Tuesday Night is Practice Night.
And it has been for a while now. We’ve been working hard over the last few months to put together fifteen new songs for our new record. Throughout that time, we’ve been able to get demos recorded, and we played a few of the new songs this Saturday at Iron Goat Brewery in downtown Spokane.
Though the new songs went well and the fans said they like them, all four of us felt like there were moments where we were uncertain and like we needed to make these songs tighter.
Our process thus far has been to really concentrate on one song per week, get a workable demo recorded, and then move on to the next song. The consequence of working this way is that we get the song down, then forget what we did because we haven’t played it in a few weeks.
Tonight’s Game Plan was Different.
After Saturday’s show, we all decided that fifteen songs was a good number to take with us to Georgia, and that we should focus on learning those songs as best we can before we head down there so that the recording process will go smoothly.
We worked over a song that we recorded last week. A real rock and roller called “Easy Without You.” Then we worked through another rocker called “Falling Down on Me.”
As for Me…
I’m so stoked to be playing guitar on this album. I found some great parts to play on all of them so far, and I’m really excited to see what kinds of tone I can get out of the gear they have at Chase Park.
I’ll probably take my ES-339 with me or use something at the studio with P-90s, but there will be a lot of Telecaster on this album, too. You can bet on that. I haven’t decided on an amp yet, but I’m planning on buying another Vox AC-15 for my personal rig, so I’ll probably use one down there.
As for effects, I’m probably going to keep things a bit more simple than I have in the past. I have some ideas for tremolo and rotary in spots (because I just can’t help myself), and the delay plays a very prominent role in “Intermission,” but other than that, I don’t plan on using a whole lot of effects on this album.
In Case You Forgot…
I’m talking this whole time about the last two weeks in August, in which my band, Buffalo Jones and I will be in Athens, GA, recording an album with David Lowery (Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven) producing us. We’re recording at Chase Park Transduction, a world-class studio that’s hosted R.E.M., Cracker, Queens of the Stone Age, and Drive By Truckers, just to name a few. To top it all off, Drew Vandenberg, the guy who engineered my favorite Cracker album, is going to engineer our album, too.
All of this comes at a cost, of course, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us, so we’re doing it no matter what. We are, however, asking for help with the finances. We have an IndieGoGo campaign that you can support for as little as $5, and there are some really great perks included at the higher levels. In fact, for just $10, you can pre-order the album and help pay for it at the same time!
If you can’t support us financially, we understand. We’d still love to have your support by sharing. Please share this link to the IndieGoGo campaign on ALL of your social media networks.
If you can support us, financially, however, even at the $5, $10, or $20 levels, it will really help us out.
Thanks in advance for supporting us any way you can. Visit our website for more information on Buffalo Jones.
P.S. On a personal note, my dad got home from the hospital today, so that is a load off. It also means I’ll be able to get into some kind of actual groove with writing. Therefore, be sure to check back later today for “Writers’ Wednesday.” I can’t promise it, but there may just be a short story in it for you. If not, there’ll still be some pearls of wisdom. See y’all later.