At last - we've finally arrived at the final stages of our long journey in making this record. In fact, today is one of our last days of mixing! I am sitting - as I type - behind mixing wizard Tom Tierney as he dials in the sounds soon to reach your ears . . .
It's hard to believe that right now, from the vantage point of early December, that this adventure began so many moons ago . . . Here's a quick time line of our lives over these last few months:
December 2011, January + February + March 2012
We are rehearsing like crazy, playing shows in the Northeast and planning to make a record. . .
"A record! But how?!"
We launch our Kickstarter campaign and are overwhelmed and overjoyed by crowd response!
Tracking begins at Spaceman Sound. Happiness abounds.
With our basics tracked - John, Jake, Aaron and I venture up to Crumm Creek (a cabin in the woods of upstate NY) to work on overdubs. Aaron wails on the vibes, John romances the cello (and the recording equipment) and Jake tears our faces off with guitar sounds to melt the sky above.
Soon, after several days of editing and comping overdubs in my living room in Brooklyn, the songs begin to grow, they have life!
Then - SURPRISE! - Aaron and I take a leap into the wild and begin touring with These United States, opening for our new friends Trampled by Turtles!
The first leg of tour ends and we jump back into the studio to track vocals and pedal steel before heading back out on the road again with TUS, playing this time with The Heartless Bastards!
June + July + August + September 2012
Aaron and I are exhausted but happily still touring our minds to pieces with TUS, from east to west to middle to east to north to east again.
Finally in late September, we get a break! Back to the studio - Tom and I roll up our sleeves and get the songs cleaned up and ready for more overdubs and mixing.
After a few final shows with TUS - Aaron and I say farewell to our new tourmates and head our separate ways.
BUT no break from the touring life for this one, however . . . I head out on the road yet again for a six week intense national tour! This time, however, as a guitar tech for my dear friend and amazing musician Kaki King in support of her new incredible record Glow (which I highly recommend!).
Still wrangling guitars (all seven of them, the little beasts!) with Kaki.
We have a little tour break for Thanksgiving and Tom and I duck into the studio to begin the first round of mixing!
Just a few more shows with Kaki on the east coast before getting back into the studio to finish up (fingers crossed!) the mixing process!
and THAT bring us up to date . . . NOW, HERE'S WHERE WE'RE GOING!
January + February 2013
Mastering and pressing! Sticker making! Reward creating!
And THEN one grand old party of mailing madness, finally getting this project to you fine people, without whom this record would not have happened as gracefully or joyfully as it has.
We are SO excited. Thanks again for coming along for the ride, and well, for making this ride happen in the first place.
Happy holidays to you all!