EP Recording at Love Hz: Day Four

Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.

Well, our studio lives.

Unfortunately this hourglass is way low on sand, and we’re as tired as this analogy.

But our final day at Love Hz was by no means less banging than the three preceding days. Friday was all about polishing what we’d done, and laying down our final (bonus) track for the EP. It’s safe to say that we’re pretty sick of the sight, sound, and smell of one another, but we’ve loved our time together. Plus, we only get six days at home before we jump in Peggy-Sue the Land Cruiser and mosey on down the east coast. It’s band love month.

All five of our tracks are sounding even better than we knew they could, thanks to the genius of Michael Carpenter. Now it’s on to mixing, pouring into a CD case, and baking at 180C for 25 minutes. (Note: Miss Elm are not responsible for any damage caused by following this method.) The hardest part now is waiting to release these new songs on the unsuspecting public. We’ll be a little quiet on the music-release front for the next few months, but rest assured that we will not be piping down in general.

It’s on to tour, mass promotion, and hype building. Can you feel the hype?

E + MC = super sick vocal tracks

E + MC = super sick vocal tracks

Erin getting happy in the booth of love

Erin getting happy in the booth of love

Lordy practising his Pensive Musician face

Lordy practising his Pensive Musician face

Jimmy P on the kit

Jimmy P on the kit

The famous Wall o' Tambourines

The famous Wall o’ Tambourines

Post-studio celebratory Thai-namic dinner

Post-studio celebratory Thai-namic dinner

Until next time, Love Hz...

Until next time, Love Hz…

That’s it for this round of studio diaries. We’ll see you, faithful reader, during our tour. Check out the tour poster below for all the dates. Get your body to a show for the only chance to get a sneaky peek at our new music. Can you dig it? CAN YOU?

Miss Elm Crystal Ball Tour PORTRAIT

Elm Crew x

EP Recording at Love Hz: Day Three

Well, the boys pulled us a solid, and stayed late on Wednesday night to lay down some drums for our next track. After a big breakfast (well, two), we headed into our adopted home feeling a little pleased with ourselves. We were right on schedule, and ready to rock and/or roll. We were more pleased with the fierce determination of demi-god Michael Carpenter, who rolled up with an extra couple of hours’ work under his belt, having stayed in the studio until 1am after the lads left. When you’re in the zone, you’re in the zone.

The keyboard-centric tracks are done and (somewhat) dusted, and the ukulele is finally having its moment. Things mellowed out in the evening, with sweet ukey twangs and mass harmonies. We’re starting to see the shape of this EP, and it’s looking curvaceous and sexy. If this EP were a person, you’d want them in your room, possibly whispering into your ear and feeding you Cheetos.

Tomorrow is our last day here, and we’re all a little sad to be leaving. Saying goodbye to Slurp, horg, FUGRO, and new friend, MurF, is enough to make the most stoic person weep bitter tears. But, dear reader, things are not over yet.

Watching it all come together

Watching it all come together

Wut

Wut

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Ol’ Sydney town

WE ARE LIKE SO EXCITED OMG YOU GUYZ

WE ARE LIKE SO EXCITED OMG YOU GUYZ

Playing the big-girl melodica (Hammond 44)

Playing the big-girl melodica (Hammond 44)

Sammich time is serious business

Sammich time is serious business

Bopf in the booth

Bopf in the booth 

All melodica, all the time

All melodica, all the time 

Nothing like a four-way... Wii battle

Nothing like a four-way… Wii battle

Keep your eye out for one more day, and one more (excellently written) blog entry. It’ll be all shenanigans, all the time. No pants; extra groove.

Elm Crew x

EP Recording at Love Hz: Day Two

“Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise.”
– Coolio

The Love Hz studios are quickly becoming home to us. Bags of food litter the floor, and, between takes, high-stakes Wii Sports tournaments are fought in the common area (Slurp vs Horg: The Ultimate Showdown). The smell of microwave meals fills the air, and we’ve lost count of how many cups of tea have been brewed. We’re also creating some excellent music. We spent the morning of day two finishing up our first track (which has already been positively reviewed by Michael’s daughter – you read it here first), and jumped straight into track numero dos.

The overarching theme of the trip seems to be drums, and lots of them. If you’re used to a nice bright Elm sound, though, fear not: all the sweet melodies you love have just been mashed together with some serious beats.  After months of perfecting these songs, it feels good to finally give our music over to someone else. What we’re hearing so far is pretty exciting. (We’re really not up ourselves, we swear, but this shiz is the business.)

A little bit of MC magic

A little bit of MC magic

Everybody Hz

Everybody Hz

Settling in on the comfy couch

Settling in on the comfy couch

Nothing like a bass face

Nothing like a bass face

Welcome to day two

Welcome to day two

Pub dinner, NOT watching the Origin

Pub dinner, NOT watching the Origin

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Erin laying down the vocal sleaze

Slurp vs Horg: The Ultimate Showdown

Slurp vs Horg: The Ultimate Showdown

Two down; two to go.

Elm Crew x

EP Recording at Love Hz: Day One

There’s nothing quite like waking up on a folding bed to the sound of Erin jumping on Jimmy, urging him to get up. The sound of birdsong fills the crisp morning air, punctuated by F-bombs and loud protests of, “Get off me! It’s like quarter to seven!” People think that it’s all about the studio time, the actual “recording an EP” thing. It’s not. It’s about sharing a hotel room (of questionable quality) with three people who, under different circumstances, could easily be your siblings.

I kid, though. It’s totally about the studio time. We arrived here in Sydney on Monday night, bringing Brisbane’s warmth with us (something about entropy). After some catch-up time with our favourite producer, Michael Carpenter, we jumped into doing some actual musics. We’ve brought four solid tracks to work on, and we’re totally ready to rock and/or roll. The Elm sound is undergoing some transformation. We’re probably in our musical puberty (albeit with fewer awkward boners). Things are still fun and floating, but there’s some darkness creeping in, like a beautiful poem that tells you to kindly go fuck yourself.

We’ll be posting all manner of informative, cryptic, and pointless updates over the next four days. As the days wear on, so will the madness increase.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, some in-studio pics of varying photographic quality:

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The Jim

The Jim

Lordy the Pimp

Lordy the Pimp

Eggy-Sue

Eggy-Sue

The BopfDawg

The BopfDawg

Post-studio Japanese feeds in Glebe

Post-studio Japanese feeds in Glebe

This is where the magic (and the awful comedy) happens

This is where the magic (and the awful comedy) happens

 

Stay tuned (logged on?) for daily updates.

 

Elm Crew x