After the first real summer holiday in 10 years, settling back into work routines wasn’t that easy. I decided to do “make work” first. So in the last week of my holiday, I sat down every morning and made a song. I managed to compose 6 songs in as many days. They should serve as a nice launch pad for the next SSTB project. Speaking of which: the “blacks & blues” is ready, I just need to make the ddp compilation and off it goes. Here’s the final front cover:
Once the groove was found, real work was in order: The mixing of “Requiem” with Ville Katajala and the recording and editing of “Lomasankarit” foleys with Kimmo Vänttinen. In betweens we managed to go through the demos for Liquid Wolf 2 with Samu, I also began to take them one step further by adding and refining. We should have the skeletons of songs in a few months…
Yes, it’s been hot, but what the heck, it’s summer! The autumns work starts by recording some foleys with Kimmo Vänttinen for Lomasankarit. We also made plans with Samu to start going thru the Liquid Wolf -material for the second album. I have maybe an hours worth of demos which should yield maybe 20 minutes usable material. The SSTB album is making it’s second round of mixing/mastering, I checked the songs after the first round and found a few
😉 things to correct. Pauli said he would master it next week, Tomi made also some promises re: the cover for next week. The album will be called “Blacks & blues”. SSTB will be released ASAP, so I’d guess by the mid september…
Chapter One : Two seems to be delayed somewhat since we’re planning to record some new stuff for it and the guys aren’t the most dynamic…
Added some nice reviews of Liquid Wolf “First Light” to the LW section.
And yes, we’re slowly getting the FlipSide “ep#2” material into shape.
The second Chapter One -release is approaching fast. This is a MkII release, so Pekka Viherlaakso and Jouni Ullakko appear only on few tracks, they were replaced by Mikko Terhiä and Jyrki Rahkonen respectively. The song list appears to be:
Chapter One Wait Masks Waiting for a moon Pictures Sliding away Another way
Just another role Wings of amor Beyond the vision Behind the gaze
The last four were not properly recorded then, so we’ve made some plans to do them now. Nothing solid yet, but stay tuned…
This also means that the projected release date of mid August will need to be adjusted accordingly.
Front to Back tour reached Helsinki a few days back. The gig was quite enjoyable with a few truly uplifting moments. My personal favourites were Family Snapshot, Family & Fishing Net + the new song Why Don’t You Show Yourself?
The So stuff felt a bit stale for the most part, but that’s probably just me…
The warmth and humanity of the guy(s) is truly heart warming
I’ve mixed/premixed all SSTB songs, Samu should rake thru them once more and we’re done….
Did some preliminary cover artism and bio writing as well. Seems to be an August release.
Here’s an exerpt: “The working title was “ Samsara sings the blues”, with tongue firmly in cheek. My tastes are quite varied but blues or jazz…no, sorry, I just can’t see the point. But actually, the songs are kind of…well, not blues but undoubtedly rock that knows it’s bluesy roots. As we say in finnish: “jäljet johtavat sylttytehtaalle”. ”
Went to see NIN at Hartwall Arena a few days back. It would have been a much nicer experience had the volume been on a tolerable level. I stood by the mixer and was amazed at the volume these guys work day in, day out. No distortion or anything but the sheer volume forced me to quit after an hour…Teijo came by to see them as well and gave me a nice Alpha Indigo T.