the kids, parents and passers by who filed into watch.
Off to Urunga after- a massive 15 min drive to the next venue – Ocean View Hotel.
A lot of crew from The Federal and Root Records came down to watch us again. More familiar faces from our last gig here too. Everyone was up and shakin’ it by the second set. People of all ages to – I love these kind of country and coastal gigs. Everyone is up for a good time, young and old. Went to bed straight after the gig and couldn’t get to sleep, mind buzzing about the tour coming up in January. Cat
Love you Bellingen – you dance to all of our songs – fast, slow or frantic. You make us groove harder and wider. We had totally rad night! From Ballroom to Boot scooting to moshing you brains out., you did it all. LOVE YA! In our breaks we chilled out upstairs (where we were sleeping) – we had two groupies follow us up to drink beer and eat corn chip with us. Nice to see lots of familiar faces every time we come back to this town.
This man was spotted on our way to The Panics show
Tonight it's the beach hotel in Byron Bay. The first time any of us have played this venue. There will be wailing guitar, blistering steel, banging' drums and thundering bass....Benji
After The Beach show we briskly made our way to The Great Northern to catch the tail end of The Panics set! Was killer! Also big thanks to all the big group of girls who boot scooted to JIMMY'S TREEHOUSE......Catty
Wednesday, and it's onto the Rails in Byron Bay. Playing under the non de plume of The Stooping Parlour, for reasons we won't go into here, we look forward to cranking it up a little after two virtually acoustic gigs. Alas, sound restrictions force us to play a fairly subdued set, but still the crowd dug it, so who are we to argue. The night ends on the porch of The Great Northern Hotel drinking beer with The Panics who happen to be in town on tour.
Various members of the STILLSONS clan.