Control rooms are so last century…
Things have been pretty dam busy in Ink Math land, we love it! As you may or may not know we have been in recording mode for our second e.p (title pending), we felt ready to record a while ago but still managed to get ourselves into a last minute rehearsal frenzy because we kept writing so many bloody songs! Our song writing process is usually a bit slow and a complete cluster fuck because when we write it’s as a team, someone might have something prepared earlier but we like to jam ideas and try new things until everyone is satisfied with their parts. But about two weeks before recording we write two new songs and are like “fuck, we should out them on the e.p” (cool story bro). So yeah, pretty stoked to share some songs that almost no one else has heard.
Mike Holland is on-board with recording duties which is friggin awesome (must restrain swearing like that one time on the radio) he had a few ideas on locations so we pretty much gave him free rein over that, he suggested we record the rhythm tracks over a weekend at the Seacliff lunatic asylum which we jumped on straight away. That place has some amazing history and a few bands have recorded there before so it felt like a no brainer. The main building had been knocked down years ago due to structural flaws but a few auxiliary buildings remained including a mansion sized kitchen, a morgue that looked more like a garden shed and an old blacksmiths which we were located in.
The recording itself went pretty smoothly, two days was just long enough to get the bare bones for six songs with enough time to soak up the atmosphere of the reserve it was built on. Mike set up a control couch in the room with us, set up a few other room mics (laughs at own joke) and let us do our thing, occasionally giving advice about whether to go doof crack or doof doof crack and how bass matching the kick is sometimes awesome (wtf), what a gc!
We have the next few months to sus out overdubs and tour details so that should keep us out of trouble for a while, we’re also doing a couple of fundraising shows so we can afford to eat and pay for petrol when we hit the road next year. Our next show is on the 14th of December at Tillermans Invercargill, we hope to see you there!
Well bugger me. After a day of wearing a dressing gown and watching Stargate it time again for an update.
Firstly, Tristmas. What an awesome time, the Fu King kicked arses and I fantasised about using a Green bullet mic with saxophone…
Great party in general. Tristan (for it was his birthday) joined us onstage for Jack be Nimble, and it went off.
New material is in the works, as per usual. So many new parts!
We have some sweet giggage coming up in the shape of this: http://www.facebook.com/events/428409190539041/
The story so far…
Hello again, so much has happened in recent times, so here is what we’ve been up to:
- Final Tour Date—Dux de Lux Queenstown, 18th May
Cheers Mince on Toast for slaying the riff dragon and kicking off the night with some GG Allynesque, high energy punk. Cult Disney did a great job and owned it as usual. Cheers Tahne for doing sound that night!
Good times were certainly had. The sandwich bar over the road was top notch and the backpackers where we stayed was intimate to say the least, wink-wink, nudge-nudge.
- Left or Right Buzzy Album release — Sammy’s Entertainment Venue, Dunedin, 2nd June
Spectacular night. The sound system was nearly as huge as the lighting rig. The stage was huge. Awesome to see Alizarin Lizard, Left or Right, Julian Temple and Oleh perform before us. Pretty much the best of both worlds there! Many yarns were spun, many beers were had.
Have a look at the video below…
Since the end of the tour, we’ve been writing some new material in preparation for our album, and the next tour.
Talk to you soon.
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT TOUR UPDATE #3
Firstly— The cobs. Without you lads and ladies, the gig would not have been such a success. Your energy was a thrill to be a part of, and it was great to catch up with the crew! Fuck yeah. We need to do more Invers gigs.
- PHONEY DOG, fucking excellent band. Cheers guys for starting off the Tillermans gig in such style. Really dug the grooves laid down with a mariachi/carnival feel. These guys are awesome. —- Here endeth the rant… Anyway, the Artificial Canine got the sizable crowd lubed and shuddering with anticipation for some deranged Ink Mathy goodness.
The Stage was a lot of fun, with drums and sax on the riser, with a dual Hoffman plus Collins wall of sound in the front. pretty sure I saw Matty Collins pushing his part of the stage back together with his foot at one point. M Hoff was on fire, with drunk girls trying to rip off a piece of him as he stalked out into the audience. Dan was in his usual sonic exploration mode, which he pulled off with aplomb (not to mention doing a Red Bull run for me when I was manning the door!). Holy shit, Kaine’s snare drum cut through the mix a treat.. That fucker wasn’t even miked.
The sound quality was good, and getting a sound with my sax proved less problematic than usual. (YUSSSSSS)
As a personal aside, it was greatly satisfying to be told by some sad/shitfaced/middle-aged bloke that the saxophone “should be played nicely” and that I should “play the blues”. HAH. I think not.
The trip to Invercargill was a lot of fun with Paul at the wheel, with the weather improving as we left Otago. We seem to have gotten the issue of gear transport down to a fine and wholly relaxed affair. The soundtrack included Frank Zappa, The Smiths (for maybe 30 seconds) and heaps of Patton Oswalt (courtesy of D Hoff).
Cult Disney closed the gig with a customarily steamy set. God that band is fun to tour with, they’re an excellent group of people and musicians. Pretty much a laugh a minute. Also, thanks heaps to Deej for carrying gear (particularly my baritone!) and helping with the door take. Much appreciated, bro.
I wish I had more to say about Cult Disney to be honest, but I was downstairs doing the door take. I could hear just about everything, but I missed the visual spectacle Canny, Dietrich and Harington deliver with sexy splendour. Fuck yes, Cult Disney, you do a good thing. Please continue.
Touring has been good for us all on both musical and professional levels so far, and we’re all looking forward to our next show in Queenstown at Dux de Lux on the 18th May. Cannot wait.