April was a big month with three major events that will all lead to a better album. First of all, the rock grotto is done. I know I mentioned this last month, but those little “finishing touches” that I talked about were finally completed. Here’s a short video on the process of the project:
Secondly, the majority of the lyrical work is done. The only things I’m waiting to finish are a couple of songs that I want to do as a collaboration, but the meat of the project is very close to the final draft. It’s angsty at times, but I’m okay with that. These are things I think and feel, and I’d rather sing about something real than cough up bullshit.
Lastly, after years of hesitation, I finally pulled the trigger on a new hollow-body electric guitar, an Ibanez AGR70. It’s a good mid-range guitar (price-wise), and it’s capabilities are in sync with my intentions. It has a good clean sound that’s easy to add some “twang” to for a bright, acoustic guitar timbre. It also has a solid distorted tone to it, though the feedback can be a little tricky with high volume. On top of all of that, it’s pretty sexy to look at too!
So that’s April’s update. For the next month, I’ll be trying to finalize the drum tracks and possibly start recording some bass lines. I’ve already been playing along with the rough recordings I have, trying to add some complexity to the bass lines in an effort to expand over my last album. I’ve even been trying to learn “Hysteria” by Muse just to get some bass practice. I’ll let you know how it goes next month, maybe even post some audio progress if I make any. Until then, rock on!