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Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:21 pm

Big rocks moving this week and can see a chink of blue from within the cave I have been in for too long and which has not been a healthy space as I was really feeling the pressure.

To be honest I took on far too much and was finding it too hard to break down the mountains as more boulders seemed to pile up as soon as I shifted one out the way.

I made some tough decisions.

I talked openly with C

alum Malcolm yesterday about the album schedule. It had been worrying me and close friends had noticed just how stressed out I was becoming as I sought advice and opinions on the situation.

We have decided to put the album recording back to February for a release in mid May on the front edge of the UK tour.

Although I have 12 songs in various stages the majority are nowhere near completion with 4 titles only seeds of ideas and yet to sprout into a recognisable shape.
The original game plan was to start recording mid November and even a shift to the end of that month was courting disaster.
I cannot come out with a half baked album and after 5 years I figured another 4 months would not be the end of the world.

Steve and I got off to a great start with 7 songs in good order but requiring other inputs and ideas.

Availabilities, powercuts,festivals,other unavoidable miscellaneous distractions and old fashioned "block" derailed the momentum and despite taking unwanted but necessary breaks we started to grind down in front of the oncoming convention and it's 3 weeks of rehearsals.

Foss and I had managed to put together one song between us and move on some other ideas as well as fill in some gaps on Steve's tracks.

Frank had come in and added some more ideas in the couple of broken weeks he could come in but at this stage in the game we only really have 4 songs that are playable in rough form for the convention in just over 3 weeks.

I had to face the facts and decided to reorganise after the convention and allow myself another 3 months to commit to finishing the writing before I entered the studio proper.
Calum is in total agreement with this rescheduling and he will be at the helm in February.

I know some of you will be disappointed but this is an important album for me and it has to be as near perfect as I can possibly make it.

The main European touring had already shifted due to venue availabilities to September with 2 weeks of UK touring in May and potential festivals in the Summer the only live work planned so far.

An album release to mid May will not drastically effect any of those touring plans and may end up being more beneficial in the long run.

I have discussed all the changes with Mark Wilkinson and we have more than enough time to develop the artwork and packaging (examples of which will be able to be seen at the Convention) and prepare it well before the recordings are actually completed.

Yatta is also happy with the release schedules re his booking of the live events.

Next week the full band takes on the 4 tracks we do have in relatively good shape so we can at least have something to play at Leamington.

I have to admit to being able to take a bit of a sigh of relief after yesterday's decision and now can see the wood, the trees and a blue sky of sorts.

I'll post more later, I have a DVD insert to write out now!
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Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:04 pm

An extra three months will be well worth the wait for the album to be the best it possibly can. I recall tales of jettisoning material that was destined for 'Clutching at Straws' and giving it time to 'work'- the results were worth it! Looking forward to the new songs at the convention.

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:14 pm

Not disappointed. - Very happy to wait for something that you consider to be the very best it can be. - Can't wait to hear those four songs in Lemmers! :)

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:43 am

It took Guns n Roses 17 years between Use Your Illusion and Chinese Democracy so 6 years is no time at all ;)


I often wonder how bands in the 70s and early 80s were able to bring out quality albums every year.
Hardly any band does that any more.
I think that bands like Muse and Coldplay are prolific but even their albums have 3 year gaps

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:53 am

Teddynonose wrote:It took Guns n Roses 17 years between Use Your Illusion and Chinese Democracy so 6 years is no time at all ;)


I often wonder how bands in the 70s and early 80s were able to bring out quality albums every year.
Hardly any band does that any more.
I think that bands like Muse and Coldplay are prolific but even their albums have 3 year gaps


Yeah. Rush have slowed down over the years too... and they have tiers of management to deal with the kind of daily mind-feck bollocks that Fish has to do all by himself!! :shock:

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. ;) 8-)

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:21 am

Conan wrote:
Teddynonose wrote:It took Guns n Roses 17 years between Use Your Illusion and Chinese Democracy so 6 years is no time at all ;)


I often wonder how bands in the 70s and early 80s were able to bring out quality albums every year.
Hardly any band does that any more.
I think that bands like Muse and Coldplay are prolific but even their albums have 3 year gaps


Yeah. Rush have slowed down over the years too... and they have tiers of management to deal with the kind of daily mind-feck bollocks that Fish has to do all by himself!! :shock:

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. ;) 8-)


Absolutely agree

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:11 am

Not dissapointed at all Big Man, It takes as long as it takes and we all know it'll be well worth the wait. :D

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:16 am

No way can I be dissappointed with something that I know will be so good & well worth the wait, Really looking forward to hearing some of the new songs at the Convention

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:53 pm

Not disappointed at all, and happy to wait until you are perfectly happy with the album you are putting out.

Re: Feast of Consequences, the Spring Offensive

Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:40 pm

if a thing is worth having its worth waiting for---looking forwards to hearing the 4 new ones- but must admit- still like the old stuff best.
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