This weekend we put most of the finishing touches onto the Rat Residence album. It’s 96 / 97 % of the way there, Yatesy just needs to throw his guitar parts into the mix and we need to add the final vocal takes, then we’re done.
Acoustic guitars, cello, vocals, bass and crowd harmonies were all recorded this weekend, over a massive two day session that saw us and producer Dan Yates go without sleep and successfully manage to acquire nearly every single piece of recording equipment in Staffordshire. It all started on Saturday morning, when we found out that the Alesis interface we pinched off our friend Woj wasn’t supported by Yatesy’s freshly Mavericked Mac. Hurdle number one.
The rest of the day was spent at Paul’s home studio, where we recorded all the acoustic guitar and cajon parts. A big thanks to him for housing us, we got some killer tones out of his microphones.
That evening we decided we’d just use the Mac’s line-in function to do a dry take of the bass guitar…which had been left at Paul’s. Hurdle number two. We once again descended on Woj and nabbed his five string bass. That evening and the following morning we ploughed through the bass parts. We also managed to borrow an un-Mavericked Mac, from Emily who lives nearby, and thus had a Mac that was okay to be used alongside the current Alesis drivers.
Another full day at Paul’s followed, during which Antonia recorded her beautiful cello parts.
Sunday evening was a mad rush full of crowd harmonies and extra guitars, but we managed to do it, without incident and failure. Now we’re on the very threshold of it being a ‘finished’ piece.
This album has taken it out of me more than any other piece of art we’ve been involved with, so I’ll feel quite strange once it’s out of our hands and we don’t have to worry about it anymore.