New Year. New Song. New Video.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

The new year brings with it a fresh start. It brings a chance to leave the past in the past and push forward. In that spirit, many of us make resolutions to help guide us throughout the year. And we’re no different… 

What’s our New Year’s Resolution? Release our new record! AND…that starts now.

We are excited to share with you all the title track of our new album: “Into the Night”.

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Making "Into the Night" has been a challenge. Between losing a band member in the thick of recording, getting sick multiple times, and just life getting in the way, it has been a long road. We only got around to  filming  the video the week before Christmas! And seriously, the song is just being released today. You are the first to hear it! We finished exporting the final version of the song yesterday morning and just exported the video last night. 

With no further ado, we give you "Into the Night"!

Happy New Year! -Cynda, Sean and Nick

Well, we need a Bass Player...

It’s always hard losing a band member. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve gone through the process…it never gets any easier.

Zach Popa will no longer be our bassist. Zach had many interests outside the realm of CEO and has chosen to pursue his passion for musical electronics. Zach had always served as our de facto band tech so we are happy that he is chasing that dream.

Although we are happy for him, it is still difficult to have to go through the process of finding a new member-- especially right in the thick of recording new music. The worst part is that for some reason bassists are ALWAYS the hardest musicians to find! (insert random bass player jokes here)

There’s no telling how long we’re going to need to find a bassist but we’ll meet the challenge as we always have. The right person is out there somewhere…

Until then, we move forward ever hopeful and excited to share what we’re creating with you all. And new stuff is coming....REALLY soon!

-Cynda, Sean and Nick

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Drums... Drums in the deep

Cynda sitting in the producer's chair

Ok so the drums weren't in the DEEP per se, but we have started recording new music!!! 

So, for those of you who have never recorded music before, it actually takes quite a lot until you can get here to begin recording "for real"

For starters, you gotta write the songs. (well of course you do or what would you be recording) Depending on the song, either Sean comes up with some guitar part, or I have some lyrics and a melody. Then, the two of us usually come up with some other musical parts and I write some more lyrics. But the song form isn't officially done yet. 

We then bring the song to Nick and Zach and they'll just play along. We'll all collaborate as a group as to what parts we like or not and come up with alternate ideas. It's a process and some songs are easier to write than others. And if you decide to do a cover song (which we did, not telling what yet heheheheh), you gotta figure out how YOUR version is going to go. 

Now you might think, "Okay, so you've written the song, you can record it now." Well....

For Nick to be able to record drums, in a meaningful sort of way, rather than just being some Drum Monkey/Machine, he needs to HEAR the song.

That means scratch tracks. 

So before we could record Nick, Sean and I made a vocal and guitar rough track of each song, so that Nick knows where he is in the song, what parts need more energy, when he should bring the dynamics down, and so on. ONLY THEN could we record drums

So once the day came to record drums, we just record right?? Well yes... and no. 

Day 1: We set up microphones. Nick tuned and re-tuned drums. We moved microphones. We all listened through the speakers and headphones. Nick put tape on some drums. And paper. We listened again. Gaff taped the one microphone stand that wouldn't stay put to the floor. Changed hihats 3 times. 

Tweak by tweak, until we thought it sounded good. That took pretty much all day. 

Day 2 and 3: We ACTUALLY recorded the drum parts. I made Nick do parts over and over. Nick recorded 4 full songs per day. So great job Nick!!

So what is this?? Is it an album? Or just songs

Well, this will be an album. All the songs will form a cohesive album. But each song will be released as a separately as a single. All I can say now is that the overall album will be called

Into the Night...

-Cynda

 

 

NAMM NAMM NAMMITY NAMM...

Sean's NAMM Badge and Rabea Massad playing guitar at   Chapman Guitars/Victory Amps Booth

Sean's NAMM Badge and Rabea Massad playing guitar at Chapman Guitars/Victory Amps Booth

I’ll never forget the first time I was told about the NAMM show. I was 14 and just started paying attention to the equipment I was using. I was fascinated by all the little boxes on the floor, the amps and speakers, and of course the guitars. And then my guitar teacher tells me about this crazy NAMM convention that takes place every year. He tells me to imagine Guitar Center and multiply it by 1,000 and how every year the companies come and debut their new products for the year. So every year between January and March I was entrenched in all manner of magazine and internet coverage of the show. And then one day I finally got invited to my first NAMM show. It was everything I wanted it to be! And then I went to another and then another. Before I knew it we had arrived at 2017 and I would be attending NAMM for the tenth time…but this time it was a little bit different.

NAMM has always been a big deal to me. I’ve met a lot of really great people, but this year I had the opportunity to work for Victory Amps and Chapman Guitars. As a YouTuber, Rob Chapman holds a bit of a legendary status and the prospect of working within his circle presented new relationships and opportunities. I couldn’t have asked to work with a better crew that weekend. From Martin and Aaron of Victory to Rabea, Matt, Hannah, and Johnny from Chapman we all buckled down to help each other and make sure everyone left NAMM happy! I really have to thank them for their efforts. I’ve worked many NAMM shows where I felt the burden lay solely on my shoulders and it was clear to me that they all cared about what they were doing. Thank you guys!

NAMM has also become a bit of a reunion for me as well. Because of what I do as a guitarist, songwriter, and YouTube demonstrator I’ve been able to befriend many people within the gear community. People like Robert Keeley, Josh Scott of JHS pedals, and Brian Wampler all have become colleagues and people who I enjoy seeing and talking to. And then you get to make new friends like Daniel Tyack of Salvage Custom pedalboards, Gabriel Tenorio of GTSCo. and more! And then your old college buddies come back into town! That can only mean one thing…a big party! 

                                                          Gabriel Tenorio winds all his guitar strings by hand, one at a time!

                                                          Gabriel Tenorio winds all his guitar strings by hand, one at a time!

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Robert Keeley and Gabriel Tenorio we all headed to East LA to Gabriel’s shop for the “Secret Taco Hang”. I’m not certain if nearly 70 people in attendance counts as secret though…

We were treated to quite possibly the GREATEST TACOS EVER, coffee roasted and brewed by our friends at MadLab Coffee, and beer from our friends at Three Weavers not to mention a raffle with prizes provided by MORE of our friends.

Notice something though…all these people I count as friends. The entire weekend I was surrounded by people who are hard working, goal driven, and doing their best to be positive. I didn’t hear a single negative phrase all weekend and everyone I saw supported each other. We could all use that in our lives. Take it from me…2017 is going to be a lot better than you think. We Cockeyed Optimists all believe so.

                                                     Sean and Zach at the Secret Taco Hang with Robert Keeley and our friends from the rock band Co-Op. 

                                                     Sean and Zach at the Secret Taco Hang with Robert Keeley and our friends from the rock band Co-Op. 

I hate Halloween...

What can I say about Halloween? I’m not a fan. I don’t get spending a crap-load on a costume that you’re only gonna wear once. And yes, the good costumes are pricey. The cheap ones rip as soon as you put them on.Yes, I’m talking to you Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton version costume branded for Disney.

And let’s talk about giving out candy. I’m always buying too little or too much candy. One year, I’ll think not that many kids will come by and then, BOOM! outta candy. The next, I’ll get extra candy and sit around for weeks afterward guiltily eating it myself. 

But as it FINALLY cooled down in SoCal signaling that we may yet, get Autumn this year, I thought we should put a Halloween themed song online. Now what song should it be? Well, as my obsession with The Cure continues, this summer we started working out a cover version of “Lullaby”. 

Hmmmm….. spiders…. blissfully dead…. it’s much too late to turn on the light. Now THAT sounds a bit spooky. Not to mention one of the most awesome bass lines ever written. Since I’m not going to wish you “Happy Halloween!”, I’ll instead say Hope you enjoy our version of Lullaby by The Cure

-Cynda