In mid-June, Richmond began re-tracking bass parts. The perfectionist in each musician always says, "Let me play it again -- I can do it better!" but there were also some really great bass tracks from our NY sessions that would have been difficult to top. Some of them we cut again anyway, in search of more pop or resonance, and the results sound great. However, some of what you'll hear on the final record is Richmond playing live at Rave's while we were also laying down the drum takes we wanted.
Joe's mostly been in an observing, cheerleading role, since he did the lion's share of the recording work in NY. His performance truly shines on this record -- there are so many cool rhythmic things he does that I can't wait to hear with the final mixes.
Yes, we're taking our time with this project -- in part because we can (I mean, it's been eight years since we released A Lifeblood Psalm, so why rush now?), and in part because all of us are insanely busy. I'm thankful for Jeff Bishop's expertise at the console, the modern technology that allows us to punch and splice takes without having to endlessly repeat the whole song until we get the perfect take, and for the amazing experience of writing and recording music.
Looking forward to the final product!