Recording recap: studio tension and a clean, well-lit place.
After three days of smooth sailing, it happened: a dust up. Don't get us wrong; we like to think of ourselves as a well-adjusted band, but when four guys convene to do nothing but make music and drink beers of inconsistent type and alcohol content, tempers are bound to flare. After all, we want to climb that ladder and hang up a masterpiece, and then enjoy the fruits of our labor: The silver tint, the spinning lights. With ambitions so strong, things can get heated. I'm referring to the disco ball in the studio control room:
We just couldn't agree on an effective way to hang it, so we decided to cool off by grabbing a few rounds at a nearby bar. And luckily for us, this bar had a kickin' two for two Sunday knife-fight special:
In all seriousness, we've never been to this particular place, but here's what actual quotes from Yelp reviews tell us about it:
"gritty and seedy."
"HOLY COW!!! I only recommend going here while it's daylight and you are not alone. There are a lot of subtly frightening people here."
"We ate there for the first time and it was ok. Atmosphere was good and they have a great location. My husband had a burger and fries that he thought was very good. I had the bypass and it was ok, but ordered the "three cheese macaroni and cheese" for my side - big mistake. Imagine my surprise when the mac and cheese was none other than Kraft mac and cheese with some extra cheese thrown on top. Seriously? I can't believe a restaurant of the level that this one is trying to be would ever think it's ok to do this. To add insult to injury, it was cold."
Wow, obnoxious Yelpers are pervasive. fair warning: no matter what the condition of the building, sketchiness of the patrons, or general purity level of the drugs being sold on the premises of your establishment, you are guaranteed at least one haughty Yelp review nitpicking the quality of an appetizer. "I can't believe a restaurant of the level this one is trying to be"?? Seriously?? Look at that picture again. The kitchen probably doubles as a one-hour rental room.
In terms of music, we have five songs done. It has been the most successful recording trip in the history of the band. "Justin, it's Over" is a deep rumba grove, "No Stranger to Heartache" has some fuzzy guitar trills courtesy of Dave, "Hallelujah" is rocking power pop, "Come on" builds to a massive climax, and "Girls Cry" was phoned in.