I’m a few weeks late on this one. Which is a testament to how unsurprised I was when it first happened, that I decided it was par for the course.
In fact it was only a story today about Bono calling Chris Martin a wanker that reminded me.
It was a perfectly happy instrumental.
In fact, last week it rejected any vocal lines I came up with. Forget about them. It didn’t want them. It was nicely Celeste-like already thank you.
Only their mother can tell them apart.
And now, what we’ve all been waiting for. A tedious technical post!
Some of you might remember my old list of Robert Fripp-inspired music industry guidelines.
I figured it was time to revise them, in this exciting new world of economic crises, declining album sales, the demise of the long tail, the expectation of free music, and the continual fade of major industry players into irrelevance as they hand out awards to each other.
My beloved Rickenbacker 4001 is in hospital at the moment, undergoing neck-joint reconstruction surgery. While we’re all anxiously awaiting the news, here’s a little tribute to the bass guitar gracing the next Tunisia album..
I refinished it in these familiar Chris Squire colours a few years ago. But it started out as a fairly standard fireglo red model:Continue reading
In a tortuous process exactly not unlike staring at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds (DNA), I’ve finished up the lyrics for the next Band of Bruces masterpiece.
This time it’s the opening track, Break In Break Out.
As you might suspect, it’s a bit of a wordy number. Expect to hear the demo pretty soon.
Time to spill the beans on a new project I’ve started working on, codenamed Band of Bruces.
In the late 1800s there was an Oklahoma outlaw named Ben Cravens. No kidding. By all accounts he was a pretty nasty sort of bloke – horse theft, holdups, murder, jailbreaks, fake IDs, downloading music, etc.
Now, ordinarily his life would be pretty good fodder for a concept album (“oh dear, did he just say concept album?”) if you’re a musician with country tendencies. But if you happen to share almost the same name as him, well the deal is done and dusted.
So here is the first track off the production line, Itchy Finger. Not the first track in the album order by any means (it’s actually towards the end somewhere). But it should give you a flavour of some things to come.[audio:http://bencraven.com/blogposts/20080910_itchy_finger/20080909_ben_craven_itchy_finger.mp3]
My studio is moving!
Fortunately I didn’t name Desert Comb Studios after its location.
Anyway, the move is only a few suburbs, but it has – temporarily – put the brakes on the new track Itchy Finger.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts, where I’ll spill the beans on the Band Of Bruces concept album, and feature the new track..
Something a little different.
Recently I was asked to work on a new track to contribute to the soundtrack of a short film.
Only trouble was, it was a last-minute replacement for a song which had already been seamlessly integrated into the film’s final cut.
In other words, here was a legitimate excuse to write a short pop song!
Featuring Jason Curtis on bass, and Chad Borchard helping out on vocals, here’s “You Get Me Started”.
(Hey it could make a mighty fine car ad too..)[audio:http://bencraven.com/blogposts/20080525_you_get_me_started/20080523%20you%20get%20me%20started.mp3]