Some Mentions From Around The Internet...

Greetings!  Here's a brief recap of some press All These Things has been garnering around thee ole Internets.

Most notably, our first review of All These Things was published on the Here Comes The Flood blog.  Here's an excerpt of what Hans Werksman had to say...

The band doesn't use many words, but make sure that each one of them counts. With shifting time signatures and vocals on the brink of straying off pitch All These Things is a required taste, but like any good music it puts up both a challenge and invitation to dig deeper into the subject matter.

The song And The Rain Came Down was featured on the Ju Ju June episode of the Is This Thing On? Podcast.  Nick Tann, the host, had some VERY nice things to say about the song and the band in general.  Thanks mate!

If that wasn't enough, Mr. Tann was heard to say "...absolutely bloody gorgeous..." in reference to Breaking Through (featured on the Summer Special episode).

The excellent Down The Line blog published a positive review of All These Things, only bemoaning the brevity of the EP.  Believe me, I wish there was more too!

I can hear everything from early U2 to emo in each song, all blended cleverly into a coherent whole. The only problem with this is the length: only three songs leaves you wanting more.

And finally, big thanks to Pretty in Noise FM and Abode and Teardrops for sharing a King Never track with their listeners.

All These Things Released!

While it's always exciting to release new music, this release is mixed with more than it's fair share of sadness.  It's hard to believe Karl passed away almost 3 years ago.  His contribution to these songs was (and is) substantial and powerful.  His bass easily shifts from dissonant staccato bursts to smooth arpegiated grooves and bouncy synth-like pulses.  He is deeply missed.

Cover art by Rick Law

You can listen to All These Things right now on our website or download directly from Bandcamp.  We really like Bandcamp because downloads are encoded from 24-bit files, not 16-bit like everywhere else, and you get to name your price. Free? $50?  Yes. Whatever you want. The album will also be available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and the like.  However, it appears because of the Memorial Day holiday here in the States, availability on some sites has been delayed.

This EP would not have been possible without the support of Karl's brother, and photographer extraordinaire, Derrick.  It was Derrick who allowed me to mine Karl's computer for essential missing bass tracks.  I'm forever thankful.

Nick's drumming is as solid as ever.  He easily shifts between time signatures - never over playing and always keeping things interesting.

And what can I say about Rick Law's album cover?  Simply stunning.  Perfectly encapsulating the mood and setting of the album.

I hope you enjoy the new tunes.

- Matt 

EP Release Date!

Our new EP, entitled All These Things, is set to be released on May 29, 2017.  The master has been approved.  The cover art looks fabulous.  Everything is ready to go!

As a way of saying "thank you" to our faithful email list subscribers, we will be releasing the album to them on May 22, 2017.  If you are a subscriber, be sure to check your inbox on the 22nd for a download link.  If you are reading this on our website, chances are you haven't subscribed yet, but it's an easy fix.  Just fill out the SUBSCRIBE form located below (in the page footer).

Right now, we are reaching out to podcasters and bloggers to see if we can get some featured reviews or plays.  If you have a favorite podcast or blog that reviews music, please let us know!  If you happen to be a podcaster or blogger let us know too - the EP is available now for you guys!

That's it for now! 

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37. Remixed. Remastered.

Here’s the short version.  37 has been remixed and remastered!  The new mixes feature additional keyboard and guitar parts that didn’t make the original release but were recorded during the original sessions.  I believe these new mixes are truer to our vision for the EP.  So what happened?  Keep reading.

The long version.

Finishing an album (or EP) is a strange thing.  You are simultaneously excited to share the new songs, but also just a tad bit sick of them.  There really becomes a point of time when you decide it’s time to move on because you’ve nickel and dimed every mix decision to death and lost all objectivity months ago.

Such was the case in 2013 with 37.  The band was picking up steam.  We had gigs booked and were networking heavily with other local bands.  We really wanted physical product to sell at our shows that showcased our lean and mean approach to our live set.  And that’s where I think we went astray.  We felt rushed, and as a result, became too reductionist in our approach to the mixes.  We should have let things simmer a little longer to see what treatments best served the songs.

Some time after Karl’s passing, the idea of remixing 37 took root.  I worked in earnest on these mixes for months.  Revisiting EVERYTHING.  Changing EVERYTHING.  EQ.  Compression.  Level.  You name it.  But then, Nick and I started working on our new songs and the remixes went back on the shelf.

About three months ago, I found myself needing a distraction from mixing these new songs.  I pulled out a copy of 37 and put it on.  Generally, I liked what I heard, but right away I was disappointed with the drum sounds, particularly the snare.  Scott had such a great sounding drum kit and my mixes really didn’t do it justice.  Next, I noticed Karl’s bass tone.  Live, he almost always used a phaser and his tone was thick, meaty and chewy.  Not so on the EP.  And the bass tones on my remixes weren’t much better.  I decided right then and there to keep the good stuff from the original mixes and only change the things that really bothered me.  Along the way, and to my surprise, I discovered some forgotten tracks “hidden” within the mix files that really brought a couple of the songs to life.

Every song has at least one new part added that was omitted from the original release.  Some are very subtle, some aren’t.  I’ll let you discover all of them for yourself, but I want to mention three of my favorites.  1) The Fixx influenced vocal delay line (a la Red Skies at Night) on the chorus of Push & Pull, 2) Karl’s Moby-esque piano track on Change, and 3) my sustaining feedbacked guitar duringthe outro of Upside Down Girl.  Totally worth the price of admission.  

Now on to the nerdy, engineering stuff.

How did I address the lackluster snare sound?  Well, the main culprit was my overuse of the bottom snare mic.  Simple fix.  I muted it.  Second, was the snare reverb.  I was never really happy with my reverb options for snare (sorry Logic and Lexicon), so I went searching and found Valhalla’s excellent VintageVerb plugin.  The 80's plate algorithm sounds just like what a reverb should sound like on snare.

What about Karl’s bass sound?  Even though we recorded both a dry and wet version of Karl’s bass tracks, we only used the dry version for the original mixes.  Karl and I felt his phased out bass tone was too much - the phasing effect totally washed out the attack of his bass.  We tried mixing the dry and wet tracks in various combinations and tried every modulation plugin I owned, but nothing replicated the magic that happened live with his BOSS GT-10B multi-effects processor (with phaser set to stun!).  When it came time to work on his bass tone for the remixes, I knew I needed to nail the phaser effect.  Luckily, I had recently picked up the SoundToys PhaseMistress plugin and the first preset I tried on Karl’s bass track was exactly what I was looking for.  Thick, meaty, and defined. Perfect.

By the time you read this, the new mixes should be available in all the usual places for downloading and streaming.  If you are a collector and must have the original mixes, there are still a few copies of the CD available at CDBaby and Bandcamp.

I really hope you enjoy the re-mixes.

Now…back to the new EP.