Who is That Rock-and-Roll-Looking Motherfucker?

There are some pics from our first gig linked above. Taken by Kev, who also takes a lot of photos of Jaded Sun. We look like hot shit.

Last night, we sounded like hot shit. We tore the place up. We brought the roof down. And then we ran away with the show. It was pretty great. Bet you feel like a dickhead for not being there. It’s ok, I forgive you.

I’m a sexy motherfucker. I’m a BEE, motherfucker!

TOOOOKI, NOOOOO!

My laptop has died. I’m not 100% sure what’s wrong, there’s some sort of Heisenbug around the power-connector. It will attempt to charge the battery when plugged in, but it will not turn on. And I say it will attempt to charge the battery, because the battery has barely been good for 10 minutes for the last 5 years. I’m pretty sure a replacement motherboard would solve the issue, but the model is so old that they don’t sell them anymore. I’ve found one or two whole laptops for sale, but I’m not sure I want to spend £400 for a spare part for a 5 year old machine that may not work anymore. If I’m going to fork for a new laptop, I’d like a new laptop.

All this is a really round-about way of saying I won’t be posting any new recordings for the time being. Toki was the laptop on which I had ProTools installed. I had filled him full of RAM so that he could run ProTools without falling over. If I’m going to buy a new laptop, I’ll probably spec one for gaming (I’d been planning on doing this when HL2 EP3 comes out anyway), and this will work reasonably well for audio recording (fast FSB, lots of RAM, beefy CPU).

If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them…

Bury Me

Another Theories Divide track. I’ve played a little with the Rode, and it is tasty. I will be doing some recording with it later in the week.

I had my first piano lesson in nearly 20 years today (fuck, that makes me feel old). It was fun, and I can’t wait for more.

There is another GIG, again in Fibber’s, on Saturday the 26th. Come along or be hated forever.

Mirrored Illusions

So if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that I’m playing in a band, and that the stuff we play is not quite the same as most of the stuff that I’m doing at the minute. I love the metal, and I love what I’m doing here. Ultimately the goal working on my own is to work on heavier stuff, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like what I’m doing on the softer side of things.

The song that’s posted above was recorded in the Rehearsal Room by pointing a pair of cheapish vocal mics at the two guitar amps from the far end of the room. This arrangement picked everything else up ambiently, and we went back and did the vocals separately. I’m quite pleased with the few touches I’ve put on this. There wasn’t a lot that could be done in terms of layering stuff, and tinkering with it as we’re stuck with the performances that are on tape, but the end product isn’t bad. It is heavy as fuck, though.

So I’m in Seattle for another week. I have survived a brush with Di and Rea, and I have not yet had a proper night’s sleep, but herself is arriving tomorrow, so things are looking up. Also, I bought a new microphone. Expect the first new track when I get home to include lots of vocals. Oh yes. 😀

Coming Soon. Or Not.

So I’m away with work for the next two weeks, and even if I wasn’t, I hurt my arm falling off my bike. This means that I won’t be able to make any music between now and March. BUT HAVE NO FEAR! I have a bunch of songs that I recorded in the rehearsal studio, live with the band, and I’ll be putting these up over the next couple of weeks. They are heavy, they are raw, and they are messy. But they are pretty cool.

I got a new wah-pedal. This makes me happy.

The Away that I’m going to be is in Seattle. Seattle is known for a number of things: coffee, Microsoft and music. I will soak up all of these things, except, probably, the Microsoft thing. And I hear that there are many beers to be drunk in Seattle. So I will do these things, and hopefully come back refreshed and full of inspiration and musical ideas and stuff like that, ready to make more music.

In the mean-time, I will update while I’m away. I’ll be bored, until the Melon arrives.

“You did well with what you had to work with”

Still Here by irokie

So… This one’s a little different. It’s a song that we used to play in Outbreed. I called over to Michael with my kit in tow and did the recording. Thanks to limiting factors from the real world, I got over late. Well, late to start a session, unless you’re like one of them “death rockers” who can stay up late and play guitar as loud as they like.

This song is called Still Here. It took a while to put together, which is partially due to time constraints, and partially due to a minor rewrite that happened just before we started recording. Michael did really well considering it’s a long time since he’s had to really perform. The vocals were done in 2 takes too late at night, and taking that into account, they’re really quite good.

My job with this track was in more of an engineer/producer mode. I was mainly focusing on getting the track done, so I didn’t push Michael too much. I did have quite a bit of fun mixing and playing with effect levels. Anyway, listen, enjoy, blame Michael.