With the November 3 release of Elegant Party Animals still sorta fresh, here are seven facts about our new studio album that no one asked for:
1. This is our first studio album!
Even though we've been recording and releasing our music on bandcamp for about 4 years now- including 3 EPs and 2 collections of bedroom/basement demos- this is the first time we've gone into a studio and had some adult supervision during the recording and mixing process. I think we were all kind of nervous about what that would entail, but the recording engineer Chris at the Noise Floor in Dover NH zeroed in on exactly what we were trying to do, and was able to capture us playing these tunes at what I believe is our best right now.
2. It was all recorded and mixed in 2.5 days
We originally planned to go into the studio over labor day weekend and record 4 songs for an EP or something (that original list was Dehorned Unicorn, Sassy Assassin, Yukeathanasia, and Sea Anonymity). But we wrapped up tracking those early in the afternoon on the first day, so over the next day or so we tossed out a few that we'd been playing for a while (and another newish one called Broken Record, which might actually be my favorite of the bunch right now), so then we ended up with recording 9 songs in total, all of which we felt were keepers :)
3. The songs were tracked almost completely live
This definitely helped the recording process go much faster. The guitar, bass, and drums were all recorded as we played together in the room (and naturally we'd do several takes so we could listen back to and pick the best one) and then the vocals were overdubbed later. If there were obvious mistakes on the drums, then we'd scrap it and start a new take. But any mistakes on guitar or bass we'd punch-in a fix before moving on. And then in a few spots (first verse of Sea Anon, end of Broken Record, and solo on Meet My Cat) additional lead guitar was layered on to give the songs a little something extra.
So really the only exception to this was how we recorded Sassy Assassin. We were having a little trouble nailing the intro, although on our third attempt things seemed pretty solid... until a guitar string broke in the first minute. But we pressed on and finished the take anyway and it ended up being the keeper, despite the guitar sounding totally fucked up. So anyway, we had to go back and redo most of the guitar part on that song.
Otherwise, what you hear on the recording is us simply in a room playing together on a good day, and I think that gives the songs a natural feel that I really enjoy when listening back. And be sure to check out the solo in the second half of Broken Record - it's probably my favorite 69 seconds on Elegant Party Animals :)
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