Tonight a semi-truck collecting snow nearly tipped onto our parked van, Moeisha, while trying to cut a corner too close….Maybe this is a sign that we should find a permanent home for her. After the driver came a-knockin’ I was forced to drive the van around for a bit, while periodically checking back to see if he had made it out….Just as I suspected – stuck! After about forty-five mintues of this, I finally came to the conclusion that I’d better find ol’ Mo a home for the next couple days, or at least until the truck became unstuck. I decided to take her over to Todd and Devin’s place to bask in the glory of free visitor parking for a couple days. On the drive over I pondered over the predicament I was in…”God” I said “This is so much like Three Men and A Baby”…..We find ourselves constantly trying to find a home for our van and just when it’s settled for a bit, something gets fucked up. How often do we have to keep dumping the van off on each other when something bad happens. I feel so bad for our van…nobody wants her.
Upon the arrival of Moeisha’s new home for the next couple days I couldn’t help but wonder who would be who if the Fight were to take on the roles played in that movie….It takes a lot to be a Tom Selleck but, then again, how can you beat Sam Malone. Steve Guttenberg is a toughy too, however since there is four of us and only three in the movie, Todd and Devin would have to combine….therefore meaning they have to equal Tom Selleck (the only man with the strength, charm, and facial hair of two). Leaving Bradey and I to fight over Danson and Guttenberg…..You decide.
Yesterday, Devin came to my place around noon with recording gear in tow. We have secret plans to release an acoustic EP in the next few months, which I guess aren’t so secret anymore. We decided to work on a cover, Despistado’s “Burning House.” The first hour was spent playing with the tempo and arrangement. Then we took a break to pick up my brother from the mechanic, drop him off and get groceries for an afternoon breakfast. Todd showed up around 2pm and was kind enough to make the breakfast while we recorded the track. A few coffee’s later the guitar track was done and we were on to breakfast. We ate like champions, good work Todd. Vocals, a few takes, a few more coffees. Todd throws down keys. Todd throws down the shaker. Todd throws down tambourine. We all throw down a couple more vocals and call it a day. Once Devin has a mix done we’ll give you a listen.
We were grandpas getting passed on the highway by semi-trucks, happily behind the wheel one of the slowest vehicles on the number 2 highway this past Saturday morning. Devin, Erik, and I were on our way from Edmonton to Calgary to finish vocals for the record. Todd couldn’t make it because he had tickets to Freezing Man but he was with us in spirit, no doubt about that. Though the road conditions weren’t ideal, we made it in one piece and headed straight to our man Robbie’s place.
There was quite a bit of work to be done as we still had twelve songs to do vocals for. We moved at a quick pace knocking out three or four songs in the first few hours before getting some dinner. For dinner we went to a burger joint called Boogie’s, definitely recommend it if you’re in Calgary. Fantastic burgers. After our break we did another three songs before packing it in for the night. The first day went well, we managed to get through seven of the twelve. We headed to my brothers place to rest up for the night, Erik and I stayed up (or made our best attempt to stay up) to watch the Feist documentary we purchased On Demand. I left $4 on the table. It was pretty good. Time for bed. The blanket I slept with was far too small for my body, so every time I moved I’d wake up and have to readjust the blanket to cover me. Through all my tossing and turning, soon enough it was morning.
We bummed around my brothers place for a few hours, grabbed a quick breakfast and headed to finish up vocals around noon. I practiced a new one called “Houses” on the drive. It was nice to have made it through the majority of the material the day prior. With five tracks remaining, we took our time and took breaks to play with cats. Things went really smooth and we finished up tracking before 3pm. Robbie made us a copy of some rough mixes and we were on our way back to Edmonton shortly after.
There’s a few odds and ends left to get tracked, but it feels really good to be done our part. We’ll have mixes by the end of February. We’re working hard in the mean time, paying bills and paying rent.