I trundled down to Birmingham last weekend, Cajon strapped to my back (very useful as a seat when waiting around) for a gig with “The Lowdown”. I posted the songs we recorded back in August HERE before I moved and since then they’ve carried on rehearsing (having beers and chatting) and have come up with a new set. So eight months later I was sent the new songs, we had a very quick run through them on the stairwell of the Lamp Tavern in Dudley and on we went!
Pete, a long time friend and recent band member, had his gigging and guitar/vocal debut and it went really well. I took along my Zoom R16 – the soundguy took a single feed from the desk straight into a mono-track so there wasn’t really much mixing I could do afterwards. We only played five tracks and the soundguy forgot to send the guitar to the track for the first couple of tracks so i’m not going to post those. Soooo……. here are three of them. Much beer and sore head the following day to say the least….. folk’n’roll…….
I Don’t Know
Onto other things….. Part 3 of the bionic tentacle trilogy is currently being re-programmed and will be up sometime soon. I’m still trying to juggle learning piano/recording/synthesis/software/drum programming/writing/theory/photography/drawing and spending too much time not doing any of it!
I’ve also added a links page HERE to just a few of the pages or places I enjoy, so check it out!
Here commeth Tentacle 3. I’ve had loads of short ideas buzzing around and finally got round to getting some of them recorded.
The details: I originally played the rhythm on v-drums, but it didn’t quite sound right for the laid back vibe i wanted, so I had a quick mess around on the cajon played using Vater cajon brushes
In the interests of going completely over the top, I double miked it! A bass drum mic at the back and a shure instrument mic at the front. With a lather of reverb, I love the result! I didn’t think a wooden box with a hole in could sound so cool!
I’ve also done my first ever short piano “solo” and, randomly, a shamisen solo (on keyboard of course). These were unplanned or rehearsed, so are left in with warts and all.
Credit also goes to the Blackbird in my garden who features in the track too.