FLIGHT OF FIRE RETURNS TO LOST SOULS STUDIOS IN MARTHA’S VINEYARD TO RECORD SECOND ALBUM
We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported us and donated to our KICKSTARTER! Thanks to all of your help, we have reached and even gone beyond our goal!!
8/17/12 – (Day 0) Today we jam packed the car with equipment and began our journey to the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard! It’s been a little over a year since we were last in the studio recording our first album, “Ascended from Ashes,” and now we’re back and ready to take our music to the next level with an explosive new album! After a long day of packing and driving, we settled in and began our recording preparations by putting all new drum heads on Sheik’s beastly drum set. We started off the night with a bang by going to see the greatest fireworks display any of us have every seen and continued with a bang when we were awoken in the middle of the night by enormous cracks of thunder! Tomorrow we plan to finish setting up all the technical stuff, tune the drum heads, unload all the gear, set up the drum mics, and begin recording some scratch tracks!
8/18/12 – (Day 1) The day started off well with everyone waking up on time, eating breakfast, and getting pumped to record! Little did we know the troubles that awaited us down the road… Once we tuned up the drum set and put it all back together, we were ready to get the new recording software going. After running into every problem imaginable, we spent the whole day troubleshooting our way to the top – with the help of some delicious brownies! It’s been a stressful day, but the hardest part is over. We start recording scratch tracks and drums first thing tomorrow morning and we are all super stoked to get the fun part going!
8/19/12 – (Day 2) We started off the day with a delightful breakfast outside and then we headed down to the studio to start recording some scratch tracks. Thankfully, we’ve had a lot of practice in technical trouble shooting so we were able to calmly work through some new issues that were hindering us. Finally once we got everything running in top notch shape, and after laying down some solid scratch tracks, we were able to begin recording the drums. With the new mics we picked up, the set is sounding better than ever!! We were laying down solid drum tracks until we ran out of sticks from rocking too hard, but that didn’t stop us! We began recording some bass tracks. First thing tomorrow morning we’re going to go pick up some new sticks and work on a whole lot more drum tracks with bass on deck!
8/20/12 – (Day 3) Today we spent the whole day working on drum and bass tracks. In the afternoon, we took a nice little break at a local sandwich shop on the island for a refreshing lunch! At this point, we seem to finally be done taking care of all the technical issues and trouble shooting so from now on we should be able to focus solely on recording, woot! We were excited to see a substantial increase in donations on our kickstarter! Thank you to all who have been donating, please tell your friends! Well I guess that pretty much sums up the day. Tomorrow we’re going to be in the studio “at the crack of 11,” ready to record as many more drum tracks as we can, followed by more bass!
8/21/12 – (Day 4) After making a huge checklist of all the instruments we want to record on each track of our masterpiece, we jump started into action! We spent all morning and afternoon blasting on the drums and then finished off the evening with some groovy bass lines. Today we took appreciation in nature and when any of us weren’t occupied in the studio, we were outside taking in the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Sometimes while one of us is recording and one of us is engineering, the other two band members will get other business done such as practicing or sequencing string parts and today we did those things in the comfort of the secluded beauty of the great outdoors. Once we were done recording for the day, we felt like we deserved a night on the town! We hit up a couple bars and a quaint donut place called “Back Door Donuts.” YUM!! Tomorrow….more bass and drums!!
8/22/12 – (Day 5) With the risk of sounding repetitive, we spent the day recording more bass and drums! Our goal is to finish up all the bass and drum tracks by Friday night so we can get started on guitars and other instruments by Saturday morning. Once we were done recording for the evening, we spent the night setting up sessions for some of our more progressive songs so we can get started on recording right away!
8/25/12 – ( Day 8 ) Remember how we said we were making a 15 track album? Well…turns out we spent the afternoon writing an exciting, new, top secret bonus track! That’s right…our upcoming masterpiece is now going to have 16 tracks!! Are we crazy? Maybe we are…but trust me, you are going to love this album! We recorded the drums for the new piece and then proceeded to listen to through all of the songs to see if there were any more parts to re-record. By the evening we had finally completed all the drum recordings and started to record some rhythm and lead guitar tracks! Things are going very well, and tomorrow we have a whole day of piano planned.
8/26/12 – (Day 9) As we planned before, today was our piano day where we spent all day recording on Sheiks beautiful grand piano. The piano is so reverberant and is sounding absolutely gorgeous!! Things are coming together very nicely! We’ve also been brainstorming a lot about the album title, photo shoot and music video ideas as well as a bunch of other exciting things related to the upcoming album. We’ve got high hopes for this one…it’s going be so much bigger and better than the last! Later that night, we went out on the town and went to see a show at, “Dreamland,” Martha’s Vineyard’s biggest venue! It was a great experience and we’re all very much enjoying getting out a lot more than the last time we were here.
8/27/12 – (Day 10) Today we spent the majority of the day recording all the remaining piano tracks! The piano sounds amazing and it feels as though it could reverberate for years! Once we were done with that, we took a dinner break and spent the rest of the evening recording some more rhythm guitar tracks. Now that we’re done with piano and drum tracks, we will finally start recording vocals tomorrow afternoon! Things are going well and now we are going to celebrate our job well done, with the Lord of the Rings and some dessert.
8/28/12 – (Day 11) We got the ball rolling this morning by recording a ton of clean electric guitar tracks. Later in the evening we finished up a few more tracks on bass. We didn’t end up recording vocals today because most of the band got a late start after our little party last night but we’ll be starting them for sure tomorrow afternoon after we finish up all the clean electric guitar tracks. Once we were done recording for the day, we discussed details about our upcoming photo shoot as well as some very exciting concept ideas for the new album!! Let the hype begin!
8/29/12 – (Day 12) Today we officially finished ALL the clean electric guitar tracks including the delay guitar which caused us to use a different laptop for podfarm. But we made it work! Then after much anticipation, Maverick began hammering out a couple hard rockin’, sexy, and funkin’ vocal tracks. She is sounding spectacularly stellar and we are all very thrilled. Once the light from the beautiful full moon began shinning through the windows of the house, we knew it was time to watch part two of the extended edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS – The Fellowship of the Ring! It was epic and got us in the mood for the acoustic guitars we will be recording tomorrow!
8/30/12 – (Day 13) We spent most the day today recording as many acoustic instrument tracks as we could! This included 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, a nylon string guitar, and a mandolin! The unique variety of acoustic instruments all playing in harmony has created an absolutely beautiful and open sound to the tracks they have been recorded on. As usual, we finished off the night recording a couple more vocal tracks and topped it off with the original batman movie!
8/31/12 – (Day 14) Today we started off by laying down a bunch of overdriven rhythm guitar tracks and proceeded to finish recording all the acoustic guitar tracks including 12 and 6 string acoustics, nylon string, and a mandolin! We are cruising along nicely! From now on, we are going to continue with a similar trend of recording electric guitars in the morning, vocals at night, and finish off the bass somewhere in between. Today marks the last day of August which means we’re about 2/3rds of the way done with our time in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a little scary, but we have faith in ourselves and the confidence that we will finish recording our masterpiece!
9/3/12 – (Day 17) Today was one of the days we’ve been really looking forward to since we got here: photo shoot day!! We spent the morning glamming ourselves up with make-up, sexy clothes, and rock n roll attitude! We took some photos around Sheik’s classy house and then headed outside; a place we have not been too familiar with the past few weeks . We took some epic photos in the wind on a rocky overlook of the ocean as well as a beautiful green landscape to signify the new world in which we’ve emerged after the great apocalyptic battles we’ve described in our music. Like our music, our hair and our look has gotten darker and so much more rock! After the photo shoot, we all went out and had a nice lunch outside and then we headed back to our cave to finish off the night with some rhythm guitar and vocal tracks.
9/06/12 – (Day 20) We’ve been getting seriously down to business these past few days as our remaining time here grows thin! We finished recording all the rhythm guitar tracks a couple days ago and today, after putting it off for a while, we finally finished the bass!! We’ve been spending the days recording lead guitar tracks in the morning and then vocals for the rest of the day. All we have left now is 3 guitar solos, 2 songs on vocals plus a few backup tracks, and auxiliary instruments such as violin, bass clarinet and flute. Tomorrow is our last full day in the studio so we’re going to try to get as much of those done as possible so we can finish it all up Saturday morning. We’re almost there!! The light at the end of the tunnel is now in our grasp!
9/07/12 – (Day 21) Today was our last full day in the studio! We had big goals and we accomplished all of them! We spent the morning finishing up all the lead guitar tracks, then moved on to completing all the vocal tracks, and then finished up a few bass leads that we added in! It is official now: all the drums, bass, guitar, and vocals are completely done! We have had an incredible time here and it’s been a huge experience for all of us. With all the work we are putting into this album, it is guaranteed to please!! Tomorrow we’ve got a good chunk of the day that we’ll be using to record some exciting auxiliary instruments before we board the ferry back to Boston!
9/08/12 – (Day 22) Just as we planned, we recorded all the parts for flute, bass clarinet, and violin today which officially concludes all the recording for the new album!! Once we were done recording, we frantically gathered all our things and packed up for the 7:15pm ferry back to Boston! We had big goals for this album and we really made it happen! Now that we’re back home, it’s time to get back to school and mix mix mix! This is Flight of Fire signing off!
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