I got up at 7am to learn how to use photoshop (or, rather, its open source equivalent, GIMP
), which is the sort of thing that ends up happening when you try to put out a record. People assume it’s all about going into a studio, getting drunk, and going home. But actually, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The fact is that apart from artwork (which has to be digitally set up as well as drawn in the first place) and the logistics of actually getting the CDs to be here in time for the launch (another thing you’d accuse of being a picnic if you hadn’t tried it), we’ve also to think about digital downloads (bandcamp do all of the hard work there, and are wonderful), ticket sales for the show, equipment, venue decoration, transport… it’s amazing, especially in a record which we deliberately decided was going to be pared-down, recorded in a single day, minimallist aesthetically.
A hallowe’en caprice has taken over my life for the last two weeks. The most terrifying thing is how little of that time has been spent playing the guitar – I’m genuinely worried that I’m going to pick up the instrument on Thursday and won’t remember how to play any of the songs.
Don’t mistake this for whining. Strife of this kind is integral to the creative process. And though I’m now at the “anxiety dream” stage, I know it will be worth it. The main reason I know this is that this is certainly the best CD I’ve ever put out. It’s a CD I would buy, and listen to, and to have been involved in creating it is a great feeling. There are lots of reasons I like it: it’s extremely tight, with an album’s-worth of ideas from three very distinct songwriters condensed into under twenty minutes; it’s superbly engineered by the sublime Dean McCarthy, who has been both patient and adept throughout and who is also (pity him) working with Max and I on Vibe, Drill and “It” (don’t think I’ve forgotten); it has, for me anyway, the right mix of idiotic energy and nuanced performance.
You may or may not agree, of course, but I do hope you’ll give us the benefit of the doubt long enough to come and see us launch it – at the Catweazle Club in Oxford on Thursday, at the Hall of Sound in Pangbourne on Friday, the big show at Old St. Mary’s, Stoke Newington on Saturday, or the Cecil Sharp House Hallowe’enfest on Sunday. I might post a little more about the big London show soon.
For now though, do check out the preview track and consider pre-ordering the record and/or grabbing yourself a ticket to the party!