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(With apologies to Jim Butcher)
So, we have this record we’re working on that’s been keeping us a bit busy. Not as busy as I’d like, though. I’m a veteran at this recording thing – the first demo I did that wasn’t “set up a boom box with two mics and record live” was in an 8 track project studio in Manassas as part of one of the band members’ recording course – so I’ve done everything but a “true” high-end studio like Ocean Way or the like. All of them have pluses and minuses. This time, once again, Division is recording the record ourselves.
One of the benefits of recording it yourself is time. Time to fix things that are bothering you, and that you know will bug the crap out of you for years. Time to get it right, to get the right performances, to tweak it just a bit more.
This is also a trap.
There’s no timer with a dollar sign attached to it – and believe me, that can be some serious motivation at $40 an hour. If you’re the person running the project, it’s easy to put things off or get burnt out and step away for a while – and the record drags on forever. Discipline and scheduling are required. Life, unfortunately, sometimes gets in the way. You do things like say “hey, let’s take a break to help our friends with their CD release”, and next think you know you’re a month behind, playing catch up.
There *will* be a Division record next year. Count on it. It just may be a little later than I wanted it. What we have (mostly bass and drums) sounds great.
Sometimes, though, life is easier with a shot clock.
(Hey, REO is from IL, right?)
So we embark on our first road trip with the current lineup on Saturday morning, heading for Midwest Metal Anthem at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL. Five guys in one Toyota Sequoia driving 11 hours and leaving at 5AM – what could possibly go wrong?
We haven’t been to Chicagoland in quite some time, given all the lineup changes of the past few years. My wife is even giving me a pass on our anniversary so I could make this happen! I’m hoping to see our usual cast of crazies (Lotesto and Such, I’m looking at YOU) out and having a good time, and, as always, a big thanks to Ray and John for hosting this thing.
It’s $10, for each night of quality metal – what reason do you have for NOT showing up? We’ll be playing a lot of new stuff, so if you’d like to check it out before you head down, you can hear some samples from the pre-production demos in the player below. C’mon out and bang some heads – we’re there on Saturday (right after Scar, Inc), so if you can make it for only one day, well, you know which one!
My coworkers often ask about my shows. I guess the question I get asked the most is “do you still get nervous before a show?”
It builds over the course of the day leading up to show, no matter how busy I am, and no matter what distractions I have. “Do I have everything?” Yes. “Even batteries for the wireless?” Yes. “Even batteries for Scott’s wireless, since he’ll forget them?” Yes.
Tonight adds multiple layers of concern, since a.) we’ve never played at The Pinch before, b.) this is the first show with Marc in over ten years, and c.) you always wonder: Are we really ready?
My nervousness always ends when the lights go down. Come out to The Pinch (all ages, 7PM, $8) and see how we address my concerns, and enjoy some butt-kicking metal from Burning Shadows, Death Penalty, and Suffer No Guilt while you’re at it.