new live album out now.
Me and the boys in the new rehearsal space. It’s been a long time since we rehearsed. Kind of dove in to recording phase and just retreated back into my self. I’ve been sober for over 2 weeks, reading a lot, taking spiritual classes (Kabbalah-thanks Phillip), the gym. I sang for 3 hours in the recording studio today working on “Best In Me”. I scrapped the entire session from the week before and started over. I thought at first what a waste of time and money. Then I thought about a scientist making a new discovery. They scrap tons of experiments that fail until they get the right results. Even though the failures seem like a waste of time they get you closer to the good stuff. I suppose in the past I would rehearse the songs to death with the band and then go in and just bust it out the way it was rehearsed. Now I’m experimenting with my voice more, trying new techniques, being a lot more critical if I sound tired and also trying to arrangements using electronic sounds and samples. I’m not sure if it’s right or great but I won’t know until I try. So I’m telling my self to bear with my self and just be patient and enjoy the process.
I got the guys together around 9 pm and we all rehearsed for the first time in a while. We rented a completely new room in a different neighborhood and it felt good. Just come at things with a fresh vibe all around. It didn’t hurt that the new studio is pretty sweet, pimped out, clean and well equipped. We ran some songs off of Neon Gas, some new tracks that will appear on the upcoming record, and still one really new new tune that I’m debating whether or not to include. After 5 hours of singing I’m pretty beat, but it’s a solid feeling. I’m still restless for the road and still tacking on shows here and there when they make sense. There’s talk of a big summer tour, we’ll see what happens.
Last night we rocked it at Havana’s in New Hope, PA. Great crowd and a lot of fun afterwards listening to Lez Zeppelin pump out the classics. Thanks to everyone who went home with the album Neon Gas, there’s already talk of me heading back this summer. We danced and chatted up the place as usual only to end up in a cozy basement somewhere in the middle of the woods, dodging deer the whole way there, singing along to Steel Panther songs and acting them out. (we were pulled over twice on the way to said basement). We cried from laughter until our eyes bled, it was seriously a group psychosis where no one could talk even if they tried. Actually, trying to speak would ignite another bout of breathless/weeping/sobbing/rolling on the floor/clutching your stomach/throat/balls laughter which again begged for an end. Diapers drove us home in the wee hours, dodging more deer until we finally all went into a coma like sleep until load out at 4 am. That was the most fun I’ve had all year and a tour night to remember. good morning.
Had a great rehearsal last night. Hey, are any rehearsals actually bad ones? A moment to release, hang with friends and communicate through original music…pretty amazing right there. I haven’t rehearsed with the band in at least a month, mostly because of recording, I was sick and just transitioning my life a little bit. However, the more time you step away from your art it sort of starts dying inside. The desire, the inspiration. I personally need to be around it and like minded individuals to keep that fire burning. So of course in the middle of jamming I wrote a new song with Mr. Bair. It’s got a french twist to it with reference to David Bowie’s movie Labyrinth (which has always been one of my favorites). Not sure when or where this song will see the light but I start recording vocals on Friday for the current studio effort. I cancelled a few sessions after some bad food poisoning…..I lived.
I’ll be cutting vocals to my new release in the coming weeks. Very excited, this is definitely breaking some new ground melting electronica with heavy rock, synthesizers with monster guitar riffs and payoff choir-esque choruses. My working title for the new effort is “The Opponent”. In the studio with the band next week gearing up for some shows. Stay tuned.
Recording is steadily moving forward. I’m working with some incredible people helping me make some new strides forward. The sound on this new release will be more electronica meets heavy rock, it’s got a club beat type of vibe with heavy synthesizers and effects. == still tons of melody, heavy riffing and guitar work. Keeps taking on new shape every week but I just laid down a scratch vocal to hear how it’s coming together…..I’m happy so far. I’ll be revealing the title and track listing shortly along with some other delicious details. Go pick up a copy of Neon Gas if you haven’t done so already, so you can see where I’ve been and where I’m going. xo ERS.
I’m in Florida for a week of sun and beach for my birthday. Thanks to everyone for all your loving wishes. I went to the gym this morning, then ran several miles on the beach followed by a sunset swim in the ocean. Pretty awesome for someone who was binge drinking and sulking before I left. I feel pretty awesome right now and I’m soooooooooooo psyched about my music. I’ve been getting preliminary mixes back from Gino DiGeso who is master-minding my new record with me……this will shock many of you as I’m shocking myself…and yet another turn in the road for my musical career. Incredible sounds and textures along with my explosive choruses. This one will get your goat because mine is certainly locked up in a circus farm somewhere in the depths of this music. I’ve only been down here in Florida for one day but I will say, that the sun, breeze and overall calm certainly start seeping into your bones very quickly. I do miss NYC and it’s life and energy and several particular people but for now I’m going to live and stroll on the beach as I continue to ponder my existence. (thanks Phillip for the book on Kabbalah).
Bass tracking commences Sunday evening. Then a cut throat rehearsal Monday, then the big gig on Thursday March 8th at Gramercy Theatre. This may be my last NYC appearance for a while, in case you’re saying “I’ll catch the next one”. Just finished “It’s So Easy” book by Duff McKagan of GNR. Great read and really helped me at this point in my life. Thanks Duff and keep on.