Archive for March, 2003

  • Rob Spectre
  • 30
  • Mar
  • 03
This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series The Making of Fireflies

Project: Echo Log, Day 6.

What had intended to be a swift 6 day affair has instead turned into a monumental undertaking. Today we finished some bass tracks, bounced tracks, and did some organizational planning for the completion of the record after the semester is over. The idea was tossed about to head down to Medicine Lodge to finish the album, and the more I think about it the more attractive an option it becomes. The album is still a distance away folks, but we are going to keep on top of it. Scout’s Honor.

The results really are astonishing. The album has taken a life of its own completely independent, though built on, the efforts of myself and the other fine men involved. All hype aside, this CD is really going to make you happy.

I was introduced to Atom and His Package by the same guy who took all the new pictures in the photo gallery. I definitely recommend his song “Upside Down From Here;” inspiring and fun. I also recommend the pictures… We had a lot of fun in this last week. Now it’s time for the final push to graduation; finally, I’ll be able to get some sleep.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 29
  • Mar
  • 03
This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series The Making of Fireflies

Project: Echo Log, Day 5.

Desperation begins to change to resignation as the Shaft resolves itself to the very cold hard fact that the record is going to take a lot more time than previously anticipated. Howie, Scott, and I are, by now, very mortally attached to “Fireflies” and the standard that has been set requires an amazing amount of effort and time to get right. This is good, because the record will be quite excellent… But, unfortunately, I’m a graduating senior and Howie has a recording Inbox stacked a mile high even before he begins to consider howie&scott.

The master list has been made of all the parts that need to be recorded. We put a reasonably large sized dent in said list today with 12 string recording and basswork. We are on track for yesterday’s goal of getting the 12 and bass tracks laid before departing and spending a whole lot of time away from the record, unfortunately more by necessity than choice. The semester is only going to get worse, so I fear I won’t be able to touch the record again until school is over.

In other news, I am now a faithfully converted disciple of Blacklight Sunshine. Howie and Scott have sang their praises for almost a year now, but I have failed to see them until tonight with Scott and a few of his friends. Man, they are certainly not lacking in the rock department. Or the professionalism department. Or the chick-getting department. Or any department really; these fuckers bought up the entire rock n’ roll mall. Amazing, amazing instrumentation in the strangest, yet catchiest time signatures… Tons of polished breaks all over this angst-filled rock that makes metal fun again. Top this off with top notch *performances* by all involved, this band is as much fun to watch as they are to listen to. There’s a reason why they are one of the biggest names on the scene.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 29
  • Mar
  • 03
This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series The Making of Fireflies

Project: Echo Log, Day 4.

Thanks for sticking through all the site problems. They should be resolved now. For the full skinny on the situation, the folks at Spooky will let you know what has been happening and what they did to resolve it. On the stick, as always.

The dark demon of despair fell upon our heroes as the immensity of the task that lay ahead of them becomes fully realized. The kit is now, thankfully, officially done but more important done extraordinarily well. The percussion on this record is far better than it has any rightful business being, and due solely to the three full days we’ve dedicated to it. We captured some very fine performances by Howie and laid the foundations for what is going to be a great, not good, record.

However, we now realize it is not at all going to be complete with the 2 days we have left. In fact, it is very clear we are very embarassingly behind. The goal now is to have the 12-string and bass finished by Sunday night and hopefully leave time to do some lead work and/or possibly finally laying down some rhythm. The logic employed is sound and I believe this is the most efficient use of our time. My bass playing has long since dwindled since the days of Emotional Feedback, but my music knowledge has increased greatly. The combination effect is something that does sound quite good, but also something that cannot be rushed under any circumstances. For this reason, we have selected to prioritize the bass as rhythm guitar will require a much smaller time allotment, giving me the needed cushion to fuck up.

I would type more, but I’m afraid my hands are beat to absolute hell. I played with howie&scott versus DJ Crampton in 3 long hours of hand percussion playing to a DJ spinning records. It was a real pleasure to participate in the project, made all the better by Scott’s swooning of a jazz-lovin’ lady at the end of the show. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, he got her phone number. w00t!

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 27
  • Mar
  • 03
This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series The Making of Fireflies

Project: Echo Log, Day 3.

The day that followed disaster found the Shaft working diligently and now productively towards the end goal of carefully crafted, yet hard thumping rock. Verily, we have faced much frustration and the seemingly inconquerable quandries of tone and micing, but the demos are getting fleshed into album-worthy tracks.

Howie has almost completed all the kit tracking for the album, while I’ve been occupying myself crafting bass lines and doing sampler work. “Still a Princess” is kicking the both of us in the head, the speed too great for Howie’s sticks or my fingers. Tomorrow bodes well for heavy rock, so it is likely that we will blast those out and get to guitar and vocal work as the weekend approaches.

Tonight, Shacker plays in Lincoln and I’m tagging along roadie-style to get terribly soaked in Knickerbockers filth. I must remember plugs to preserve my ears for the rest of the weekend’s recording; the idiot sound guy they always seem to have down there could blow the rest of this record’s tracking into a tonedeaf land of broken promises.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 26
  • Mar
  • 03
This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series The Making of Fireflies

Project: Echo Log, Day 2.

Our first full day of recording began with a chilly, mostly cloudy March 9am with plenty of promise and hope. However, things were not destined to go well this first day. With a new hard drive to install and drum micing not completely tested, technical problems plagued the hardworking men of the Geek Rock Revolution.

Howie quickly was met with much consternation as he suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous snare tone, while I attempted to forge ahead despite heart-stopping ProTools failures and a reinstall. I seem to be taking the nonproductive day a bit easier than Howie, though my only troubles today were technical rather than musical. I suppose if my guitar was giving out hosed tone, I’d be a little more pissed off.

After some potato soup and card playing at Katie’s, it is my sincere hope that tomorrow will meet early success to carry us through the rest of the day with much ease. Also, we’ll have some pictures to put up and some mp3 snippets for you crazy .plan fans only.

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