6:30 means 6:30, Mark!
How’s that for an engaging blog post title? Come for the vinyl, stay for the live music! It may not even be that hot. Oh, who am I kidding.
We go on around 2:00.
Well, we don’t HAVE IT have it, but it’s being pressed as I type. Cooling, packaging, shrink-wrapping, and boxing are to follow, and I’m told we can take delivery very soon. Stay tuned!
Thanks to Kate Guoba at Memphis Record Pressing, who has made this entire process outstanding, and to Catrina Traylor-Francis for the photos and support!
Thanks to J.D. Reager and everybody who came out last night! Fun times.
FYI, our brand-spankin’-new record gets pressed July 22! Stay tuned, we’re way beyond excited for y’all to hear it. Coming soon on Back to the Light Records!
Here I am, picking up five copies of our test pressing from MRP earlier in the week. (Also had the opportunity to catch up with Catrina Maria, which is always a pleasure.) I’m pointing to a line on the sticker that says, “For Your Approval.” As I mentioned elsewhere, that’s a much better title than we came up with. A much better title than up with we came? Stupid preposition …
And here we see the secret message in the runout groove, inspired by a line in one of our songs – and Mr. Bond’s enthusiasm for said line.
Finally, here I am (not pictured) with Back to the Light’s J.D. Reager (not pictured) at the Memphis Listening Lab, blasting our test pressing. Good news, bad news: it sounds great and we are good to go for completing our order; unfortunately it’s not likely to happen until the end of July.
It probably doesn’t seem like it, but much has been happening the last month or so. A new album requires a lot of behind-the-scenes hard work by a lot of talented people.
After a few rounds of notes, engineer Matt Ciani finished his killer mixes on March 1, and then producer J.D. Reager sent those to Jacob Church for mastering. Masters came back March 7 sounding amazing, so we set the wheels in motion for vinyl production at Memphis Record Pressing.
Vinyl masters were handed off last Friday to Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl to cut lacquers. Next up, a test pressing!
I should also mention that I’ve been working with graphic designer Ronnie Lewis for cover art. He tells me we’ll have something to look at later this week. I’m excited!
We’re mixing now, which is the fine-tuning part of recording an album. How loud should the drums be, where in the mix should background vocals be panned, how many songs should include the count off? We don’t know either!