Recently I've felt a sense of writer's block, and that I just couldn't find the time to develop the sort of momentum I'm used to when I get into a creative streak. So today I decided that I was going to simply force myself through it. I sat down at about 10 am in front of an empty project with no idea what would happen. It's now just past 7:30 pm and I have this. (To answer your question, I have no idea when I'll have a full album done.)
Ok, this isn't really new music, but for the vast, vast, VAST majority of you it will be, and I'm confident the other 3 will be as hearing it for the first time. A long time ago in a reappropriated warehouse far, far away, three friends wrote an album of music that for various and uninteresting reasons never really went anywhere. For 12 years it has been basically collecting dust in tucked away corners of the internet, almost immediately obscure and forgotten. Behold! It has been remixed and remastered! Maybe because I've felt nostalgic recently, or maybe for not any good reason at all. But I think this is what these songs always should have sounded like. This is three people that took a lot of time writing and revising and practicing their music and then recorded it in a matter of days. There were no tricks or fancy equipment (including click tracks), and even though we were in our early/sub 20s, in a lot of ways these songs still represent something I can aspire to in what I have yet to write. It has been really fun listening to this again and learning riffs that made sense to my brain over a decade ago. And I'm proud that I was artistically mature enough to record an album in the mid-oughts that only had 2 pinched harmonics on it. This album was done in collaboration with my friends Adam Castle (who I worked with on the Cloudkicker album Fade as well) and Christian Johansen. I used to give Adam so much shit for his drumming but looking back on it, he was absolutely killing it. And Christian's bass riffs are so on point it makes me bummed that I always just kind of tolerated his style because it was different than mine. But these are 30s feelings, not 20s feelings. Now join me as we travel back to a time when I hadn't even started listening to Meshuggah yet, when calling things "post-something" was just coming into vogue, when breakdowns were king, and when having a part-time job was considered a burdensome responsibility. Before Cloudkicker, before BM Sharp on Myspace, but we were definitely starting to get the hang of it. Enjoy!
To everyone that has ordered something from Bandcamp in the last month: Apparently the link between Bandcamp and Whiplash (my shipping provider) was severed sometime in mid-April and no one noticed it. I have no idea how that happened as the page where one sets that up is in a fairly obscure section of the website that I don't click through often if ever. I don't monitor the status of whether or not shipments are making it from Bandcamp to Whiplash because there haven't been any major problems in the 5 or so years I've been using them. But I'll take the blame for not staying on top of things. That said, I really wish Bandcamp would work on their shipping/third-party link interface instead of doing stuff like creating a subscription service that I find less than useless. I've made a handful of suggestions but I think that since I'm not a typical user they get filed in a pretty deep cabinet somewhere. What this means for you is that I'm in contact with Whiplash to try to fix the problem (of course I noticed it the day before a long weekend) but it might take a few days to get it sorted. I'm sorry about the waits some of you have experienced.