Anekdoten are in Montreal this weekend playing their debut album Vemod (1993) for its 30th anniversary. I hope all you Québécois people got to see them. In the meantime, I am in the studio in Texas and I’ve been working on Space Summit 2 with Jed, drummer Jason and engineer Kevin, and the funny thing is that even when you are in the studio, not venturing outside, doors closed, the outside world completely shut off, it still feels like Sunday.
The spring flies are on the march, I saw a butterfly landing on the roof and a sparrow hopping around outside the open studio door, another bird singing a tune hidden in a tree packed with recent leaves. There are new shoots, bright light green growing out of the trunks. The wild creatures are the only thing that’s moving outside as the afternoon has put rest to the runners walking their dogs in Sunday togs. A cloudy sky conceals the sun but the heat squeezes through, albeit with a little less bite.
I haven’t been getting to guitars, it’s looking more and more like these five days are to get down as many drum tracks as we can and work on everything else later. We should take advantage of having Jason available for these five days, other overdubs we can do anywhere. So I may not be playing much guitar and/or bass as we try to get as many beds down as possible.
We have a whiteboard in the studio and I draw the squiggly lines and tick off instruments we have recorded. Usually, it’s all the instruments and it helps us keep track of what’s done but now we just have ticks for the drums and one bass. You should have seen it for the Valley of Salt project!
Last but not least New Zealand haven’t been able to trademark Manuka honey. My 250g/8.8 Oz jar cost $26, expensive but there are anti-bacterial properties, I’m sure it’s helping my throat.
Music today has been Love and Rockets‘ Earth, Sun, Moon (1987) because it’s come up a couple of times in the last week and it’s never too late to discover this band, especially as they are out touring again out of the ashes (geddit) of Bauhaus.