Weekend Update (5)

I think I got my humble drum kit sounding the best it has in years. Started with the kit – moved it around the room – tuned it the best my non-drummer abilities would allow, set it up one piece and one mic at a time. This week I experimented with five mics on the kit (as opposed to my usual 3): mid/side overheads (‘Glyn Johns style’), snare (bottom head), kick, & a ‘fat’/ambient mic just over the kick towards snare – pushed the drum mix through an RNLA in mono parallel with the dry signal. Send the mix through ‘the vault’ reverb chamber. Result was something like the Gil Norton/Pixies drum sound.This was for the BENDAYS X-MAS album’s first track (it’s a cover by the PAYOLAS – do you know it??). However, I’ve realised my partner was right when she said I should have started this in July! Target date: Christmas 2018?


Has a visit from Justin Marra, an old friend with whom I gigged with extensively as a teenager. Justin is an educator who also just finished building a home studio in East Providence for voice work and has been actively writing and recording all the while.

Saturday evening was productive in the studio, worked on a demo which included borrowing some words from Emily Bronté. Earlier in the day we met with Mark MacDougall from 75 or Less at his ‘headquarters’ in Warren to discuss an upcoming collaboration [hopefully official news on that soon]. & PIXELS rehearsed Sunday evening – FINE. had a gig Friday and Sunday night – you should see them if you haven’t yet.



Mark MacDougall hooked me up with some classic 75 or Less releases!

Relic #1 – King John ‘eil Leads the Termite Parade

I spent part of the weekend unpacking more boxes and found some old records (see Weekend Update #1). One of them was Kamchatka III. Kamchatka is a fusion/improvisational group lead by Dave McNally (I believe they still play?). I was a member of the group in the mid-2000s. For the third record, Dave let me take over production. We recorded it in my home studio, then known as Doctor Corporate and in my parents garage & basement.

Inside sleeve from Kamchatka III.

This was a fun record & the first Kamchatka record done in the analog realm (including tape splice edits!). It was also my introduction to Matt Whitcomb who would go on to be Volcano Kings‘ lead guitarist. This is my favorite track from that record, but my favorite movement starts at 4:58 – Neil and Dave lock into such a great feel for almost two minutes while Matt and I layer chaos. Bon appetit!

King John ‘eil Leads the Termite Parade (2008)
More info: Kamchatka III