Archive for June, 2010


Marshall = Want

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I’ve been fortunate that my friend “The Deuce” has lent me his Marshall JCM800 amp and cabinet while he’s off camping for a few days.

Maybe fortunate isn’t the right word, because now I really want one of these.

I’ve cut several guitar tracks thus far, and it’s been fun.  For some tracks I wanted some feedback so I played the part kneeling in front of the amp.  It felt like church.  Well, a church where there is a wall of roaring guitar in your face at jet engine volume.

I restrung the SG and used it for some of the parts.  The combination of that guitar and the amp create this amazing “biting” guitar sound, and the tracks really have more presence than tracks I’ve recorded using other amps.

The thing is, I haven’t been able to turn it up past volume = 1.  I can’t even imagine what it would sound like at higher volume levels because it’s deafening at 1.  Now that, my friends, is rock and roll.

On track

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Amazingly we’re being super-productive as of late.  Despite the fact that Mike continues to forget studio night (even though most of northeast Ohio knows when it is), we’re forging ahead and finishing track after track (okay, to his credit, he did do a Sunday “make-up” studio to track some bass today).

The 11 songs we chose to focus on at the beginning of the year are in the final mixing stages, or mixed.  We’re scheduled to return to Ante Up studios in July to start mastering a couple.  We’ve also been steamrolling through getting tracks laid down for another ten or so songs that have been sitting around for a while.

At this rate we’ll have cleared the pipeline by the end of 2010 (!), and hopefully we can focus on some newer compositions that are already written, as well as getting back to some jamming and idea generation.

Oh yeah, and hopefully some people out there like what we’ve come up with…

Coverage 4

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Yet another potential album title/cover. It’s definitely higher on the list right now than “Ticket to Meat”. Sorry, Mike.