When asked to submit two songs to the latest Zen Dozer Records compilation album, we decided to record two new songs. We thought Latest Report would be an easy and catchy rocker, simple to record. And for the other we chose Caught Near The End, which has a complex arrangement that is beyond our live instrumentation, but could really come alive with some extra studio work. However, the work load we anticipated for each song was quite reversed.
We set up in the studio to record the two, focusing first on quality drums tracks with additional scratch parts. After finalizing and selecting the drum parts, we overdubbed the additional guitars, bass, and then vocals.
We started mixing Latest Report, and after several days and several mixes, we realized the parts we had recorded just could not capture the energy of playing it live. On the other hand, as we mixed and started adding vocal and guitar layers to Caught Near The End, it fell in place and quickly gelled into a great, balanced mix.
We scrapped everything we had for Latest Report (though the guitar solo happened to be stellar), and started over, this time in the rehearsal basement. Lugging all the extra mics and cords down there and using different equipment was a challenge, but the rehearsal energy we then captured was worth it. We added any overdubs the next night, then did vocals at a later studio session, trying some different takes. As we mixed, we added some additional background tracks, and ended up with an energetic, and rather unique and striking mix.
We think you’ll find some enjoyment listening to these two quite different tracks when the compilation is released.