This past weekend we officially wrapped up laying down tracks for almost half of the new Allister record. It’s a shame that we have to take three weeks off due to scheduling conflicts, but things will eventually resume and we’ll have this thing cranked out in no time.
It gives us an interesting perspective on these new songs, though, which could be both good and bad. Three weeks away from the studio gives us an exorbitant amount of time to critique, analyze, and (if possible) objectively listen to everything that we have recorded. It’s a double edged sword because on one hand we have time to write and restructure the songs to make them even better, yet, on the other, we have more than enough time to over-think the songs, thereby potentially diluting them and miring them in mediocrity. Since all of our previous records have been recorded in one continuous block of time, we’ve never come across this situation before.
I’d like to think that we’ll spend the time making the songs even better. But let’s be honest here, even though we’re trying out some new things and experimenting “outside of the box,” at our core we’re still a punk rock band playing songs with only three or four chords. There isn’t a whole lot you can really do to change things. Most of our songs are completely written in about 20 minutes. We’ll tinker with some ideas, add a few guitar lines, and probably come up with some alternate harmonies and melodies, hopefully making the whole record better. I suppose there’s always an outside chance that one of us will write an earth-shattering new song during these next three weeks that we’ll be able to include as well. We’ll see…
Right now, I gotta rehearse for the shows coming up this weekend. Hope to see everyone there.