Here we go
I love this feeling--the excitement and trepidation before recording a new album. It's hard to believe that this is my fourth time down this road in the last 10 years. That should be some sort of measuring stick for success, right? Some artists wait twenty years before making their own record after all. This feeling might be the best part next to sending the album to the pressing plant. It's like standing at the edge of a bottomless, dark canyon. Your album--its sound, aesthetic, vibe, and intricate details that most listeners won't ever notice--is down there somewhere but you can't see or hear it just yet. It's been trial by fire, this whole album making thing. In 2007 I went into Caleb Willitz' Rattlesnake Studios with a few guys and absolutely no clue--and no budget. Two years later, The Right Now had taken shape. We scrimped, sacrificed and saved, pooling our resources and hoping for the best with Steve Gillis and Vijay Tellis-Nayak at Transient Studios. In hindsight most of us feel pretty bad for those guys. Sure we had some decent songs, but we had no clue how records got made. Steve and Vijay help us compose parts and arrange our tunes. I consider it a great education in songwriting, engineering, and mixing. The result--2010's Carry Me Home--launched this band and really put us in a nice spot. Songs got placed in commercials and TV, more folks came out to shows, and the industry seemed to take us a bit more seriously now that we had a real album.
Recording our third record was probably the most cathartic and rewarding artistic experience I've ever had. We spent 8 months, from January until August of 2011, in intense pre-production (recording songs ourselves and critiquing/fine tuning every aspect of the songs). We flew out to LA in late August that year to record in the sweaty confines of Killion Sound with Sergio Rios of Orgone. For six days straight days the band spent 12-14 hours in that tiny room. The last night we didn't sleep at all. The results were amazing (to me at least). I remember the night before the rhythm section was scheduled to fly out to LA. I was a bundle of nerves, in spite of the knowledge that we'd prepared as much as possible. It would be a colossal waste of money if things didn't work out. But they did, and we had ourselves Gets Over You.
So where do things stand for album #3 for TRN (and #4 for me)? It's been a bumpy and exciting road, these past 4 years. There have been a lot of moving parts in our personal lives (babies, marriages and breakups, mortgages), and we have a few new band members. I've been writing new songs throughout all the changes, but I wasn't sure about how to go about recording them. Rather than putting the band through months of rehearsal, I had thoughts about going into the studio and taking more of a "let's see what happens" approach. Turns out that doesn't work so well with this group of folks. I don't think it's a reflection of our level of musicianship, but rather a testament to the kind of involvement everyone wants to have. It's something I love most about this group of people--they love to work hard on music and want to feel more personally invested in the creation of the songs and arrangements. We went back to the drawing board and did intense pre-production all summer long. And we decided to work with Vijay at Transient again.
So here we go, again. I'm so proud of all of the work that everyone has put in on this record so far and so excited about what is to come. I can't wait to share it with all of you. I swear it will be worth the wait.