But we rallied gamely. Kevin devised a third set-up whereby Rod could record a scratch vocal while playing his piano (easier said than done without bleed) and if a cymbal screamed, I was getting caned. We rose above the disappointment and banged out all five songs again on Tuesday, and those sound ridiculously good right now. Billy is downstairs getting ready to start guitars...I'll feel confident when it's entirely finished.
(A minor tragedy in all this is that Zach and I had to give up tickets to see a live taping of Bill Maher on Friday, as well as The Price is Right on Monday. Could you really see Zach showing up for that and NOT getting called to come on down??)
But while the recording got bogged down, one area that has been picking up steam steadily is the industry response that's been drummed up simply by inviting people down to the studio and playing them the demos that we recorded over the holidays. It's been a very L.A. situation - one well-placed person takes a liking to you, and before long everyone is sniffing around to make sure they're not getting scooped. Since we've been here, we've had a meeting nearly every day, and today we've had two. It's all very vague and superficial at the moment, and half of the people who show up on our doorstep have never heard a note of ours - they just know that other people have been here. The main thrust of these things seem to be the label trying to gauge how together our shit is before they decide whether to take it to the higher-ups. But they've all been going well - tomorrow we're having our first follow-up meeting downtown with some folks who came and met us last week, and I have high hopes that this leads to an expensive lunch of some kind.
Other than that, I've been enjoying walks to the library in the morning, the hot tub in the evening, and I've settled into a wonderful late-night routine of milk-and-cookies and the New York Times, cover-to-cover, just before bed. Zach impressed upon me "Slaughterhouse Five" and I'll probably start that today.
Oh yeah, we just heard today we'll almost certainly be playing with The Drive-by-Truckers at Bourbon Street in Baltimore on June 3rd (a week from today!). Its a new club down by Sonar. See you there...?