Well, we’re nearly there as far as the first cuts from Future Fiction’s album go – this track, ‘Blood Sweat & Tears’ is number 4 out of the 5 we have ready so far.
This track was one of those ‘growers’. The basic demo that Kilmer produced had sketches of most of the parts that you will hear but rehearsals for many weeks kept throwing up new ideas and arrangements for the song.
Fortunately we managed to get a form ready for the recording which, I think, is the best arrangement we had experimented with. I remember it as one of the tracks that was recorded (drum part at least), that was done in just two or three takes.
Next up will be the more relaxed ‘Blue.’ After that we’re looking at recording the last two tracks sometime in May so I’ll keep you posted on that.
The mighty Fusion Orchestra 2 take to the stage at The Railway, Winchester on 17th April so we’ve started ‘catch up’ rehearsals this week. We are pretty regular with our rehearsals anyway but with any gig it’s a good idea to tighten things up a little.
For this third outing of the new line up we will be looking especially at improving our ‘stage presence’ and interaction. It’s one thing having some good chops but quite another to put on a good show.
It’s all too easy with prog, which can be complicated, let’s face it, to just put your head down and concentrate on your individual parts. The thing we’re looking at over the next few weeks are the points in the show where we can make a bit more of it / have some fun with the music and the audience as well.
Other Fusion Orchestra 2 news is that we have appointed Zoe Croune as Promoter and Manager. We’re all very excited by this new phase of FO2 and I’m looking forward to hearing her input and advice. It’s always good to have another pair of eyes and ears considering your material.
Small Mercies took to the stage a couple of weeks ago – or rather, took to the local pub table! Paul and I did about 5 tunes, taking it in turns with some of the other regulars at The Woolpack .
What struck me most was the supportive and encouraging atmosphere of the group. It was a far cry from the slightly tense backstage waiting that accompanies most performances.
Plus, the Cajon was so lovely – just tuck it under my arm, play and walk away without having to worry about lugging that heavy kit about. Nice.
Since then Paul and I have continued to work on our set, looking to have a good few numbers under our respective belts, of various styles, so that we may venture out into other venues!
Well, that’s all for this week in drumming world. Next time I hope to have the next tack from Future Fiction and who knows, some tales to tell from the FO2 gig!
‘Til next time,
- Future Fiction – Album tracks released (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Future Fiction Album tracks – Between the Lines (part 2) (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Blast from the past – ish! (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Future Fiction – Between The Lines (Pt 1) (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Future Fiction – first track! (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Pushing Energy Onto Tape (rattledrum.wordpress.com)