Well it’s been another busy few weeks in musicland. I must say that I appreciate times such as these, when plans seem to be bearing fruit in a steady progression.
I’ve been working with James Kilmer on his album project for a few months now and we’re going into the studio next week to begin putting down the tracks on the first ‘Future Fiction’ album.
We were introduced by my good friend Shemeck (bass player with FO2) and it’s been fun having him alongside in the rhythm section. Local singer Derek Came completes the line -up so far, though I hear there is a keyboard player coming to work on the tracks once they’re down.
It’ll be good to be back in the studio so this week I’ll be making sure I put some time in with a click-track so my timing on the tracks are tight. Speaking of tight, the schedule is quite tight too, we’re trying to get 3 drum tracks down on one day, so I’d better make sure I know my chops!
Here is a possible album cover, which aims to show the type of music Future Fiction are aiming for – We hope it comes across as a mixture of Modern Rock-Prog with a heavy dose of melody!
Not to be outdone the mighty Fusion Orchestra 2 have been busy working on the recordings for ‘Leaving It All Behind’ and ‘Secret Shadow’. In many ways one of the perks of being the drummer is that you can get in first, do your best at your recording and then wait to see how the whole thing comes out at the end – which means it’s generally a pleasant surprise!
A bit like doing a sketch and then returning to find that your few lines have been turned into a full blown painting.
And that’s especially so with the creative folk at Starship FO2 headquarters – e-mail and post rehearsal conversations reveal that new parts have been written, lyrics amended, parts cut (!) and generally re-assembled to suit the tracks as Ben slaves over the hot mixing desk.
And if you can’t wait, here’s another chance to catch FO2 at work and at play in Mr. Dee’s video ‘How was that?’ As you’ll guess from the above, ‘LIAB’ and ‘Marrow’ (as Secret Shadow is fondly known) weren’t ready to be included on the sampler, but we’re hoping they will be available soon!
(The idea of the sampler was to give folk a chance to hear – and now see – the band in action, without having to listen to a whole song. We do recognise that for non-prog fans the prospect of a 15 minute track could be a little daunting!)
And last, but by no means least, Paul Diss and I have picked up rehearsing again after a rather fraught Christmas schedule, so Small Mercies (Find us on Facebook) should be making an appearance at a local pub next month.
Small Mercies is just Paul and myself playing a selection of Americana, folk and ‘just good songs’ in an intimate acoustic duo.
No studio time, no click tracks, no pressure – a little oasis in an increasingly busy world.
It’s all about balance.
‘Til next time,
- “How Was That?” FO2 Video (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Spinedance = Solo time! (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Adventures in Album Cover Creation (grandmalin.wordpress.com)