When we began “Spree” we considered the general themes seen in Irish songs and ballads. Over and over the revolving theme seemed to be a tale that started out with the best of intent only to end adversely or in outright tragedy. Another thing we noticed was, although some songs have historical content or simple and altruistic themes, that there weren't too many newer songs. The result of this perspective inspired us to write some new material. Looking at what we had written it seemed appropriate that this group of songs could easily be associated on one project
"Spree" started to take shape for the four of us at that time,( Cam Meyers, Chris Sherwood, Todd Allen and Tim Sanphy ) in an old lingerie factory in Sayre, Pa. We spent an intense 8 hours recording Cam. We learned a lot from that experience. Cam's meticulous attention to detail set us up for a level of perfectionism that would set the tone for the rest of our recording sessions. After that day we basically decided, and perhaps it wasn't always verbalized between us, that no matter what it took we would take the time to get it right. We all knew it was the only way. There were a few times later on that one or more of us would get a little frustrated and say let's just settle and move on. Inevitably, we would decide to shoulder in a little more or put the idea aside, sometimes for months.
The other thing we learned from that day was that that recording the band the way we wanted to would take more than our own skills. Yes, we finally learned about mic placement and software manipulation, however, to get it right it would take another set of skills that are as developed as any developed musical ability. This lead us to the music studio of Brian Hughes in Corning, NY. Brian understood our intensity, our musical direction, as well as appreciated the style we were attempting to create. We knew at the time that we found a great match in Brian, and in hind sight we learned a lot from our sessions with him as well.
The biggest lesson we learned from the Hughes session was composition. We had a lot of pieces to a larger puzzle. Brian has the ability to see and hear the entire picture and the ability to construct a full idea from budding concepts. Our sessions with Brian included some complete tracks with both Cam and Todd on the drums. Brian's ability to see the entire picture is how we were able to recreate "Lily's Ghost", and laid the stonework for the "Devil Has My Backpack", "Wild As The Heather", "Walk Away" and revisiting our instrumental sets. This ground work also helped us develop more for our live show. Time Spent with Brian was invaluable and what we got to keep was golden.
From there we took the session to Allen Orshall and the media arts program at the BOCES in Horseheads. Allen's experience spans a wide gamut of media recording and processing. He and his students did an excellent job capturing our live sound and helping us put together the big picture. It was around this time that Padraic O'Hare returned to Kilrush. Padraic brought back all the skills and feeling of being live. He is able to do this in the studio, as well as he does this on the stage. Although Allen and his students were very profesisonal and right on in so many ways, Kilrush needed to step back and evaluate where we were both musically as well as creative direction. So we took our sessions to Todd's basement. Time there was spent learning and relearning the new songs and reapplying all we learned from our previous sessions; capturing more and more tracks and redefining the style we originally intended. You could say it was there the material solidified, and we began to incorporate it into our live shows more.
In walked change again. Chris found himself with many irons in the fire and although this project had been very much on the forefront for him for some time, his other projects demanded more and more of his time. He felt that he couldn't give as much time as he would feel fair to the band with his time split in several directions. He continued to perform live through the end of the season and recorded some more essential tracks, then gracefully bowed out. He promised to see the CD project to the end when called on but the primary role on guitar was to be passed on to Dave Rice. Chris rejoined the recording sessions at Basment Audio, where he added the vocal and guitar tracks that would have been incomplete without him.
Dave was able to practice and perform with Chris for several months prior to stepping out. Chris gave more than a stamp of approval on Dave's skill and ability to front the guitar work from this point forward, as did the rest of us. Dave almost immediately was able to relate to the Kilrush style and then added in his own flare. As invaluable as he was on the guitar, his versatility and ear pulled everything back together for us. Doing this drove us right back to the basement. This time it was at Binghamton's Basement Audio, Dave's own studio. His experience recording is incredibly extensive. He has recorded and produced everything from hip hop to bluegrass...go visit his website...right now...well not now...after you are done here ! ;-) The best way I can think to describe watching Dave at work is that he does it naturally, innately. It is not an exaggeration that Dave can see music, recording with him is incredible. He is the final piece of the recording process for "Spree" and has spent as much time on the project as any of us and perhaps all combined. Dave sees the entire picture but even more, Dave creates music. The relationship we have with Dave is just that, creative. His recording style matches our creative process and I believe that he would agree. Spree is the culmination of that process.
The end result is a CD we are very proud to present to you. Actually more than just a CD, as when it was all said and done we realized we recorded too many songs for a single CD !!! That's why you will notice we are offering a reward incentive that includes "SPREE TRADITIONAL bonus TRACKS" These are must have additions to the Kilrush collections !
Risks and challenges
Time was both on our side and against us,.. luckily our fans remained true and patient- and we're pleased to be able to finally give them what they (and we) have been waiting for.
Fulfillment is really at the core of this fundraising campaign. If we meet our goal, we will be in an ideal position to get through the final stages of CD production, at which time our first priority is keeping our promise to our backers.
While we don't foresee any setbacks or "bumps in the road" at this stage of the project, we will make sure that one way or the other our backers receive what they are owed within as reasonable a time-frame as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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