We’ve done a modest bit of recording over the past three years and had some pretty incredible experiences doing it. The first project The One That Stays we recorded at the Pop Machine in Indianapolis.
As I sit here and type this I’m enjoying a lovely adult beverage out of my Pop Machine mug (thanks Marc & Eric). It was a pretty incredible experience for us as a band and we learned a lot about the band that we were and the band that we wanted to be.
After that, we did Retrospective down at SAE Studios in Nashville. We had grown a lot as a band…musically anyway. From a maturity standpoint, we had deduced that the collective IQ of the band drops dramatically when we’re in a room together.
This project was so fulfilling for the band as we watched our “style” or our “identity” come to life. The console that we recorded on had been used by the likes of Duran Duran and INXS just to name a couple. Something about being in the studio just feels really good.
This project is a lot different. It already feels different and oddly enough we have yet to start rolling tape. Whereas the first two projects were recorded in professional studios, this one will be recorded in a place that is very near and dear to our hearts…which for the time being will remain undisclosed for security reasons. We can’t have our crazed fans swarming us as we try to get into and out of the studio. We appreciate your understanding and concern for our safety. Sample “real moment” from the studio. This is where I reference the part about our IQ dropping again.
The location is much less important than what is going on inside the four walls of the famed room. We’re working with a great friend of ours, Kyle Ferguson (the Giant). Kyle and his good friend Brett produced Retrospective for us and if there is one thing that this band does well…it’s go back to the well. Ferg as we affectionately call him and another good friend of ours, Adam Fair (also known as Fair) have become known as the fifth and sixth members of the band. These guys know us as well as we know ourselves and have been charged with harnessing our collective ridiculousness. Anyway – I digress.
The eight songs are going to be a sampling of some things that we think you may not have heard from BoTo to date. There are even a couple more in the works that might be added to the list very soon. We kind of feel like there is something for everyone here. You’re going to get the best of BoTo on this next one. There will be some songs that have a country vibe. There will be some songs that will have a really strong beat. There will be some songs that will inevitably help us sell 14 million copies of this next album, but more importantly, we’re trying very very hard to write our first masterpiece. While that may sound a pinch bold, this is going to be the first time that the whole album, regardless of song style, is going to have a “vibe.” This one is going to have a feel and while you can call it what you will in terms of style…this one is all about us being open and honest musically. We’re not recording the first 10 or 12 songs that we write. We’re recording 12 songs that we think you’ll enjoy the most.
More to come as the project progresses. We think this one is going to be pretty special. Then again, we’re biased. You be the judge. Check out a couple of the demos…
We hope you enjoy watching them turn into the final product as much as we do. Take care, talk soon…
Andrew & BoTo