The stars finally aligned for my band, AMERICAN FALCON, to get in the studio and at least lay down some basic tracks. That’s how I spent my weekend. We convened in the Rock Office, where we rehearse, on Friday night to get set up. Travis had a show with one of his other bands, Tom Catmull and the Clerics, that night, so we couldn’t go too late. Saturday morning we reconvened, finished the last little bit of setup then laid down the basic tracks for two songs: “Tallulah Black” and “When All Seems Lost We Shred.” Then we headed out so Travis could go play another show up in the Flathead with the Clerics.
This morning we hit the room at 11:00 AM to finish up. We were finished and packed up by 4:00 PM. The five remaining tracks that will go on the album are called, “The March of the Mexican Death Squad,” “Blood Drunk,” “Femme Fatale,” “The Falcon Kills Tonight,” and “The Beast of Bray Road.” We’re pretty excited for how it sounds so far.
Here are a few pictures I took of the gear.
Oh, and for the uninitiated, what I mean by “basic tracks” is the first layer of the recording. Some bands record each instrument one-at-a-time by itself. We do it live style. We set up and play as a band all together, with each instrument isolated as much as possible so that one instrument doesn’t bleed into the mics of another. That gives us control of each individual track/channel, even though they are recorded simultaneously. We also record a “scratch” vocal, which is the lead vocal sung just for reference while we’re playing. It will ultimately be replaced by an overdubbed vocal using a much more high end microphone. So what we have now are seven songs using twelve tracks (each track represents a microphone; I think we used something like seven or eight on the drums, two on the bass, and two on the guitar). We will set the studio back up in Jimmy’s basement at his house since moving forward we don’t have to play as a full band again. We’ll overdub all the vocals and a few guitar parts. Maybe some other stuff too, who knows. We’ll get to that over the next few weeks. Hopefully the thing will be all wrapped up by October or so.
It was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to hearing how it sounds when it’s complete.