A lot has been happening behind the scenes for the last couple of weeks! We're still mixing the album as there's a bit of tweaking left to do, but it's sounding rather beefy, and very yummy right now (just like a cow!). We are well on the way to a completed album and when it's done we may put up a song or two :)
Aside from the mxing we have been finalising release dates, artwork, promo plans, merch etc. We have a list as long as our arms to work through, but it's all starting to come together which is very exciting!
Take a look at our video diary from the studio it has lots of behind the scenes footage but make sure to watch right to the end ;)
There's loads more to come and we'd love to know your thoughts so far, feel free to drop us a comment on Facebook or Youtube.
hAND - Studio Update 1
It's time! We're at the studio recording Kintsugi as I type :D
We've set-up a blog for pictures and videos (we're also cross posting on our social media sites) so make sure you're checking those out for all the behind the scenes action.
Here's the link to our blog - http://handtheband.tumblr.com.
Well a very busy first week here at the studio, but things are motoring now. Breaking down cost us some time, as did setting up the studio, but Dan was a superstar and smashed through all of the drums in record time (we'll have even more footage of him doing his thing soon).
All the synth work for the album has been finished, and today we're working on getting the guitar tones sorted for the album and recorded. If we're lucky we might get some piano in there too!
You can expect to see some official studio update videos, but finding time to edit them has been a tall order so far! That may be once we're back, we shall see. Everything is sounding very full and lush, today we expect to add heavy and face melting to that list!
On a different but related note, the team that is working on our demoscene music video sent us some new screenshots, they are on the blog but here's one to get your teeth into. We think it's looking fantastic!
More photos and videos to come soon!
hAND - Studio Update 2
Right so we're finally back home after our little jaunt in Wales! All the tracking for the album is finished (apart from a little secret special thing we're recording in a couple of weeks) so next we are onto mixing this bad boy! Here's a run down of what happened last week...
Getting the guitar sound for this album was a little troublesome, we had lots of different amp and cab set-ups to experiment with, but in the end most of the core sound came from our live rig - A Blackstar head and Laney cab combo.
The next instrument to lay down was the piano, for this we used an acoustic upright and close mic'd it to give a very organic sound. Through headphones you can hear every detail in the sound and the mechanics of the piano as Kat is playing.
Next up was vocals! Kat managed to lay down more than half the album in one late night session and finished it the next morning. Having detoxed for the three previous weeks, she was glad of cheese and beer that night!
Finally onto the bass re-amping, we used our live rig (Laney valve amp + 1x15) plus an 8x10 cab and it was phenomenal!
We had at least one video camera running (sometimes two) most of the time we were there, so you'll be able to watch all this stuff soon :)
There was a point during this where we shared a moment, we were on the last day of tracking after a very busy, intense, somewhat stressful two weeks, we're all sitting there in the control room just listening to the bass being recorded. The rig was set-up on the other side of the live room yet you could feel it through the walls and in your chest. Every time that low B hit we all just had an infectious grin on our faces and we couldn't stop smiling at each other.
This has been two years of work, thousands of pounds, two very crazy weeks, four very focused but tired musicians... but hearing it all start to come to life is just the best feeling.
We have another week of mixing coming up and we can't wait to share Kintsugi with you!
So we've been a little bit quiet over the last couple of months as we took some time off in July for Holidays and birthdays. As such we decided to combine July / Augusts news into one bumper segment, as we didn't want to mail you with "We've been on holiday......"!
Lots has been happening, first things first, Kintsugi album recording is only 4 weeks away now. We are seriously getting excited (and maybe a bit panicked) about this. We are recording this album in 3 stages, starting with preproduction; tracking the guitar, bass and synth on our home set-up before we head to the studio. This is well underway and sounding delish! Next will be the tracking of the drums and vocals, experimenting with amps and mics and re-amping guitars and bass - that's at the studio in Wales (as well as a few other things) - then a short break before the mixing and production begins.
Onto the E.P - writing has been going really well and it has certainly been an interesting process. In terms of being finished it's around 75% done, but we are putting it on hold now till after album recording as we need to focus our efforts on Kintsugi. If you want to hear a tiny snippet check out this little clip HERE.
We have lots of ideas for what to do for the release of Kintsugi, the word "vinyl" is being thrown around quite a lot... One thing we definitely want to do is have pre-order bundles with various merch items, including some special limited-edition deluxe bundles. Once the artwork is finalised (which should be pretty soon) we'll be running polls on our FB / Twitter pages to see what items you want included in these bundles. Of course we'll let you know when these go up!
Stay tuned, of course we'll be posting video, photo and all kinds of updates from the studio and over the next few months!
Enjoy the sunshine!
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