Well that's a big step. Subsequent to a band meeting and a vote this week, we activated our completion process for SC8.
Getting to this point has been difficult.
As a band, we had a fundamental problem with the production process and we would not repeat it.
A very dear teacher and friend once told me to 'speak the truth with love' and I try to do that as best I can. Let's see how I go.
After 9 months of back and forth, we wound up with an un-releasable product due to audio-distortion on the tracks, which was only understood 'over there' when local Kansas City radio stations confirmed that it was unplayable on radio
By this stage, we had lost confidence in the individuals ability to fix a problem they couldn't seem to hear.
We experienced a hostage like situation for 6 months and after much pressing, we were presented with a take-it-or-leave-it outcome that was....un-releasable.
We offered the assistance of some of the top sound Mastering and Sound guys from Australia, but, what do we know down here, right?
So there you have it. Take it or leave it.
We're a messy pirate ship democracy. Anyone who thinks that I run this outfit needs to go read the articles of Captain Bartholomew Roberts.
The vote was NO to releasing it.
Even though I was a 'no' vote too, this did not please me.
I'd worked hard on producing this album. Before getting to KC, we'd written and pitched songs for Millage Gilbert, KC Kelsey Hill, Ron Teamer, Danny Cox and even a duet for Danny and DC Bellamy.
I'd hustled and pleaded and begged and written emails and made countless phonecalls and done other stuff I won't even...
Ok so you could say I was invested.
I should also point out we'd already successfully recorded 'Push me away' with DC, in Kansas City, at a different studio, entirely happily and with a good outcome, and recorded the co-write with Ron Teamer down here.
I got so mad at one point I had to take a time out.
There you have it. Ostensibly well meaning folks utterly incapable of reaching a mutually acceptable solution.
I walked away, had a little teary, played old blues records and my saxophone (I don't play sax this is a metaphor. Bucko plays sax. Hey Bucko) and concentrated on SC9.
Time heals many wounds but couldn't fix the sonic problem embedded in a mix.
For those of you who know a little bit about this sort of thing, I suspect that there was no way back to the unadulterated files - not the first time that's happened for us :-)
So what do you do?
These are some of the ONLY recordings of 82-years-young Millage Gilbert done in the last Decade. Ditto for Ron and Danny and here's a bunch of MAWG's (Im not gonna explain it but it's fair) having a Walrus slapping argument over sound quality.
We decided even if we didn't want to release our songs, the KC Artists should release their own stuff plus the songs we'd written for them and at least they'd get something out of it. So we said go ahead and do that. I checked this week and...
Sadly, nothing came of it. No release, no EP, nothing.
That should have been it. We would bump the songs we'd written for us to SC9 and fix the problems by, well, fixing the problem.
Yeah like it's ever that simple.
I felt guilty as hell that the KC Artists would might never see another album with their name on it and i came to think that unless we got off our backsides and found a way, we'd not live up to the things we believe in.
You, dear reader, have probably woken up recently to a steady stream of bad news on the world scene. I've had more than one person tell me that they think the world has gone mad.
Creation should be our reaction to Destruction. That's best we have to offer.
Thus, once more, one more bloody time, despite promises to myself that I was done...
We found a way.
Whilst the mix of some of the tracks will never be exactly to our satisfaction, thanks to the excellent work of Mastering Engineer Mr Michael Lynch, we found a way to remove the most egregious of the sonic issues.
The band too has compromised, agreeing to release 1 track where the unrequested addition of instrumentation caused a great deal of unhappiness.
For the 3 of the tracks that are just us by ourselves, we have chosen to re-record them separately, in Australia, to our satisfaction.
That's the best compromise that I can come up with to produce a releasable album that honours the work of Kansas City's stalwart players, honours the songs, and is actually competent enough to be played on radio.
Crikey it's been a slog. What d'ya reckon Steve?
Regular cellar dwellers know that when I can't say something nice, I....tend to use pictures and suggestions in the blog whilst massively cursing and chucking wobblies a-la John Cleese at this end (amusing but not helpful, thus I take a breather).
So that might explain why the blogs have been a little....quieter than usual.
On we go.