The Whiskey Daredevils are ready to make their new full length. If you have been to any shows recently, I’m sure you have noticed new material creeping in and starting to sound more assured. That’s part of the usual game plan. Here’s how it works. Greg and Gary sit on Gary’s porch and write some basic song structures. The band goes into the basement and pounds out variations of those songs until Leo’s neighbors think to themselves “Why can’t they get that chorus right?” and “Will they please stop playing that over and over and over.”. After there is a slight degree of confidence in a song, it gets dropped into the set list. Some poor little songs never make it out of the basement, although they may have a bridge or verse that lives again later in another song in the future. Don’t feel bad for those discarded songs though. They weren’t that good anyway.
When you play the songs out in front of people, that’s when you know if they are any good. For example, when you play something new and everyone immediately walks away from the stage to take a leak, that’s an example of a song that might not make the next release. If there is some engagement, like if someone says after the show “I want to buy the CD of that new song.”, that usually means we’ll play the song more until the training wheels come off. When we get 14 of those, it’s about time to record. Right about now, we have 14 of those. Yes, we are going to record.
Recording is a tremendous pain in the ass that is always more tedious and time consuming than you think it is going to be. We will sit behind a mixing board and debate a small ringing in a ride cymbal for two hours that no one but us and the engineer will ever notice. We will struggle with a backing vocal part that will get mixed so low that most people can’t even hear it. It’s all worth it when it turns out well, but you are usually so sick of hearing it in playback that you won’t know if it’s any good until four years later when it mysteriously pops up in an iPod shuffle or CD mix. That’s when you perk up and say “You know. That sounds pretty good…. But that ride cymbal is ringing.”
It’s going to be quiet on the gig front for the next few weeks as Gary will be playing a few Rocket From the Tombs shows here in the Midwest. We will be hitting it again starting in Erie on Oct 26th right through the Holiday Season. At some point before now and then, we will knock out this new CD, add a bunch of new shows, and work out European Tour details. There’s some exciting shows in the works right now, so stop in to the website to stay in the loop.