Recording the album 4 – Studio

I thought it would be really good for us to rehearse in the space that we would be recording the album in.  It meant we were familiar with our surroundings, that all the gear was set up and that we could just get on with recording when we returned on Monday.

I’d booked the studio for and afternoon to evening slot, on the Saturday before our recording week.  We all arrived around lunch time and had lunch and a chat before setting up.  Rachel had discovered a cafe around the corner that did hot chicken, bacon and cheese sandwiches which were a hit with the band as was Rach, when she wasn’t around everyone was asking where she was!  

Once we were set up we ran the songs.  I’d made some lyrical changes to some of the songs as a result of meetings that I had had with Mike Burn (Family Worship) and Chris and Jennie Orange (ICF).  I didn’t realise how important the lyrical changes were to the the rest of the band but the changes did affect the way the band were playing, so that was a lesson learnt.

It was great to hear everyone’s musical ideas coming together.  Robs bass line for “I Will Not Fear” gave us the groove for that song.  Hen’s drumming on ‘Wait for the Lord” made it edgy, Ben came up with the rhythm guitar part for “Wait for the Lord” at the studio rehearsal, when he started to play it we all looked at him and said ‘make a note!’

I was right into muso language by this point which was kind of cool,  I felt like I’d found my sea legs.

We had a lot of fun at this rehearsal.  I could see everyone’s appreciation for eachothers ideas, creativity and skills.   We had gelled together as a team which was so important to me.

Recording the Album 3 – rehearsals

At the first rehearsal everyone got to know each other. Some of the band members already knew each other.

I had asked my friend Rachel to come along to all the rehearsals and to the studio because I wanted someone around who would look after the needs of the band in terms of us being fed and watered; Rachel has a flair for food, what can I say. Her taking this role on meant that I was able to concentrate on the music. Also I was glad of her female company, men and women just don’t think alike and although all the band are wonderful men I did feel out numbered.

I had sent out mp3’s to the band before the first rehearsal, taking on Rob Medley’s advice about letting the band live with the songs for a while. We took a little time at the beginning of the session to listen to the songs live. Then we began throwing our ideas about, everybody contributed the the session.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go with a couple of songs so they took shape quite quickly. “Wherever You Lead Me” came together really well; it took off in the rehearsal, I think that was because everybody could relate to the song and it’s ‘all out serve to God’ message The other songs needed more work.

We played through all the songs at the first rehearsal. The foundation had been laid.