It’s been forever since the last update, mainly because between work and family life I get a lot less time to build pedals. I do still build the odd utility pedal now and then, but the exciting stuff, the development of new pedals, is simply too time consuming for me to dig too deeply into. The concepts and ideas of new pedals still excites me greatly, but the reality is that digitally I can create the sounds in my head a lot easier and a lot cheaper than trying to design and build a new pedal.
I still play guitar when I can, and on the second of December the band I play guitar for, ThisFire, released our second EP – Demons. We haven’t been as active in recent months mainly because we aren’t all based in and around Minehead anymore, but we still write and gig as much as possible.We were super excited heading into the studio to record this one because four of the five songs that made it onto the EP were still very fresh having only been gigged a few times.
With this record we were determined to capture the live energy that often seems so hard to transfer onto a recording, and decided the only way to go about it was to record the EP as live as possible, which meant all of us being in the same room. The technical difficulties this brings must have been considerable, but luckily we found the right man and studio for the job. Joseph Buckler from Yak Music Studios in Wellington, Somerset, did an amazing job of accommodating our desire to record live while keeping excellent separation between the instruments. In the final recordings most of the guitar tracks and all of the vocals overdubbed, but the drums and bass are live in their entirety. Demons took two seven hour days to record, and many hours of patient mixing and mastering on Josephs part, but the result is well beyond what we dared imagine was possible in search short time and a small budget.
A massive shout must also go to graphic designer and long-term friend of ThisFire, Tim Logg, who did an incredible job with the artwork for Demons. I’ve always loved simple, bold album covers and band logos, and taking that into account Tim nailed it!
We released a video to accompany the first song that we released from Demons, Wrong Things, compiled from footage filmed in the studio, but there’s a few live clips in there for good measure too!