10 May 2011
"Studio Update Number One - The Horrible
Coming to you from a secret location
in the Shore of New Jersey, we have begun recording for the Horrible Crowes.
So far we've got the drums, percussion, and drum loops pretty well wrapped
up in bow thanks to Steve Sidelnyk. Ian finished all the bass parts yesterday
and today, and I've done 60% of the Piano work and about 80% of the Hammond
B-3 Organs, it's been a pretty productive not-even-first-week. The piano
you see pictured above was also used on a record called "Bat Out of Hell"
by a guy named Meatloaf, which is one of my top twenty albums of all time.
We've got amps upon amps and noises upon noises, the exciting thing for
me is this is coming out better than I could have ever dreamed. Benny came
down today to hang out and we had a great time listening to all the parts
we've laid down so far. There's an electricity in the air, the weather's
breathing warmer, and the ocean is at my fingertips again. It's good to
be home, it's good to be back in the studio with Ted Hutt and Ryan Mall,
and this record is going to make the old women blush and the young girls
scream. Like Greg Duli says... 'does he love you? cause if he doesn't I'll
be here all night.'"
11 May 2011:
"The Place I Used to Stand...
Studio Update 2: The Horrible Crowes
Today we did guitars and more guitars...
for the gear people, we're using:
'51 Supro Spectator
'63 Supro Thunderbolt
'66 Super Reverb
Dr. Z Route 66
It's very careful with the guitars,
each song has different need with this record. Most of the time I just
grab one amp and one guitar and bang out a record. Today alone I've actually
recorded songs with two Nash Telecasters, a '58 VOS Gibson Les Paul, One
Nash Strat, One Gibson Blues King, and an ES-335. All that for about five
songs, I haven't even gotten to the other five that actually have guitars
in them. There's two songs with no guitar at all. Not to mention Ian's
done all his bass tracks, and Steve's done all his drum tracks. I've played
the drums, and Ian still has his guitars to do. It's a whole lot of instruments
on this one. We've also put the drum loops and programing in there as well.
Get ready, and hold on to your seats.
This is a record to ache to."
13 May 2011:
Studio Update 3: The Horrible Crowes
Well, we're moving along. Today was
Friday the 13th... Anyway... Today we did a TON of stuff. We laid down
about five vocals, more guitars, and knocked out the last of the old Hammond
B-3, which is an amazing instrument, and I've found myself pretty attached
to it, which I'm sure will end up on the next Gaslight record, which we
plan to start writing as soon as I'm done with the Crowes record. Onward
and upward... about a week left!"
Benny Horowitz writes on his blog
(13 May 2011): "Went down to the studio to visit Ian and Brian working
on the Crowes record, it's sounding super smooth, people are gonna be stoked."
14 May 2011:
Studio Update 4: The Horrible Crowes
We're completely in overdrive mode
now, all the basic tracks are done, all the vocals are done, I can't believe
we got it all in there so quick... we've been in the studio for less than
two weeks. Right now Ian's in there working up his guitar parts, slides,
delays, tremolos...and one mighty red ES-335. We're also going to be moving
studios on Monday to do the final overdubs, backing vocals, and noises...
bottles, breaking glass, the ocean, slamming car doors... that sort of
thing. Expect everything."
16 May 2011:
"Birth Of The Cool ...
Studio Update 5: The Horrible Crowes
Today we moved into a new studio
to complete the final stages of the record. We had Adele Jensen come in
to play trumpet, and it sounds amazing! Like Miles, and Coltrane... There's
some big stuff coming this week, we have strings, Benny's coming to play
a HUGE tympani drum, it's out of control. It's coming together in an amazing
way, and you're going to be very excited. We're not releasing any previews,
or sample tracks or anything prior to the first official single. The reason
is that this CANNOT be heard in any other than it's proper form. We'd be
doing a great injustice to release a demo version or anything less than
the final product for you to hear. It's been a long wait for all of us,
but it's going to be so very, very worth it when you see the artwork with
the actual record or cd and play it for the first time. Thank you for your
patience and we're very grateful for everyone's interest in what we're
doing here, we're so proud of it and we hope you will enjoy it. We sure
have had a blast making it so far and we can't wait to put the final touches
17 May 2011:
"You Cry All Night Long Keepin' the
Studio Update 6: The Horrible Crowes
Now we're cooking with gas... bullet
mics and gospel singing. We went over some vocals and did some retakes
of the stuff that was sounding too clean with a Shure Bullet mic, which
you normally use for harmonicas, but we use 'em for vocals sometimes 'cause
it sounds awesome. We used TONS of Fuzz pedals, and got maybe one of the
coolest guitar tones ever with a JMI Rangemaster that Ian bought me last
year for my birthday. Benny Horowitz is coming down tomorrow to bang on
a big huge drum and to help us stomp and clap. This record has bunch of
twists and turns, some songs sound like the darkest soul music since Black
Love by the Afghan Whigs, some of the songs are Tom Waits and Neil Young's
band that never was... and there's some stuff to make PJ Harvey proud.
The Record carries out like a novel, there's a beginning and and end, a
fall from grace and a little salvation. Son of a Preacher Man... and we're
shooting for a September release before I hit the road with Chuck on the
Revival tour. Almost done..."
19 May 2011:
"There Was Blood on My Teeth...
Studio Update 7: The Horrible Crowes
Well, now we've done it, we've crossed
the line into strings and we can never go back, we had the Parkington Sisters
come in and play some of the most beautiful strings I've ever heard. They
also laid some of the wildest accordion down since Tom Waits. We have one
more day of recording and then Ted's off to mix it and then it's a waiting
game until September when it comes out.
Here we go!"
23 May 2011:
The Horrible Crowes write on Facebook
that "Recording is now finished and Ted is back in LA to Mix!"
24 May 2011
Studio Update 8: The Horrible Crowes
We finally finished up after about
seventeen days of recording for the record. It's scheduled to be released
on September 6th on Side One Dummy records. We've got 12 songs, and we're
all very excited to have been able to do this record. Thanks to everyone
who helped and who's watching!"
8 June 2011:
The Horrible Crowes write on Twitter:
"Record is mixed and now off to mastering!!!!! Sounds KILLER!!!"
10 June 2011:
The Horrible Crowes write on Twitter: "Record is mastered. Officially done!".
They add on Facebook: "We just got the masters back and they sound
AMAZING! Preview track coming soon!"
All photos posted by the Horrible
Crowes on Twitter, Facebook, etc., can
be found here.