The Hustle of the Show - Blog Entry #1

It’s been awhile since we went for a ramble, so I thought it was about time we did and have a chat about our new music and whatever else may come along. Another late night train, another late night pick up, in the middle of the night, Rezlow’s transport and tech department were on time and reliable as ever for the rendezvous at the sleepy train station in a town called Mallow (originally the town that inspired the hit song by The Jam). 

In the slight Autumn rain the ‘Rezlow Mobile’ sat waiting, loaded up on coffee. Contrary to music industry rumors some band members do actually sample other hot beverages other than tea! There has been a lot of speculation around this in the papers, magazines and internet - so we just wanted to clear that up for everyone…back to the ramble…so, as Cillian was saying, the hardest part of this recording was explaining it to people so I’m not going to, let’s just say it was a lot of fun.

Vocal booth... 

 A short story about these places - I’m not a fan I’m almost convinced that they are built to lock up singers. Usually a small cupboard of a place covered in dark smelly coverings, well, some of them. "Keep those singers somewhere up the back of the studio, beat them with a big stick or a SM57 until they get the pitch right!" It’s really the only time a band can lock up their singer or singers because the rest of the time they’re up front, centre stage, giving it all that Bono or Bonoette, in the case of the female vocalists hahahaha…why am I laughing at my own writing?…moving on… 

A Rezlow vocal booth however is a totally different matter altogether, as always with Rezlow a vocal booth is needed so we will build one. Well, it was more like our technical dept did it - which is run by Cillian. Just like with writing and recording, he gets  sh*t done! if it was up to the rest of us we would still be talking about over tea. Also, I’m wondering if this is the first vocal booth bigger than most drum rooms, fitted with its own fire place (not that it was needed) and fully functioning kitchen? With a super, Kerry designed, extra strong water boiling capacitor, Cillian, you sure can build a vocal booth, my good man! 

…so it’s just after 1 am Friday night into Saturday morning. Time to dial up the mad professor (Brendan), in the television, crank up the magic music machine, make a cup of tea and start roaring at that mad professor! We have a small to medium size bag of tunes to get through in 48 hours or so. We needed to get going and we did. Waking up the professor is not always a charm but this being the first time via the virtual inter galactic highway, it wasn’t so bad at all.

A few line checks a few listens, we went with an old classic live vocal mic, the SM58 (also ‘coz we didn't have much of a choice!) We got a start on things. It was underway! At around the 4 am mark it was time to rest up. We were in  for a long day the following day… 

Up early and we’ve finally got some sunshine on the island and the day’s recording got going once again with waking up the professor and this time it was even earlier. Not actually sure he sleeps at all, but that’s how it goes… 

Sunglasses at the ready as it early and bright,well outside anyway. So with the mad professor looking down on us from the mounted flatscreen, a signal of some kind was needed to signal yes or no (thumbs up/down) to a track during the recording, or as the professor says “roaring at him”…hence the shades indoors…also it gives you that top gun feel…without the jet planes… 

..so if the recording was good well then the shades were on…a bit like those talent shows you see… 3 judges three pairs of shades…Rezlow factor…I guess you could call it… 

With much tea sipped and a box of water consumed, we were well into the day and things were starting to take shape…so Cillian thought we should take a break for a little bit of disco dancing either that or it’s the only 1 person flash mob dance in a vocal recording booth in history…I could be wrong… 

…with the day coming to a close I could hear that classic van Morrison tune...’Here comes the night’…quietly sounding in my head…around dusk…but there was still work to do and long night ahead…but with the traditional Rezlow recording snack on hand of buttered toast and tea…midnight came and went…and the early hours arrived with the shimmer of the dawn and summer storm clouds…around three thirty…four am time…it was time to turn down the lights and relax and have a few playbacks…and a cold beer before bedtime… 

…sunglasses on all round…….as the dawn was breaking over the countryside the strains of new Rezlow songs drifted on the early morning air…as did Rezlow… 

…What are people?… 

…People Are Amazing… 

…tough, resilient, funny, sad, stupid, scary, horrible, lost, greedy, confused, brilliant, brave, clever, loving, kind, inspiring and necessary…well that’s just my opinion…I’m sure some people will disagree… 

…so if you're reading this…and feel like contributing to…’People Are Amazing’ and want to share your story or someone else’s story of how people are amazing,  just leave a comment or a post on our website email or Facebook…only positive stories please……a lot of people are going through hard times in many different ways and in many different places and it’s important to remember there is always someone who can help even though it may not feel like that… 

We would like to introduce you to Wendy Moon, she lives on Barkwood Lane in a house made of Stones…she likes to Talk Talk Talk… 

…and try to remember…People Are Amazing…


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