November 27, 2018

Good Musicians + Good Food = Good Session. Or even crap food will do. Just some good old, crap, free food.

When hiring out a studio and hosting a recording session, it is good studio etiquette to provide snacks. Buying snacks is an investment into your band’s sense of w...

April 9, 2018

Recording studios are pretty surreal environments. They are generally windowless (excepting the airy, beastie-infested Firefly Studios), isolated and sound proofed (so no on

e can hear you scream in frustration when Protools crashes for the 100th time that day). Working...

April 9, 2018

As performers, there is a degree of exhibitionism to what we do. Maybe a few degrees (I once saw Hughie sit down in an audience member’s lap mid-song, the saucy bugger). You get up on stage and you try to win people over, and if you’re good at what you do, like Hughie...

March 27, 2018

Having sent off the album to Kitty at Troy Horse for manufacture late last night with a race to the post (only one scratching in the field of 11 tracks) Grace and I attempted to clear our smushed creative minds with a first rehearsal at Tuncurry pool. The beach cafe cl...

February 20, 2018

“Simple piano-vocal arrangements.” we said.

 “Done by Christmas.” we said.

Well, the songs had different plans. No sooner had we laid out our piano and vocal tracks than the songs started calling for a lazy backbeat, hinting at a suave guitar lick or the hum of a B3 orga...

February 20, 2018

A while ago I wrote a blog debunking the idea that you have to wait around for inspiration to strike. Obviously this post came a little earlier in the album recording process, when I was less tired and my high horse hadn’t yet bolted from under me.

That high horse has w...

January 11, 2018

Driving through Werris Creek we happened upon the crumbling façade of the The Signal Guesthouse. We had to play there. With some trepidation I called the number next to the door, thinking that the proprieter would send me packing with my bizarre request. “Beryl” greete...

January 4, 2018

Shopping for wheels at Bunnings.

And so… we get to the DIY aspect of the venture (I say that like every part of this trip isn’t DIY… but this part involves actual nails and stuff. So stand back). The question: how do you make a piano road worthy?

Enter Hughie, armed with...

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