28 October 2014
The latest news from the Boatshed (sticking with a long tradition of launching the 'silly season' early at the Boatshed), the newest addition to the household is a baby grand piano.
The piano, always considered the ultimate weapon of seduction, will be adorning the lounge & supplying smoochey tones at the cocktail hour, 5pm to 7pm, which is actually 2 hours but then again, one should never rush a good cocktail.
Interestingly, during shipping, the mechanism has slipped out of alignment, something to do with the 'pitman,' a small dowel rod that activates the dampers, so the piano wont be fully operational until our regular technician re appears, soon I hope.
Undeterred by this minor setback, cocktails will continue to be served in the studio, where we can enjoy the classic tone of the Kawai upright.
So, after a suitably long intermission from constructing “Bigger than Brando,” the studio is getting back to normal. Brando is without doubt KOKOMO's most ambitious recorded work to date & although we recorded live, there are a few overdubs & extra bits, which is the luxury of studio. Everyone is pleased with the result!
As usual, the rap party involved drinks, in fact the drinks bill for this album alone would have paid for a couple of nights at the Waldorf Astoria (15 minute walk to Central Park). More on this another time.
I'm happy to report that as well as the usual stream of voice only recordings for radio, DVD , TV & training videos, etc..., the B-Side Band are back to it with another CD in their sights. Their new collection of songs includes catchy titles like; “The Jazz Police, Black Widow & Blues Army.”
New drummer Blair Williams seems to have settled into the chair bringing an urgent punch to the bands rhythm section whilst, kokomo guitarist Mike Kirk has stepped in to add his sensational flourishes to the songs. Veteran bassist turned guitar player, Simon Elton is penning the odd tune though, most of the new material was composed by Vocalist & harp/sax man, Paul Parkhouse.
We're a bit over halfway through the record, I reckon it'll be their best one yet, for lots of reasons not the least of which is their familiarity with getting a good sound in the studio.
Well done chaps!
The studio is in a beautiful country setting (complete with swimming pool). It is equipped with a full Pro-Tools set-up and a huge desk that came from Phil Rudd's old studio. There's a lovely upright piano, a ratty old Hammond and all sorts of other gear that it seems unnecessary to list here.
If you wish to enquire about booking the studio or for more information, call Nigel on (07) 548 1325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org