Saturday, March 13, 2010

Latest News: Hodi's, recording, and conversion stories

A little bit of recent news to bring everyone up to date on: The March 7th show at Hodi's was fantastic.  A big thank you to all who came out to support the local music scene.  Rachel Kadlec, friend of the band and artist extraordinaire, took some phenomenal pics of the show.  Visit her deviant art page here and become a facebook fan of Searchlight Photography here.  Videos of the show are now up on YouTube.  Here's one called "Get Off Your Ass!" that goes into "Mercury." (For those not familiar with the title changes since the advent of David the original or working titles of those songs were "Solo" and "45654.")


Another bit of news to mention is that we did some recording last night.  No, it wasn't any kind of fancy-pants recording studio, but it wasn't cheap home recording using only one mic either.  We recorded at the Lory Student Center theater on the CSU campus.  We did it once before sometime last year with our old singer Jesse, and I was very pleased with how everything turned out, except for the vocals...but that wasn't a recording issue if you know what I mean.  However, I have to say that this time around did not produce a stellar product (in the drummer's humble opinion).  We only had a short time to record everything (due to spring break), allowing for only one run-through of our songs with one or two re-dos - meaning most of our songs were first takes.  We had little to no warm-up, I had a small crisis having to do with my new drum rack literally breaking, and none of us were really on top of our game, musically speaking.  Don't get me wrong it wasn't horrendous, just dry and sterile with a few small mistakes.

This brings me to another topic.  Ultimately what we really need is to get into a half-decent studio with a half-decent producer/engineer and craft these tunes like they were meant to be heard.  There's really only two ways to go about this. One is to sign a contract with some sort of record label that foots the bill for the recording costs and then keeps 90% of any revenue generated by sales.  It's really kind of a shitty deal, but honestly I would take it because it would likely make for a better product plus there is usually distribution and promotion inherent in those deals.  The other way of going about it is self-financing the whole enterprise, and since there aren't any labels - major or otherwise - beating a proverbial path to our door (at least not yet but give it some time, I have faith) I think this is probably our only option at the moment.  Unfortunately for us and our deserving fans we have little to no money with which to finance this kind of project we're going to need some help.  YOUR help.  Now we don't need your $$...okay, that's a lie.  We do need your money, desperately, but that's not what I'm getting at right now.  What we need for you to do is turn just one person on to our music.  That's it.  The next time you are with your friend or on the phone or chatting online just mention our band.  Tell them you heard us on myspace or saw us kick some ass live or watched a YouTube video and you're really digging us.  Tell them to check us out because you think they would be into our music.  Then post any interesting conversion stories you have here or on facebook or where ever.

  • Maybe you showed your grandma a YouTube video of us and she liked it and now she's a fan.  
  • Maybe you're trying to date this guy, but you have nothing in common and don't know what to go out and do together.  But then you remember Tony G and the Cure for Cancer and how their music transcends any lifestyle, so you show him some songs and then make a date for our next show.  You're so IN!! Totally getting some that night, no doubt about it.  
  • Maybe your cousin suffers from colon cancer, so one day you tell him to put his butt near the speakers and crank up some "Get Off Your Ass!" and the cancer miraculously disappears and now your cousin listens to us religiously instead of undergoing chemo.  That would definitely be a great conversion story, and one that epidemiologists would be interested in. 
Whatever it is we would love to hear it.

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