We're back home. Where did the time go?
We are going to continue working in January in Stockholm. We'll get more videos then.
Here's the parts 1-6 as a holiday re-run. :)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Need to relax? Tired of the daily grind?
Here's an alternative for drowning your sorrow into alcohol and bad nightlife: Naphopping!
Step 1. Get yourself really tired. (sing, play, pump iron, worry etc.)
Step 2. Find a weird place to sleep in. Something you're not used to. Choose a place that you propably won't recognize when you suddenly wake up. (a hotel room, you're friend's apartment, the attic, or total darkness)
Step 3. When you're hyper tired, set your alarm clock to wake you up in 1 hour, and set the snooze mode to 10 minute stretches.
Step 4. Fall asleep (yeah right)
Step 5. Alarm clock rings. When you wake up, hit the snooze button and quickly think of something you want to dream of (Jennifer Connelly, flying, humidors, Tegan & Sara, crossbows, a riff, custom guitars, world peace, raspberries...)
Step 6. If it's working as it should, you'll start dreaming of the thing you thought of during the sudden moment of clarity. Of course the logic of dreams adds the weird elements into your chosen topic, but if you concentrate really well, you could fly around with Jennifer Connelly, fighting together for world peace. She's super good with the crossbow and you can select the tastiest cigars out of your portable humidor-backpack while she takes out the bad guys.
Step 7. Wake up suddenly to the alarm again. Hit snooze. Think of something you'd like to add to the previous nap-flash, or if it was perfect, just try to continue from where you left off. If it works, you'll still rule the skies with jennifer, but this time with Daft Punk playing in the backround.
Step 8. Continue hopping from a dream to another as long as you wish. Don't stop if it gets weird, that's the best bit.
When you wake up, you'll feel surreal and weird, but hopefully also relaxed and cheery. When you get the feel of it, you can also adapt naphopping into your morning sleep. Just set your alarm ringing 50 min. in advance, so you'll have 5 flash-naps to hop into before you have to wake up for real.
Some otherworldly music could get you in the mood, just before the first collapse.
PJ Harvey: White Chalk
The Field: From Here We Go Sublime
Anything from The Knife or M83
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
What day is it? Thursday?
Yeeeaaa. It took some time to get this done, or actually it took time to find the time to do it. We've been super busy laying down the guitars, bass and vocals in. As usual the timetable seems frightening, and things start getting a bit crazy. We got four days to go, and there's so much stuff to be done. We have three different working stations around the studio, one for guitars, one for bass and one for the vocals. Allthough it's hard to get a perspective on the songs you are working so intensively on, but everything sounds very very good. We're healthy, fit, and smelly. We pump iron every morning. We are Rambo.
P.S. If our producer is called Pelle and engineer is Herman, what does that lead to?
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Here's the Video Diary part 4 for you. It's a bit shorter than the previous, but we try to keep the material even somehow informative.
Everything is moving smoothly. We finished all the basic drums&bass couple of days ago, Mikko did an amazing job banging the hell out his Yamahas, and Lasse's bass takes seem to be very solid.
Jussi has started to do overdubs on the guitars and tonight we're going to start on the vocals as well. Expect footage of that in the next video diaries. The album whole is starting to shape up. We still have 18 tracks to choose from, though. It's going to be a horrible task to start cutting more songs out. Think of having 18 children and having to choose which ones you are not going to give food to. Album title is another big question, we have some pretty strong contenders...
Apart from two trips to the Spar in the nearest village, we've been fairly isolated inside the studio. It's very comfortable in here and the outside world is starting to feel very distant. And there's really nowhere to go since we're surrounded by fields of corn as long as the eyes can see. At night it get's so dark that when you walk 20 meters from the studio area, you can't see even the lenght of your arm. If the electricity would go out, we'd shit our pants so fast. There's no streetlights in nothingness.
Friends, have a good day/night. Talk to you soon.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Who the hell is Michael Lee Roth? Yeeep, last night went on way too late :) And that of course made us sleep too late. And that propably makes us work too late tonight. But if we work really late it gets closer to working really early, so that's OK then.
Here's a melting man for you. He used to be a lumberjack. He's often seen in the countryside, nervously hovering above the fields with his axe. He's definitively not evil, but you can understand that his condition makes him very desperate and potentially very dangerous.
It's 4:14 in the morning. Sunday has turned in to a monday. Though when in the studio, you don't really follow the weekdays. In here every day feels like a saturday. We are not really in the mood to following the news or taking care of anything ordinary. We've solidly nailed four songs today. It's a track record. Everything sounds ridiculously good. We gave our selves the permit to loosen up a bit after the hammering, and we found out that Pelle turned out to be a Michael Lee Roth enthusiasist after a few glasses of wine. Then we listened to XTC and Dead Kennedys and gave ourselves the pleasure of even more wine! We really need to go to sleep right now.
Oh yeah, David Lee Roth is an nowadays an ambulance driver and Mikko is the re-incarnation of Keith Moon.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Good evening/morning. Here's the video diary part 2. Hope you get something out of it. Pro editing again...
We've had Saturday Night Fever in here. We just finished for today, we've been bashing down the groundwork pretty fluently. Mikko has been playing like a warlock.
Feeling like throwing up, let's go to sleep.