In February, the band (and a few close friends) spent a Los Angeles weekend recording basic tracks for our next CD release. Basic tracks generally mean the band as we sound live: guitar; bass; drums and vocals. To this we had time left over to add some additional guitar parts and various percussion instruments (shaker, tambourine etc.). We exceeded our own high expectations, leaving town after four days with 12 almost completed songs. At least they seemed almost completed after starting from scratch.
Back in San Diego, we have begun recording additional backing and harmony vocal tracks. This work is still ongoing. Keyboard parts will also be recorded soon. At that point, we should be just about finished and ready to mix. But knowing the band's penchant for adding this and that to our previous recordings, we still may find some additional pieces to these puzzles. To close with the ultimate recording band cliche; this sounds like the best thing we've ever done!
(photo by Mark Tucker)