The Mixes

We’ve spent two days this week recording extra bits for our new single: more guitar, tambourine, claps, backing vocals.  All in the comfort of our home studio, or should I say, the living room.  It’s been well over 30 degrees every day this week, and we’ve been missing the nice cool weather of France in June.

Today we went into the studio with Ivan to do the mixes.  We gave him far more work than he needed with all of our last minute additions, but he is a trooper, and also a super engineer, so he coped very well.  We need a break before listening to them again, and closing the mixes in a couple of weeks time.  In the meantime, we need to think about what we are going to do for the cover, and we plan to make a video for both songs with footage we’ve taken over the past few months of touring.  It goes without saying that we are very, very excited to release both of these songs, and they mark a transition for us towards the sound and direction we plan to take for our next album.  We plan to spend our summer “holiday” working on demo’s for the album, to be recorded early 2014.  Here’s Pete & Ivan, hard at work.  Cheers!

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that’s a wrap @saemilano

Thanks very much to Ivan Rossi and SAE Milano for hosting us for the last three days.  We’re super happy to have been able to squeeze in this recording session before we head back to France.  We even managed to film enough material to put up a video for both songs.  Later, people!  Right now I have to systemize for tomorrow’s departure.  And drink a beer.  Maybe two.  I think there is a pizza with my name on it.  Cheers!

August Busy

There’s been a lot going on around here this month overall, but not so much this week with the hot, hot weather we’ve been having here in Provence.

We’ve written four new songs, rehearsed quite a lot, taken a few sets of new promo photo’s, worked on the cover of the album, a new poster … taken a lot of long walks, gone swimming and generally enjoyed the fresh country air.

I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to Provence, but I’m looking forward to coming back to France later in the year (not too much later) to tour and release the new album.

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Bye Bye pretty French villages and Hello (that should be Ciao!) Milano

Focus, focus!

We’re trying hard to remain focussed and working hard while it’s so hot here in the south of France. There are too many big lunches and bottles of rosé vying for our attention, but that is balancing out with lots of healthy countryside walks.

On the up side, we’ve just about written four new songs since we’ve been here and we are getting closer and closer to being able to release all the new material for our new album.

One more week here:

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It’s so nice I could quite easily be tempted not to return to Milan for another week, month … till Christmas?!