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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Weekly Update 8-29-09

Well, well, well....

1) Matt got all of his drum parts for 'Sycamore' recorded in a scant 8-10 hours over the course of the last three evenings. Wow. Matt is a machine! And I even managed to wipe out a few of the obligatory "keeper takes" on account of signal routing issues and a preamp channel failure on the left overhead mic. But in spite of throwing away a couple hours worth of good performances, Matt came out shining and in awesome form. The guy can seriously play drums folks. And so begins the assembly of drum tracks and then a rough drum mix, then Jake will record his bass parts, then I'll start laying down the primary guitar tracks, then main vocals. Past that is when we add the spit-polish to the mix and start adding extra guitar layers and subtle atmospheric synth textures, effects, backing vocals (including some vocal textures from my extremely talented sister Charlyn), hopefully some backing vocals from Jake, etc.. And then the Final Mix begins. So basically there is a ton of work left to do on 'Sycamore' but I hope to have a partial mock-up of the first verse for a preview for people to wet their appetites within a coupe of weeks. Stay tuned....

2) We are trying to figure out which song to start rehearsing next. Possible candidates are 'Rabbit Hole' which is a darker affair, or possibly 'Marigolds' which is happy and fun. I am still messing around with lyric content for 'Marigolds' but 'Rabbit Hole' is pretty much lyric-ready. However 'Rabbit Hole' will be harder to do justice to instrumentally and it will likely be harder to record. And sing. We'll see what happens....

3) 'Saying Goodbye' has officially been relocated off premises onto its own hard drive for safe keeping until I can get back to it. It really needs a complete overhaul and after the drums for 'Sycamore' went so smoothly we are considering rerecording 'Saying Goodbye' for a third time. It is stupidly complicated and tough to play. We can play it good enough for 'live' purposes but recording it is a whole different story. It will get done when it gets done I suppose. No hurries on it. Some songs require more time to develop and perfect. Plus 'Saying Goodbye' is an instrumental and we really want to pursue the vocal oriented songs first. Again, stay tuned....

4) Jake and my son Tyler took over a thousand pictures and roughly 8 GB of video from the first two nights of the 'Sycamore' drum sessions. Now Tyler needs to start sifting through everything and start compiling the best of the best for a planned multi-media collage for the blog. Lots of work to be done there but Tyler has a real knack for that stuff. It is always good to pull from our own circles for stuff like this....

So all in all, I think this has been a seriously productive week for all things FP. Hopefully we'll keep trucking along like this and get 'Sycamore' wrapped up in the not-so-distant future.....

~ Todd

Friday, August 21, 2009

Weekly Update 8-21-09

Howdy....

Here's the latest FP news:

1) The last two 'Sycamore' rehearsals have been very productive and now we are planning on proceeding with drum tracking next week (Yeesssss...!!!) We have a potential of five evenings to get everything wrapped up drum-wise. Should be good to go. Then I'll edit the drum tracks and start recording Jake's bass and my guitar, and then the vocals. Past that we'll dress things up and add some ear candy and polish to the mix. That being said I am very excited about this song folks. It has stretched us in many ways and yet it feels so natural and real. And honestly we are placing the highest priority on song structure and how our parts serve the song. We want our songs to really resonate with you, the listener. Hopefully we'll be somewhat transparent in our delivery so that people can 'lose themselves' in the song without us getting in the way....

2) My vocal range is increasing and getting more comfortable. Of course I seriously have a long way to go as a vocalist but the more I work at it the more it feels right to me. Of course part of the journey is getting accustomed to the way my voice sounds and learning to play to my strengths. And embracing my style. Stupidly enough, a lot of the trick is getting used to singing into a mic through a PA, and I think I have fought that more than anything. Ugh. But there is hope and things are shaping up nicely....

3) As a sort of 'hold-me-over' we are planning on video documenting our 'Sycamore' sessions and putting together a teaser video that will let friends, fans and family have an early taste of what is to come. The more we can involve people in the process the more we will enjoy it. It pushes our boundaries and keeps us motivated. And it definitely helps us not take ourselves too seriously along the way. Mostly. I think. (To be continued....)

4) On a slightly different note, a buddy of mine, Craig Collins, has recently finished making a custom hand-made bass for himself and there are plans to build me a custom guitar at some point in the not-so-distant future. Most likely the guitar will be primarily made of walnut with a neck-through body and a cherry/walnut laminate neck. If not walnut/cherry, then hopefully some other local tonewoods. But I am seriously honored and flattered to have someone like Craig wanting to make me a hand-made instrument. The bass he built is absolutely stellar and the tone is phenomenal. Can't wait to see what his guitars end up like....

5) We have been enlisting the much-needed help of Nick Gaudio and my son Tyler for FP web design and video/pic editing (respectively) and a big thanks goes out to them for their time, vision, and contributions. We do intend on spreading out our web presence via FaceBook, MySpace, Indaba, etc in due time, and these guys are an integral part of that. Also, a big thanks to our families and friends for the support and encouragement to pursue things as FP. Sometimes it's easy to underestimate how much support we think we will get from those who know us best. To have real people that we rub shoulders with each and every day tell us that we are onto to something good and worth reaching for means the world to us and fuels our fire. You make it all worth it to us....

So that's all for this week's update. Lots going on behind the scenes that we will share at a later date as things develop. Past that, I need to call it a night and face another day. Thanks to all who are getting on board with us at this very early stage. You will not be forgotten....

~ Todd

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oh we have some news...

Oh boy, we've got another boy. Of course I'm talking about my wife and I and I'm also talking about our dogs. That's right dog(s). As of Saturday, August 15th we have a new golden retriever named Ozzie. He is adjusting to his new brother Mowgli quite well. They play together constantly, almost too much. Ozzie is sleeping decently well, but he likes to wake up at 5 and whine like you wouldn't believe. Hopefully we can get a picture of him up soon so you can all check him out.

~ Matt

Sunday, August 9, 2009

8-10-09 Updates From W.Todd

Hello Readers!

As promised, here is the weekly band info update:

1) Thursday night (8-6) we had a good practice albeit it was a rather hot and humid practice. Matt's place is serving as practice headquarters and we practice on the second story which can be susceptible to outside temperatures. So even though we are more in the Pop/Rock camp, it definitely smelled of Man Funk. The goal that night was to gauge whether or not we would be ready to begin recording drums for "Sycamore". I got hung up in the bridge section due to the vocals being tough and so Matt suggested some good section rebuilds in order to change the bridge to make my job easier. At this point we are heading in this new direction for that song but we decided we needed another 2-3 weeks of practice before trying to record things. Pre-Production is king with us.

2) Matt and Jake came over Friday after work to help me cut down a rather large soft maple tree that was dying and threatening to fall on my house, cars, or even people standing in the wrong place at the right time. Got to love the fact that the three of us are friends and that we had that connection way before ever deciding to do the band thing. And fortunately there were no injuries or property damage on Friday when the tree came down. Julia was a bundle of nerves though as we had to temporarily block off our block of the street....I think she thought someone was going to get hurt or else that the local authorities were going to show up to shut us down and slap us with a fine. But the tree was on the City of Danville's portion of our yard and I have been hounding them to come take the tree down for the last five years. The stupid Powers-That-Be at the City of Danville can't seem to properly allocate funds for filling bad accident-inducing potholes in the roads let alone remove dying trees that are dangerously close to the streets. Needless to say we made quick work of it.....and it was fun!

3) "Saying Goodbye" is still in the works albeit we will now focus more heavily on "Sycamore". I can only do so much editing at once and then my brain wears out. Plus I have been taking care of U.S. History, World History, Chemistry, General Science, and Algebra/Geometry assignments for my two high school homeschooled sons. That and 35-45 weekly guitar lessons at B&J Music here in Danville. You get the idea....

4) We (FP) are soon to begin some picture collections of us in action recording, rehearsing, doing whatever, to post here on this blog plus any upcoming network/music sites. Jake is the real pro at this (he has a photography related degree from SIU/Carbondale) and my oldest son Tyler is also quite the photographer. The idea will be to build up themes and artistic motifs that coincide with certain words from the lyrics in our upcoming songs. For instance:

This one is called "Rabbit Hole", a song that will hopefully get worked on right after we get "Sycamore" done. The song lyrics are fairly dark and ominous with a lot of double-meanings encrypted in the lyrics. Tyler took this shot back in May (around the same time I wrote most of the lyrics to "Rabbit Hole") and then he messed with things a bit and gave it even more depth and eeriness by associating this image with the imagery and metaphors of the song lyrics. Brilliant stuff really. Hopefully the song will do the picture justice....

At some point we will probably bring in fan pics to the fold and feature them here on this blog or other sites, and hopefully the lyric word/picture association idea will blossom into its own entity for people to connect with our music. Maybe we'll even have contests about this stuff. Who knows?

Past all of that, we are just working quietly in the background on our songs. Can't wait to show them to the world one of these days. In the meantime, keep an eye on the horizon for the debut of FP. We'll work hard to make sure it is worth the wait....

~ Todd

Monday, August 3, 2009

Woohoo....first post!! (not yoohoo, unfortunately)

Check, check, testing 1...2...3...Is this thing on? Well, this is Matt the drummer dude for FP, otherwise known as the time keeper, beat master, father of the drums, or just the plain ol' heart and soul of the band. Just ask the other guys, they'll all tell you the exact same thing but in their own words. Haha...if you know me, you'll know that I'm only kidding and much more humble than that. Not to brag, but I'm probably the most humble person ever. (If you haven't caught the irony and sarcasm in all this, please start back at the beginning and catch up with the rest of us right.....here.)
On a more serious note, my name is Matt Goodner and as stated before, I am the drummer for this contraption we call FP. I have been fortunate enough to be able to work with my incredibly talented and just plain good looking fellow band mates Todd and Jake to create some really crazy-good stuff (in my opinion) that I can't wait for ya'll to hear. I have been playing the drums for about 11 years now. I've had the chance to play with a ton of really talented people throughout those 11 years, but am most excited about these fellas in FP. We are a tight group of guys in the studio (upstairs of an old farmhouse) or out watching a movie or playing Xbox on a projector screen behind my garage. The three of us really connect well and get along super-duper which is very odd for bandmates. But, I can't finish this post without divulging the heart and soul of FP...
Well, maybe not heart and soul, but we couldn't do it without her.....and that "her" would be my wife Brittany. She lets me have two (and up to four) guys over every Thursday to play loud music and eat food that she slaves over a hot stove to make while fighting off our viscious dog, Mowgli. Ok, maybe not viscious, but he can be a lil overbearing at times. So if you read this hun, THANKS A MILLION from all three of us.
So this is getting long and quite boring *that's what she said.* If you've made it here to the end, congrats and thanks for sticking with me. You should all be hearing from us real soon...peace

~ Matt