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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Howdy FP Lovers...

Just a quick couple of notes here to keep everyone in the loop about FP...

1) At this time we are having mostly partial practices with a primary focus on writing new material. All of our schedules are a bit hectic right now....Matt is taking college classes in conjunction with his volunteer firefighter duties and is also in the ongoing process of building up clientele base for his upcoming landscaping company (besides raising a family and working a full-time job and all that)...Jake and his wife Sarah just had their first child and he's busy with all that comes along with having an infant (including adapting to the crazy sleep schedules...or rather 'lack thereof' sleep schedule) ...Robert has been working lots of hours at his job and just recently got a promotion (which will mean even more hours for a while until his old position gets properly filled)...and I have been juggling remote session guitar work/production work for an NJ/NY-based artist/producer network alongside starting FP recording sessions back up to push 'Rabbit Hole' and 'Getting Away' to completion (plus my usual 'day job' guitar lessons...yada yada). The bad news is that we won't have a suitable time for all four of us to rehearse together until closer to winter, which means no live performances in the near future. The good news is that we are making good use of our downtime by writing new material and we've been scratch-padding a lot of new ideas. I think we have 4-5 songs in the works at various stages of development. Good things are coming...

2) Recording sessions for 'Rabbit Hole' and 'Getting Away' are picking back up again but they need a lot of work. I'd liken them to having started construction on a couple of personal houses, only to have other 'work' come along that sidelines the building process...then after a few months you come back to the old worksite and all you see is a mess of building materials scattered all over the place as you try to figure out where you last left off. But in a short amount of time I have cleaned up the 'detritus' and starting putting things back in order and have even been whittling away at recording new tracks again. Drums and bass parts are fully tracked...the guitars just need finished as do the bulk of the vocals. Then the 'detailing' can begin and soon we'll have ourselves a couple of new songs to share with the world (disclaimer here: that's still a ton of work). Thank God we haven't been under any contractual deadlines with this stuff...although had that been the case I wouldn't have picked up the extra freelance work that sidelined FP progress in the first place. Hopefully I can stay on task better now that I have most of my bigger side projects wrapped up...And it feels good to be a guitar player again!

So that's all for now. Not a lot of new info or other exciting announcements. But I at least wanted to give everyone an update as extended silence can be deafening...

And now it's time to get back to work and put the hands to the plow...

Thanks for checking in...

~ Todd