Behind the Scenes

Sometimes band practices can be fun. With a group of six busy members in a situation where nobody is being paid, it can be difficult to be regular about them. We were down a couple of members last night so we did things a little differently.

We started things off by choosing a setlist for our next show, using a modified single transferrable vote system. Here’s proof that we’re probably the most nerdy group in town at the moment:

As you can see, the first initials of the names of the people at practice, put together, spell “A PIE.”

As for the practice, that consisted of running parts of songs over and over to try and perfect our harmonies. It was nice, all of us gathered around a piano just like in the movies, only it was a synthesiser and I was only taking stills:

Iain was in a boy band back in the 90s.

Writing

I’m currently exploring new ways of writing. Or rather, new approaches to convincing my body to write. My aim is to have a good body of material ready to record the follow up to Apologiesat the end of the year. At the moment I have a few new numbers that the band have been playing, but we’re a wee way off the target as yet.

One approach I’ve taken is to sit down and record some ideas that have been floating around, or some very old songs that I’ve never recorded. Unfortunately I’m surprisingly private about this process so I tend to do it very quietly, very late at night, which colours the results somewhat. I hope to piece together bits of these and put them on the PoiseEP which I should have out somewhere in the middle of the year.

Another angle is to write or record or produce absolutely anything that comes out of me, with the idea that the process will foster writing for Sunley. As a result of that, the Yumbo project has been ressurected:

“Enough”, by Yumbo. There’s not much to this one, but I reckon if I’m having a boogie while tracking it there’s no real harm. Enjoy.

Anyway, these are a couple of approaches. Sometimes I just can’t bring myself to pick up a guitar and I really don’t know why. I’d love to hear if anybody else has any ideas on how to stimulate writing!