First off, as you can probably deduce from the picture we are marching off into the future as a 3 piece band. We wish Kevin and Tony the best and profoundly thank them for the time and energy that they put into this project over the past year. T&L may have never made the leap from my one man studio project into a live band if it wasn’t for my friends being so eager and willing to figure it out together. Thanks guys.
As for the rest of the band, we’ve been crazy hard at work re structuring the band to work as a 3 piece. It’s actually been really fun. We’ve purchased a whole whack of new gear to incorporate into our set up – high end hardware with sequencers and midi connections galore. With less hands and more gear, we’re really diving deep into the set up – teaching our machines to talk to each other and play together nicely. Our live set up is looking more and more like a giant spaceship and it’s sounding pretty good too. We really feel like we’re moving to the next level.
As of this week, we’ve actually worked the laptop completely out of our live rig which is pretty cool all things considered – though now that we’re looking into DMX lighting and lasers etc it may actually be back on stage as our lighting controller haha! (You’d be amazed at how often something gets worked out of our set up only to come back in a month later at the other end).
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention aside from learning (and teaching) our new gear, we’re all learning new tricks too. After picking up the the bass from scratch last year to join our live band, Clare is now busy learning guitar and keyboard. Don’t worry, we’ll get her a mic soon too. And possibly teach her to juggle fire.
Lyell now has a synthesizer (and very very soon a new very awesome drum machine) in his drum set up. If that guy thought he could just sit there with idle hands during breakdowns he was sadly mistaken!
I’m now balancing vocal, guitar, synth, and general knob bashing from behind my workstation. And I think I’ll be playing bass in one of the new songs. Pretty much, it’s instrument musical chairs in some tracks. We’ve installed a giant 4’ x 8’ white board in the studio to map out who is playing what instrument and at what time. It reminds me of one of those ‘brainstorm / thought clouds’ from elementary school.
So now what?
We’re in the process of putting together some live shows for the end of summer and fall and hopefully a little tour. We’ll keep you posted. We’re also planning to continue our visual / audio collaboration with Claudia Medina if we can get our schedules to jive. On top of all this, we are of course working on NEW MUSIC. We’ve got a new song that’s being worked into our live set right now and a bunch of others that are in various states of existence. We have tentative plans to record some new stuff this fall / winter.
Oh, and I’ll try to be better at this social media thing – you know, busy and all. Thanks for all of your support, we look forward to showing you all of this soon. We’ve also updated our website if you haven’t dropped in for a while. It’s full of stuff – you can stream our video for 17th and Heather, look at new pics, look at our gear list, buy our record, and listen to our remixes among other stuff. But you’re here now, so I guess you would know that.
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