|28 APRIL, 2016
The kid can play | I'll admit I was a little distracted at our last show. For starters, it had been a while. More importantly still, a new guy was sitting behind the drums: our son. Gibson James Kite left everyone gobsmacked April 2 at Louie G's in Fife, including his old man. The kid can play. He possesses a rare combination of fire and poise. He pushed the limits all night but was always in control. He's only fifteen, which means he can only sit in on all-ages shows with us for now, but my hunch is we'll be playing a few of those in the coming months.
Here he is playing "Split Rail" (Amnesty) with us:
19 MARCH, 2016
Progress report | We've been busy little bees. In October, we recorded six songs with Jonathan Plum at London Bridge Studio. Well, technically, we recorded just the drums (with Chris G doing the honors). Everything else was just a scratch (temporary) track. Since then, we've been toiling away at our respective home studios to put the finishing touches on vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboard. We're thrilled with what we've got so far, but the finish line isn't yet in sight.
In the meantime, we've got a couple live shows in the works. The first will be an all-ages one at Louie G's Pizza (Fife) on April 2. Gibson Kite, now 15, will be sitting behind the drums (take cover!). The second will be at Tim's Tavern (Seattle) on May 7 with Roger Johnson pounding out the backbeat (woot!). For more details, see our calendar on the home page.
8 AUGUST, 2015
Our own propaganda | We recently stumbled across a propaganda film from the Vietnam War era and were mesmerized by some of the footage. The 25-minute film is entitled Twenty-Five Hour Day, and we managed to cut it down to about three and a half minutes of spooky imagery. All it needed was a soundtrack::
2 JULY, 2015
A long overdue update | Things are beginning to take shape for our next recording. We've got six songs and a general timetable. If all goes as planned, we'll record "Winter," "Kairos," "Sweet-Song," "Dream Too Much," "Love Falls Like Snow," and "Fuzz Sack" (working title) this September. The plan is to track the drums at London Bridge Studios and then bass, vocals, guitar, and keyboard at our respective home studios. As for mixing and mastering, well, we'll jump off those bridges when we get to them.
Although busily rehearsing and trading preproduction demos, we have had some time to attend a couple of monumental occasions. The first was a welcome-home party in April for Jamie Buckley, a Seattle-ite by way of Scotland who has been separated from his husband Tim due to, among other things, red tape and the slow march of social progress. When he was finally able to return to Seattle for good and reunite with Tim, his friends threw him a bash at R Place on Capitol Hill in Seattle. We were honored to provide live music for the event -- and later on to clear our instruments out of the way so the drag queens could take center stage.
It was a special night for many reasons, not the least of them our own little reunion on stage. Bassist Jay Perry flew up from Phoenix to sit in for Greg Strickland, and the four of us (Jay, MB, Roger, and me), basked in our little trip back through time. We mostly played material from the Spinner, Amnesty, and Be era, although we did throw in "Golden Hour" and "Siren" (Siren) both of which Jay had played long before they found their way onto an album. Toward the end, we played a couple of cover songs, one featuring Jamie on vocals (he rocked it in a kilt). We drank one too many fireballs that night but otherwise left with smiles on our faces (and only mild hangovers).
Greg couldn't make it to the party because, well, he was busy preparing for his own wedding one week later near the Ballard Locks, where he tied the knot with his lovely bride Martha Nichols. The outdoor ceremony was pitch-perfect, complete with unusually mild spring weather, a gaggle of adorable flower girls, and a string trio that sent Greg and Martha down the aisle to the tune of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" (guilty pleasure!). Afterward, we ate, drank, and danced the night away. Chris G, Greg, MB, and I even stood still long enough for a photo. Chris will be joining us on drums for our forthcoming recording.
3 APRIL, 2015
Oops | We're still in full-on creative mode, which means we've been dedicating zero time to this website, our Facebook page, or any other social media outlet. Music publicists, band managers, and industry gurus all advise against ever dropping out -- even for a second. Indeed, we're supposed to make time for regular and frequent interaction with our fans and friends. All I can say on our behalf is, "Oops."
We really need to go away for a while sometimes, and this is one of those times. The plus side: we're hard at work on the next album. Mary Beth and I have been e-mailing demos to Greg (bass) and Chris (drums), and the four of us have been getting together to work out arrangements. We're not sure if the forthcomiong album is going to be a full-length effort or "just" an EP. So far we've been operating with only one rule in mind: no rules. Chris whipped out a double-bass drum part for a song called "Winter," and we all smiled. That's something that has never made it onto a TWBA record.