I see Counting Crows have an event where they invite bands to submit a cover of a Counting Crows song. Being a long time fan I kind of like the thought of that. The top three contributions are awarded with some merch and included on an EP to be distributed on CC gigs and events.
So, lets do that. But which song? Any suggestions?
To me the first album is sacred so it will have to be something off the other ones.
I played with 'Goodnight Elisabeth' with a soft reggae feeling... Maybe, maybe not... And I accidentally re-wrote the chorus... may not be appreciated.
'A long December' up tempo acoustic?
And if we just can get a verse or two from 'Kinesiska Muren' in there...
... I know nothing. But, we just played a cruise ship and that was... different...
Note to self: Never play a crusie ship at 4 in the afternoon, the day after the big party.
Highlights from the trip:
Taubes "Kinesiska muren". A masterpiece and probably the first attempt to record rap music in Sweden.
Walking through the ship with all our stuff, before it was cleaned, trying to find a place to store our gear. It was epic. Kafkaesque and a hint of Proust when the smell of the place made you think of what the #### had happend there the night before...
Trying to bring my friends back to life and up and ready for the soundcheck early in the morning. If we had been closer to shore I would have left over the rail...
This Friday we play B&B in Halmstad. Please do come by if you can. We will play some acoustic songs for the first time in a long time. Let's see how that works at midnight!?!
The thought is to breake the sonic structure a bit by changing pace and turning it down a notch to get some contrast between the songs.
Let's call it a summer break. The lack of posts in this blog, that is.
This weekend has been a busy one. Two intense days in the studio have taken us a step or two towards our forthcoming album. A lot of drums, a lot of heavy bass and some other stuff have found its way into the tracks. Good... gooood!
Thanks to a most temporary coffee-machine – which by the way was everything but quiet when making us coffee – made sure that we could keep our eyes open during the entire time. Shellfish aint necessarily a good thing the night before tracking.
MiscPosted by Tob Thu, June 23, 2011 11:44:26 ...is a strange thing. Some songs write themselves and others refuse to reveal their true nature, no matter how hard you try to find them.
For me it is not unusual to write one or two songs based on the leftovers from what was supposed to be a third, never finished, song. This is the reason why some songs might seem thematicly (let's pretend that is a word - and spelled that way) alike.
The songs that write themselves are a bit like dreams and much like dreams they do not always make that much sense at first glance. In some ways they are more honest than the ones you work really hard with.
This one is written, consciously, to make sense...
Wait, and it will come You can't loose all the time It will change Somewhere down the line Your numbers coming up Sooner or later
It can't rain all the time...
And this is an example of the opposite...
Wash then rinse and repeat Less of a sting and more of a heat Raise my head up at the sky Oh God why
Put my feet down on the ground I'll kick this stone all over town I'm not an immortal soul - I'm getting old
(From 'Old habits die hard', or what ever it is called)
RecordingPosted by Tob Mon, June 20, 2011 12:01:28 Long time no... nothing! But that is not true...
We're working on a song called something like "Old habits die hard". Might not be the final title but it is the words to the hook in the chorus so we call it that, as for now.
I mention this song because I feel it better than many other songs describe the centre of what we are. The essence of what I am anyways. In a band there is always different wills and preferences to handle. In this case I am pleased with the way a quite simple song is kept simple and allowed to be just that. I feel the song is more defined by what we do not play in it than by what is acually played on it.
I feel that our recordings the last year span over many different sounds. We are very acoustic at times, quite primal "all in" in some songs and more slick and produced in some songs. I'm not sure if this is a problem or something good but it is quite evidently so. I'm a bit torn between the concept of making an album that has a theme and where the songs feels as part of the same unity. But on the other hand I want the album to be the best 12-15 songs we have recorded no matter what.
In my mind we need to get closer to a final version of 5-6 songs to determine if we have a problem or if the range is a good thing.