Ah, another snowy day. What better way to prepare for all the touring and working we are doing in the Spring, Summer and Fall than to suffer through shoveling snow and being cooped up indoors for another few weeks?
After re-writing, re-singing and re-organizing a few final songs, I've passed all the files over to Justin Broadrick. So now we sit back and anticipate the first batch of songs getting sent back to us. This record has been a pretty interesting and unique process for this band and it's only appropriate that at it's most crucial point, the finishing elements of these songs are, at least for now, beyond our reach.
I listened back to a couple quick early mixes yesterday morning and I'm surprised and pleased at the direction and pacing with these songs. I don't think this album will be indicative of what comes next so much as a milemarker for this band - it closes the doors on some elements that we've used, and opens doors to a new stylistic palette. All three of us have no idea what the reaction from people will be with this material, but that is part of why making music is so alluring in the first place.
Coming up next for us is a jaunt down to SXSW. Yes, we'll be rolling in our giant ass veggie bus, partying on Red River in Austin and playing at the 4th Annual "Goodbye South By" Finale Party at RED7 - which is always a highlight of the year for us. As much as we hate doing it, it's going to be a pretty short trip with only a handful of shows this time. Money is pretty tight these days with all that we have on the horizon, and the economy and blah blah blah excuses. As well as drinking our weight in Lone Stars, we will be premiering some of the new material, so SXSW will be your first chance to hear all that we've been raving about like excited little children. mmm... Lone Stars.