Blood, Sweat & Tears - How to Write an Album
Blood Sweat and Tears – How To Write An Album
For the last month whilst you have all been off travelling the globe, ticking things off of your bucket list or enjoying your candied dates at Iftar we have probably seen less direct sunlight than a Vampire.
The Boxtones have been holed away, rummaging around in our tiny little minds trying to create a masterpiece!
Each day of Ramadan, the sound of sizzling brain cells and cramping fingers could be heard from outside The Boxtones studio as a result of our efforts. Trying to make an album out of a bunch of instruments, some very frazzled brains, whilst surviving on sandwiches, homemade banana muffins and a good few crates of Irn Bru was hectic and exhausting but a whole heap of fun and we’re happy to say, it has also been as fruitful as a fruit basket!
Working under pressure seems to suit us as we have managed to lay down two- thirds of our new album in it’s skeleton form and are still busying ourselves with the runaway train of our ideas. It’s like Pringles – Once you pop you can’t stop!
It’s always a nerve-wracking thing at first. You lay down the first few beats, riffs or lyrical lines and present it to the rest of the band like a kid handing in their homework. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will they laugh? Let’s just say there definitely were a few laughs and false starts, but it’s all a process and seeing your ideas take form and then being shaped in to something new once everyone adds their input has been the best fun!
It helped that we managed to design and build our very own studio for writing and recording beforehand. Having our own place to chill and create was a big help. We want to give a huge shout out to the guys over at NMK for hooking us up, to Shure for the ace KSM9 and headphones and of course to Lynn Tierney for our awesome studio artwork! Let’s not forget the magic of Ikea too when it comes to pimping out the chill areas. The boys really love an Ikea outing on a busy Friday afternoon, isn’t that right boys?
Now with all the writing and recording, video shoots and photography sessions come hand in hand. We were so chuffed with our last shoot by the very talented Julian Barton of Barton Portraits that we had to see what cool shots he could come up with next. Julian has photographed some of the most iconic celebrities in the business including Janet Jackson, Patrick Swayze and the legend that is Tom Jones! It was a hilarious day and once again he managed to make this scraggy rabble look presentable for the public, so kudos to that man!
Now that the working season is back in full swing you can bet on seeing us around town at some pretty exciting events and venues, so keep checking our social media sites to keep up to date with all of the latest from The Boxtones and where to come see us live! But remember, if we look a bit pasty it’s probable that we are still lacking some vitamin D from all of our studio time so don’t go spraying us with garlic!
It’s a whirlwind of activity at the moment but we’re loving every moment and can’t wait to share all of our hard work with you this fall!