I can’t believe we’re in February already! What the hell happened to January? Wait a minute. I can tell you what the hell happened to me in January. With the exception of one piece of good news which I’ll share with you momentarily, January 2017 was a clusterfuck. Apologies on the vulgarities, but there’s no other good way to put it. January was a giant clusterfuck. Each week it was one bad thing to replace the other and I felt like I couldn’t escape it. I was like Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV when Drago was kicking his ass from corner to corner. By the way, why the hell didn’t that ref stop that fight after about round 2 or 3? Anyway, I digress. What the hell, January? I haven’t had such a bad time in about 5.5 years. I suppose as equally as odd, I didn’t let it completely ruin my mood as before. I wish I could tell you how or why it was, but maybe it’s because I’m in such a good place emotionally that even with past 5 weeks of spectacular and individual train wrecks, I’m such a stronger and more mature person emotionally that I just let that shit slide. All I can hope for now is that February is a good month and makes up for January, the party pooper.
As for the good news that I mentioned a paragraph before, the idea that has been floating around for at least 2 years with the band is finally going to happen this May. Let me back track a bit. 6 years ago last month, we recorded our album “Zombie Platter” in an advertising agency that just happened to sometimes double as a recording studio. This was the 4 of us’ first time ever actually recording music and we had no idea of what to expect or much less what the hell we were doing. To be honest, we barely knew our songs well enough to go in there and record them. But we were ambitious and had the desire to do it and we did.
You can stream that album now on your streaming service of choice (Spotify, iTunes Music, Google Play, etc.) by either searching by our band name, Searchlight Needles, or the album title “Zombie Platter”, by the way.
Anyway, 2 years ago while on a trip to visit one of the guys in the band, we caught a performance by the band Quiet Company. They were playing at a bar somewhere in Deep Ellum in Dallas whose name escapes me, but anyway these guys were incredible! Their energy on stage was electric and palpable. They had a dude selling a couple of their albums and some other merch, so Gonzo bought two albums of theirs. It was a great thing he did because about 2 hours west of the DFW metroplex we put the CDs on and it inspired us to re-record our album. Ever since we finished the album and played it back for ourselves we actually learned the songs better (if that makes any sense) and therefore played them even better on stage. Not only that, but the favorite tunes that we play at every gig eventually started to morph and mutate as we spiced things up with new fills and new energy to each song. Gonzo and I thought that the way we play the songs now are better than the way we recorded them so why not give them the definitive editions of them, right? So, we brought the idea to the other 3 guys in the band at the time (the lead guitarist has since moved out of town, but wasn’t part of the band when we recorded either) and they were all for it.
Of course, nothing came of it until April or so of last year when we went to practice at a recording studio in town that also rents out practice space. The guys in the band thought “Why not record us live in a single take instead of the way you’re supposed to record music?! (which is tracking each instrument individually, in case you were wondering)” We all agreed that it would be cool to do that and try it out, so when we approached the people at the recording studio we practiced at with the idea we got something to the effect of “Ahhh… well… that’s really not the way you’re supposed to record albums… blah blah blah.” And I almost felt like telling them “We know, guys! We did one; we just want to record this way instead! Would you want to do it or not?” But we just brushed them off and off went the idea.
The idea never died in these past couple of months though and for some reason the idea really gained traction again last month and we tried to reach out to the same recording studio again and got no response (F those guys, by the way. I won’t mention their name, but F THEM!), so Gonzo reached out to a friend of the band who played in gigs with his band before I joined up because he had recording equipment back in the day. Turns out that he apparently still had some of the stuff but didn’t really record anything anymore but he knows a guy who does and got us in contact with him. This guy, Chris, is a BADASS. Instead of stopping Gonzo and I during our initial meeting to discuss the project at “Well, what we want to do is record the 4 of us playing at the same ti…”, he was all for it! That alone was a fresh enough take to be open minded enough to want to be a part of it, it made us excited for it. We couldn’t wait to tell the other two guys in the band that our meeting was a success and we were going to do it if they were up for it and the ball started rolling there. It what has seemed to be perfect and beautiful timing, a gorgeous and new recording studio has opened up in town by the name of Star City Studio, and as you can see from the article I linked to, these people have created not only a recording studio, but a gorgeous masterpiece AND so happened to have THE perfect place to do what we want to do, which is record live and that’s what we’re going to do in Studio C. I recorded a YouTube video that shows the centralized control room and Studio C to show to the guys, but more for myself so that I’d remember just how excited I was to see the place where one of the best moments in my life will happen. Yes, I called it already! This will be a big accomplishment. We’re going to release it to the world so that it can be heard and purchased on every platform imaginable (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc.), so that will make two albums of our hard work and dedication that I can show the world. Show the world that I did something. I left a mark. I existed. I hope it really takes off and makes at least a little bit of noise, if even just locally.
So, we’ll see what happens! We’re going to record 15 songs live on May 27th of this year in front of whoever wants to show up and be a part of (at least our) history. I can’t wait. Our practices and preparations are going to start next week, so I’m sure that things will start to take shape then!
Life is looking up. Hopefully for you all as well.