So it's been a little while since I've updated. To be honest, I stepped away from everything for a little while. Between a health scare that knocked me out for a few months and a bunch of personal life changes, I haven't been very active online. I'm still recording and making things, as always, I just haven't been doing my progress reports. So this will be a fairly large update. Sorry for the dump.
I'll start with Radical Face. On the recording front, I am getting close to wrapping up the next volume in The Bastards. As always, it'll be a free ep, and this one will be 5 songs instead of 3. Or that's where I'm at now, at least. Sometimes things get moved around more than I expect. That will be available late summer or early fall. I'm also laying all the groundwork for the last record in "The Family Tree" set, which will come out next year. I'm really excited to finally have the whole project laid down. Kinda crazy to think I started working on this since 2008. It'll be a 7 year project once I'm done. I genuinely had no idea what I was getting into. Hahaha.
I recently did another music video, this time for "The Mute". I put it up in a couple other places, but forgot to add it here. Info on the shoot can be found in the description on YouTube, but similar to the previous ones, friends and family swooped in to help me. After a handful of rewrites and having to recast everything a few times, the pieces finally fell into place. Here's the result:
A friend of mine, Hunter O'Shea, also made a video out of one of the live shows from last years' tour. He shot it on 8mm film, and then cut it to "We All Go the Same" from the last album. I thought it came out really cool, so I uploaded it to the YouTube channel. Here's that one:
And lastly, I added a handful of shows to the "Shows" section of this here website. These are the only shows I'm doing this year, which I realize is not many, but I got a lot of recording to do. I will try to do some more next year.
Next up, Clone. This is finally (finally!) coming out. In about a month. Still have a little more work to do on the narration videos, and in finishing the site, but we are ready to release it. It will be coming out on my mini-label, Bear Machine, which will be getting a dedicated website soon (more on that in my next post). Since Clone is a story-driven album, we've decided to release it a section at a time, one each week. Kinda like the old "Tune in next week to find out what happens to our hero!" radio serials. There are six acts total. We will be taking preorders for the thumbdrives and physical over the course of this unveiling, for those of you who would like to actually own the album. But it will all be available online for free, and we hope if folks like it, they'll share it. We're doing this whole release ourselves, so we'd appreciate any help we can get on spreading the word.
But yeah, it is all happening soon. I'll do another update once it's ready to launch. And I will be giving a heads up on the release of each act through the upcoming Bear Machine website, as well as my mailing list. So if you'd like to stay up on that, the sign up is over in the top right of the screen.
Next on the list is Electric President. We are in the midst of making a new album. It's going well, and we're having a lot of fun with it so far. But we're gonna release this one differently than we have in the past.
Due to our schedules (both work and personal), and just getting older and fatter, Alex and I can't work consistently anymore. So the plan is this: instead of waiting years to get the material together for this new record, we've decided to release it as we go. When we finish the songs, we will make them available, one at a time. Sometimes we will make videos. Sometimes we won't. Naturally, all of this will be online and digital. But we will eventually make physical copies as well. Because we work in such a scattered way now, it's more fun to just do one song and not worry about its context, so the album is being built like a mix-tape instead of a front-to-back concept driven album.
The idea is that we will eventually take 10 to 12 songs we've already made available online and press them on vinyl, perhaps making small runs of 7 inches along the way. We'll be taking feedback for what people would like to have pressed, and they'll be compiled into "Mix 1" and "Mix 2" as we go. I think we might also press 7 inches for all the ones no one cares about. That series could be called "The Shit No One Wants." Hahaha.
But this will all happen as a dedicated website, and will also be released through Bear Machine. I expect everything to begin for this in the Fall, as we already have 6 songs pretty far along. So if this is of any interest to you, check back!
I have more to say about upcoming things, most notably what I'll be doing with Bear Machine in the near future, but that will be next post. I think this is enough for now.
Oh, but one more note: I am implementing a new, bot-free forum that anyone can sign up for soon. It's taken me ages to get this in place, but that's mostly because I was being a bum. I'll fix that very soon.
I hope everyone as well.