I can’t believe it’s been a year since we recorded this song. I wrote a blog that I never published earlier this year and thought now might be a good time to post it.
It started with an email I got on December 1st 2011 titled “Praise God!” that contained an acoustic demo of a new song that my best friend Andrew Shearer had started writing. Andrew wrote in the email:
In the demo Andrew further explained the song and how he thought this song would be great with a full band, and also with group vocals on the chorus. I was very excited about what I was hearing in this demo and couldn’t wait till it was time to record! In the next week, Andrew had got with some friends and they started putting this song together and polishing it up. A WEEK LATER they had decided to become a band, and this song would be their first release. We booked December 17th, 2011 at Suma Recording and started telling people about it.
So if you’re paying attention here that’s a 17 day time cycle from song creation to band creation to recording . Pretty intense if you ask me! The 17th came and that blur of a day turned into a great session! We decided to track the whole band live with scratch acoustic and vocals and then record the final acoustic and vocals for real later. We only did about 3 takes all the way through and they pretty much nailed the song each time. We decided on the take we liked the most and brought in the group vocals. We had about 10-12 friends and family come to help with the group vox. From there, we shifted modes a bit and set the studio up for the music video. I forgot to mention that we had this crazy idea to record a song AND a music video in the same day! It took us about 5 or 6 run-throughs to get all the footage we needed. I was VERY happy with how the recording came out and was feeling good about the video as well. It sure helps having a group of very talented and creative people to work with. A couple months later we got the song mixed and the video edited and released the song on valentines day. This was the start of a great band, The Lesser Ones. And I am so happy to have been a part of this!
Be sure to check out The Lesser Ones at their social sites. They’ve got some new music coming out soon and some more exciting things as well!
Here’s some technical details for the nerdy people out there.
Recorded at Suma Recording Studio in Painesville, Ohio. Mixed in my home studio in Pro Tools with a hand full of various plugins and an ART Pro VLA II compressor on lead Vox and Acoustic guitar, as well as a Lexicon MX-200 reverb on drums and a Furman RV-1 spring reverb on group vocals. It’s nice being able to use outboard gear while mixing in the box. It allows me to have hands on control of real devices, and they are much more organic than plugins (Well except for the mx-200, as it’s a digital reverb. But it’s still nice having physical controls.)