As work on our second album continues, the big picture is starting to unfold. After finishing all work on drums and bass, and being half way through vocal recordings, we took one sunny Saturday noon in order to record a string quartet. This was to be our greatest challenge yet.
If you've been following our demo recordings, you've probably heard the string quartet on
An Essence Recycled Recipe For Eternity and Replacing People. Naturally, what appears on the demo was not recorded but rather placed with the use of samples. Good samples, but samples nonetheless. Recording a quartet is a different story altogether.
Since none of us are actually classically trained, it was a bit difficult to speak music with this group of four classical musicians. Mainly, the fact that we provided them with music sheet as accurate and detailed as the Cubase feature allowed us to (and with the assistance of the quartet's cellist, Neta Cohen-Shani) suddenly became obsolete when one of the players asked us questions about the notes, and our rock musician note reading skills made it difficult for us to answer.
The session lasted four hours, for a total of two songs. Since the entire quartet needs to be recorded together (for reasons of resonance etc.) the songs had to be played over and over and over, until we were sure we have enough good takes to use. This was also done in order to achieve the best performance, as the stringers were all playing their parts prima vista. And there were some pretty complicated parts, indeed.
Meanwhile, we carry on with the recording of vocals. The progress until this point has been quite satisfactory. Although we've hit a few walls, some that have actually drove us into rewriting certain lyrics, but overall we're making good time. With two more vocal sessions left (I hope), all that remains is recording some guitars and we're pretty much done. Not too bad!
Check out our Facebook group for more photos of this exhausting yet satisfying event.
On completely unrelated news, we attended the studio yesterday for some more vocal recordings. We finished An Essence Recycled, Walking Graveyards and Too Many Regrets – not bad at all! This leaves us with six more songs to record vocals for. Later this week we will be recording a string quartet at the studio. Should be fun!
After much delay, announcements and indecisions, tomorrow we'll be going into the studio to start recording our second album. We will be recording drum tracks for six songs at Bardo Studios, which will be followed by another drum session later in March. Naturally, the rest of the work will performed at the Domain Studios, similar to the previous album. We will of course keep you posted about our progress and share some of our experiences as well as photographs from the studio.
Meanwhile, today marks the sixth anniversary of my discharge from Israel Defense Force. Woohoo! Man, has it really been that long? I could say that this is all somehow symbolic, the come of full circle of sorts, but it's not, so I won't.
If you've been looking for another chance to download A Prescription for Paper Cuts in its wholeness including the booklet art, here it is. Since we are currently out of stock, we don't mind sharing this with you. Just click here and download away!
The concert at the Sublime on the 13rd is going to be our last for the time being, as we are going into the studio to record our full length second album! Here's one more reason you should absolutely not miss this show (ther being that it's completely FREE)