Yup. Billy here.
In this instance I’m thinking of the Gunner’s tune Sweet Child O’ Mine; there’s a recurring lyric in the bridge of the song that builds to that epic outro -’Where do we go, where do we go now, where do we go’. Etc.
Well. Sometimes it’s the East Cape of New Zealand or to Sydney Australia or, I guess anywhere at all. Sometimes we might find that we’ve just squirrelled ourselves away into the deep dark recesses of a duvet (that’s ‘doona’ for our Australian readers). More often the real world has called and wants it’s drone worker bee back, or the kids all need to have braces and suddenly there’s no internet. Occasionally it’s like the car keys that fall behind the sofa, you’ve found yourself swimming towards the bottom of a bottle of gin and seemed to have grown gills. Whatever the reason sometimes the answer is just ‘because’.
The reason I mention this is because I’m suspicious of ‘neglected blogs’. I’m resentful of those blogs that are constantly (albeit irregularly) updated with excuse laden grovelling for why there’s been no news, no tidbits, no constant chatter – no, CONTENT.
Everyone wants content. We want our RSS feeds to be abuzz. We want updates, notes and alerts especially from those sources where that special addiction has kicked in, where there can not BE enough ‘more’ – only more will simply do, a never-ending stream of more, inexhaustible, unwavering, more simply for the sake of it, more.
However, we here at Teacaddy central have a relaxed relationship with more. Some times we’re rather satisfied with some. When we feel like it we will indulge our selves in doses of bugger-all. When ever we do crave a need to have a fix, fill a hole or dabble on the canvas of the life of this blog’s rich (well, lowerclass really) tapestry, we shall. We will, in whatever capacity we are able. This of course has one. Tiny. Problem.
Hmm. What will we do with you? Well, we could lie and say how awfully busy we’ve been writing copius amounts of new music under many different monikers and touring the world releasing all manner of ‘made for virus’ popular offerings. Or, how we’ve taken to wearing spectacles with no lenses, entered creative roles in innovative branding start up companies that will be transforming the media landscape completely and are ironically selling hand-made craft-items on our hand-made-craft-item-online shop. Or, we could spin a yarn and say how stressful things have been of late, how the pressures of trying to keep on track has weathered us, beaten us, how we’ve become despondent and that this, goddamit, is our last attempt at changing the world with our ‘unique’ sound, how if only this time, someone will just give us a break and offer us a record deal then we’d be able to finally fulfil our potential in a truly sustainable way and fundamentally tap into what we know now to be our ‘artistic vision’.
But all of that would be bollocks.
Truth be told. Yeah, we took it easy for a moment, but we weren’t resting on our laurels. And we felt there’d been some hints from us as to what would happen next and when, but we weren’t totally sure and it felt wrong to make something up. In case we let you down.
So, to recap. Last year we were lucky enough to be selected to go on the Dept of Conservation Artist In Residence program that is run in conjunction with Creative NZ. We went to the shores of Lake Tarawera in the Rotorua lakes region of NZ. There we absorbed, researched, wrote and recorded new material all based around the landscape, people and history of the area. We went there with a genuine desire to WORK and to not squander our time, we went knowing that we didn’t want to let down the people that had let us go there, we went dedicated to getting something done. Yup, this means a microscopic slice of your hard earned tax-payer dollars went towards us having a wonderful opportunity to write YOU some new music. I’m pleased to announce that you’ve made a most marvellous investment. In fact, so good is the product of your investment that we couldn’t help but offer you a return that was many thousand times more valuble than what you laid out. And, we wanted to put a pretty bow around it – and that takes a bit of time, so thanks for your patience, because we’re almost ready to show and tell it.
Now. Show and tell involves a little more than recording some songs on your tape deck in the lavatory. Sure, you get some nice reverb but it’s going to sound like; well, shit. So we took the recordings we’d made at Lake Tarawera to our sound technician Gil and said to her “Please Gil, can you make this sound any good?”, to which she replied “Hell yes” and we thought “Thank Christ”. Of course at the same time we went to our man Paul and said “Crikey mate we need some boutique sexy packaging for our new release because everyone reckons that no one’s wants CD’s anymore but we figure that a lot of folk who listen to us still do want CD’s so how do we make it that it’s a really nice looking product to ‘have’ as an object and a thing in their house to put on their stereo when they feel like and to look at too what do you reckon, will you make us a thing that will look nice on our Mum’s coffee table/dashboard of our mate Boggy’s van? To which he said, “Yes.”
And we said, “Sweet.”
Then we looked at each other and thought (because we don’t really need to say much to each other as it’s all rather Na-noo Na-noo with us. Plus, my Mum just called and asked if I wanted a lesson in sentence structure that contains speech construction, which is pretty spot on so in the meantime it seems a bit easier to ‘think’ things than say them) if we’re going to go and play these songs out in public to (hopefully) paying audiences we should learn all the chords that we wrote the songs in and all the words that we jotted down that we sing along to the chords with. So we’ve done quite a bit of that too.
And we’ve been making a few other plans and schemes also. Mainly because we personally think this album could very well be listened to by other people at some stage. So it’s good to prepare just in case that happens.
In general I thinks it’s fair to say the album is definitely almost finished. We’ve got three more songs to mix then the whole thing to master and then it’s launch time.
We even have a release date. June 10, 2011. That’s exactly 125 years after Mt Tarawera erupted. And we have something to say about that. And we hope you might like to have a listen. We’re building on giving you that opportunity.