We took a bit of a social media hiatus, not on purpose, but after our last show we realized we just needed to buckle down, write some music, and get back to recording.
We’ve been trying to put out an album for some time now, but it’s incredibly difficult with everyone’s schedules. But practices commenced and now there are 4.5 new songs that are practically ready to record in the studio!
We expect the majority of this recording will be happening over Jeff’s winter break from Nursing School. Justin has already taken a lot of initiative to record his piano at home which is saving us a ton of time in the studio that will be utilitized mainly for guitar, cello and vocals now.
Prior to this last writing binge, we actually had enough songs to put out a full length album, but we were struggling with our old identity of “Alco 1.0” and moving towards an improved and polished version of Alco “2.0” which was stopping us from releasing the tracks we had so far. So, we continued to write more songs which are sounding much more of the direction we had hoped to be going in.
One nice thing to see is all of our music friends putting out some incredible albums lately which is inspiring to us! The Specktators, #1 Lansing Hip Hop group, put out a full album in the last months and the quality of their product is phenomenal. Those guys work so hard and put on one hell of a show. Our friends of Joe Hertler and the Rainbow seekers also put out an album this fall which is a lovely 10 folk/rock CD and knowing our good friend Kevin recorded and produced a majority of it made it even better. All that does is make us all the more pumped to get our music out there to share too!
We are going to try and take some band pictures pretty soon here. We came up with an idea that we all finally agreed on (a bigger feat than you think) and the goal is to not have them be cheesy. Seems easy enough, but really, band pictures are all cheesy. So as long as they are to a minimal cheese, we will be okay. The question I then struggle with is smile vs. no smile. No joke, I look somewhat constipated if I’m not smiling…but we are supposed to look ‘natural’…whatever. Screw natural, I enjoy smiling.
Anyways, Justin’s currently working on a track next to me with the working title of “new last song.” Yeah, we are awesome at working titles. Deal with it.
That’s a decent update. I suppose I should go work on music now too…Or maybe I’ll just go fool around with my new remote camera thing and annoy Justin while he works on music. Yeah…that sounds more fun.
It would appear that we have a show this month! 11 days away, in fact. And at our last practice, no one could recall the last time we headlined a show. Since I (Jackie) have joined, we have never headlined. I joined at the MSU show for Tom’s Shoes in the ballroom in April of 2010 so that’s about 1 year and 7 months ago…Whoa.
We have been so busy. Sadly, not just with band stuff. Jeff (drums) is back in school working on his nursing degree. Shaun (guitar) and Justin (vocals, piano) work for a company called “Level 3” in Southfield, MI. And I (cello) have been in Texas Monday-Friday commuting back and forth. The good news is in all of this chaos, we have written two new songs which we are really excited about! Studio time has been cut down to almost none, but we are trying to focus on our show and perfecting our songs before hitting the studio.
Our show next weekend will feature one of our new songs too! NEVER. BEEN. HEARD. BY. ANYONE. Cool, right? I think so.
I also ordered some new shirts! And because I am a girl, I thought to myself, “Self, I want girl shirts.” And girl shirts I did get. Guys too, but that’s not a surprise. And stickers! Everyone who comes to our show gets stickers! Yay!
We want a lot of people to come because the MSU/UofM game is that day, and once all that shenanigans has gone down, and everyone has taken their nap, they can wake up and rock out with us. I think that is a good plan. Yeah…awesome.
My good buddy/manager, Irving Ronk (of Fusion Shows) sent me this in an email the other day. Making the dive into “professional” music, at least for me, has always been kind of an overwhelming thought. It’s intimidating; you know, attempting to make enough money to support yourself - and even just…
Hope you all are surviving your finals, and for those who don’t have them, I hope you are enjoying your lives per usual.
We decided to set some goals to help us get our first full-length album underway and it’s proving to be a longer process than we desired. It’s not that we aren’t dedicated or aren’t working hard, it’s the time constraints and the perfectionist in all of us that is preventing our work from being completed.
Between 3 of the 5 members being in college (2 finishing this weekend, YAY!) and 1 in an intense nursing program, you know time doesn’t just fall into your lap. And on top of that, it’s finals week, and everyone knows that’s the most awful time of the year (mac n’ cheese/ramen, little to no sleep, coffee/energy drink binges, library stench, etc…). It’s not pretty.
As if that weren’t enough, the other two members working their behinds off in ‘real life’ land as adults, one in MI but the other in Texas (me).
This balancing act has pushed back our goals and caused us to re-evaluate our timeline, but hasn’t deterred us from putting out the best album that we can.
We want that Alco 2.0 sound; to show how much we’ve grown as people and musicians. This balance of our “work” path vs. “music” path has proven difficult and as graduation looms for 2 more members, the “pressure” of finding jobs and putting the degree to use has never been more heavy. This summer, however, we have pushed aside opportunities and gotten inspired to push ourselves to do lots of shows, push out this CD and really give it our all.
Our first song off our album will be released this week. It’s a re-vamped version of our old song, Amensia which had thousands of plays on MySpace. We feel like this song has improved 10-fold and we are so excited to share it with you all. Stay tuned, good things are happening.