Today was spent in Charlie Francis’s attic studio recording vocals for the new EP. That means all recording is complete! It’s been a long time coming, but just mixing to do now (which is happening tomorrow). It’s been such a frustrating six months, so today felt rather joyous. AND it’s sounding absolutely banging. You can tell by the look on Charlie’s face.
Last week we spent two days recording our new ep with Charlie Francis at Music Box Studios. Recording is intense, stressful. exciting, boring, long and short all at the same time. But we had a super-duper time and we’re really pleased with how it was all sounding where we left it.
Unfortunately Holly was unable to record her vocals due to an injured throat. This is the result of too many rehearsals (ha!) and not warming up enough - all made worse by going to too many loud gigs (looking at you, Truckers of Husk). She’ll be spending an afternoon in Charlie’s attic getting things finished once she’s better.
We’re hoping to release the ep June/July time, when we’ll hopefully be doing a little tour too (more on that later). In the mean time here are some photos of us getting all sesh and that:
The live room.
Holly doing her Lamb of God style vocals. Moments later she broke.
Josef shredding, introspectively.
Some distortion pedals I never use.
A thing of beauty.
Triple denim. You thought it couldn’t be done but it could.
Really cannot wait for you to hear it,
Next month we’ll be transferring five brand new tracks from our minds onto record. It’s been far too long since our last release, so we’re all very excited about getting in the studio again. We’ll be in the capable hands of Charlie Francis once more, and we can’t blooming wait. I think it’ll sound quite different to anything we’ve done before. Can’t wait for you to hear it.
This seems like an appropriate moment to announce the arrival of some new faces to the H!TP fold over recent months. Here are those faces:
And what wonderful faces they are! Up above is the majestic Francesca Dimech. Francesca has joined us on trumpet. We have persuaded her to make time between playing with The School, Inc.a and Wonderbrass (and probably a load more), as well as performing in a solo capacity as Francesca’s Word Salad. She’s a very busy trumpeter, and for good reason.
The dashing gentleman you see is Josef Prygodzicz. He’ll be playing some guitar, doing some singing and generally helping us make more of a racket. Josef plays in band called Winter Villains who have an album coming out soon and are really rather brilliant. Josef has settled quickly and is already pushing H!TP to places we never dreamed of (as demonstrated in this clip):
Do YOU like pickled stuff?
Exciting times, challenging times.
Here are a few rough recordings of tracks we’ve been working on over the past few weeks. The songs are not finished, a lot of what you hear is improvised (and so quite dodgy). They were recorded on Mark Foley’s iPhone.
p.s Check out Holly’s trumpet solo. It’s special.
The beginnings of a track provisionally called Action Boy & Action Girl;
The outro of that track;
A couple of sections taken from the jamming of a brand new track:
A tour de force from Holly;