Mark your calendar! Saturday, Nov. 14th, we will be performing in Jim’s basement, previewing our new music video, and offering digital downloads of our new album! This is big news in my world, as I have been waiting for this moment for a loooooong time. It’s finally here! This party is by invite-only. Odds are,… Continue reading Saturday, Nov. 14th Video Premiere and Pre-CD-Release Show!!!
The recording process takes place in 3 stages: Recording Re-mixing Mastering Noah just sent me the first masters, and they sound awesome! We are really in the home stretch now, because this means that we are done with the recording and re-recording of things. In all actuality, the recording process is a bit more disjointed… Continue reading Noah Kicks Ass! First Masters are In!!!
We are doing some brand-positioning research for our forthcoming album, and we need your help! Give this mp3 a listen, then take this survey.
Yesterday, I wrapped up recording guitars on “Lori won’t get out of my way!” The song needed some beef, and I think the new guitar parts add just that. The parts are more varied than on other songs, as I used BOTH acoustic and distortion sounds, all from the ol’ Marshall stack. Of course, the… Continue reading Another One Down!
Yesterday, I recorded electric guitar parts for “It’s time to decide!”, which is a track off of our forthcoming release, Faraway Farm. The parts are sweet and smooth, straying towards the acoustic edge of the Marshall stack than the other parts I have been recording recently. Listen to “It’s time to decide!“ http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01-Its-Time-to-Decide-I-Promise-You-Everything..mp3Podcast: Play in… Continue reading It's Time To Decide – Sweet Sounds Coming out of the Marshall Stack!
Yesterday, I spent 6 hours recording some scorching ambiance and lead lines for “2 Sisters“. Every time I plug my Marshall stack in, I get lost in the beautiful noises that it makes. It has surprising range and crunches when I push it. My solid state Fender Princeton Chorus, on the other hand, produces a… Continue reading 2 Sisters with Some Edge, mp3
Here is what is on my band-related docket right now in order of priority: Finish the new album! Start “song-a-week” workshop thing (and write a song a week) Build “Guitar Lessons/Media/Lyrics” page/interface I have been traveling so damn much recently that it has been hard to get into a groove. Maybe the first thing on… Continue reading Focus
Yesterday Noah called to tell me that he thinks the album needs something extra to fill it out. I agree. It is currently lacking that “something” that makes an album sound great. We talked it over and decided that more guitars might be just what the album needs to give it a kick in the… Continue reading Can You Say Lead Guitar?
I have been doing some thinking on the new record, and when I listen to the songs all together, I get the feeling that there are two categories that the songs fit into: Damn, that was a long way back from the black infinity of sadness. Let’s dust our clothes off, take a shower, and… Continue reading Thoughts on a Dual EP Release
I just got back from listening to records over at Colin’s house. We spun the new International Espionage 7″ record, which, by the way, is fabulous, before rolling through some of the new Cryns #3 tracks. I forgot how nice it is to just sit around with a friend and listen to records. I used… Continue reading Listening to Records
Cryns #3 is one of a million bands trying to get press. Because we are a relative unknown act, we need to be creative and unique in order to get noticed. One aspect of our promotional push will be story-telling. That is, we will try to tell a compelling story that will perk up ears… Continue reading Want to Help Me Write My Band's Story?
I just realized that I forgot to attach the “2 Sisters” mp3 from yesterday’s post. That’s okay, though, because I am attaching it to this post…AND MORE!!! I need your help. We are in the process of deciding on a final mix for our new record and would love to hear your feedback on the… Continue reading Help Me Mix My New Record! Feedback Needed!
(Above: 2 Sisters/SoulSistas at our show last Saturday) Hi! We are rolling! Rolling, I tell ya! Here is a link to our most recent mixdown of “2 Sisters” from our forthcoming record. We are looking for mixing feedback at present – things like “the vocals are too quiet”, “I can’t hear the kick drum”, etc.… Continue reading Mixdown of "2 Sisters" – Feedback?
It’s nearing 2 a.m., and I am wrapping up some late night work for my current contract employer. After a gig at The Clubhouse in San Luis Obispo, a guy from a popular band out there (I can’t remember the name…) told me that I could make more money building websites while touring than the… Continue reading Tour Imminent?
I am reading David Meerman Scott’s “The New Rules of Marketing & PR“, and I am thinking of new ways to market my band, including blogging, podcasting, and press releases. I am already doing all three of these things with little consistency and little measurable results. That is, I am not sure if all my… Continue reading Bringing Online Social Media to My Band
With all but one vocal part done, we are entering the final stretch of our recording process for the new Cryns #3 record, which will likely be called “Faraway Farm”. The initial recordings are sounding good, and a select group of fans and friends have already provided some great preliminary feedback. I’m bringing in a… Continue reading Recording Progress Made!
I spent much of yesterday and today mixing down mp3s of the new Cryns #3 record. The next step will be for me to listen to them a few times and figure out if I am happy with them as-is or if I need to do some more work on them. Of course, these are… Continue reading Mixing Down the New Record