The 2012 Goldfinch Recording Process

top: I give a smirk while Aaron picks out a few parts on guitar during a break on Sunday. bottom: Paul's drum parts all written out.

top: I give a smirk while Aaron picks out a few parts on guitar during a break on Sunday. bottom: Paul's drum parts all written out.

My band, Goldfinch, is smack dab in the middle of the recording process! 

It's SOOOOO exciting.

We decided to do as much live tracking as possible this go 'round. Live tracking requires a higher level of skill, a more intimate knowledge of the songs, and a heightened ability as individuals to play as one unit. It's old school and it's so much more rewarding than the overdub process. I loved it.

Essentially we practiced like mad for a couple weeks beforehand. Then Saturday we set all the gear up and ran through a couple songs once or twice. Sunday we hit it hard and recorded/played each song on the album 3-5 times in a row until all 4 of us thought we'd gotten a really good take. (We were able to nail some of the songs in less than 2 takes!) Monday held a lot of listening to select which of the takes we thought captured each song the best. Plus that night I added the 3rd vocal lines and Alex put down some really hiney-kickin' lead guitar parts. 

Location, Location, Location

We landed on using a couple connections to the WA house of the guitarist for the 70's/80's band Heart. (Let it be known, we are nothing close to sounding like Heart.) Howard Leese currently lives in Los Angeles and graciously offered us use of his "mountain home" to set up an obscene amount of mic cables, wires, guitar amps, etc. Our engineer, Zach Varnell, kept saying things like, "Do you hear that?!" [Silent buzzing of electrical humming...] "That's the sound of the house waiting to be played like an instrument!" He was right. That house has got some really good tones going on. We were honored to have it become Goldfinch's home this month.

The album is going to blow your socks off. Just you wait.

This weekend: Over-dubbing pedal steel, cello, keys, organ, rhodes, wurlitzer, and possibly harp! 

More to come soon!