Gone is out now!
Image: Gabi Rankine.
Meanjin/Brisbane-based pop-punk outfit Two Times Shy have dropped their new single, Gone. To celebrate the release, the band have shared with mILKY five things they learnt whilst making the track!
"Gone tells a story of what it's like to fall apart when the person you love and want to be with is not with you, how you feel when they are gone." frontman Douglas Hudswell shares.
START EARLY, FINISH EARLY!
Everyone has a different way to work that is best for them. Our producer Jordan is always keen to do a 9-5 recording day, but always reminds us that we can get started as early as we want or stay as late as we need. It’s easy in the creative world to not know when to stop and end up working late into the night. This can sometimes be a hindrance when you’re working to a schedule or within a specific budget. When you’re working with others and collaborating on ideas, it's really helpful to get started as early as you can to make sure you’re giving yourselves enough time and breathing room to get everything completed on time.
BE OPEN TO IDEAS/CHANGE
Along with managing the actual music, there is also a lot of people management in a studio recording environment for a band. Everyone has their own ideas, and it can sometimes be hard to dictate which ones are used or discarded. We found that truly listening and understanding what everyone wants and then making an executive call on what we think will serve the music and the song the best (usually a mixture of all ideas) is the calmest and most productive way to go. It’s easy to feel like you just want to grab the wheel and do it exactly how you think it should go or are most comfortable with, but you will miss the gold from your other band members' minds. Don’t be afraid to let the music change from your original idea, if it's for the better!
REMEMBER TO TAKE BREAKS - EAT AND DRINK
It can be very easy to get swept up in the excitement of being in the studio writing and recording new material. We found that, at times, we’d be pushing ourselves beyond our limits and wondering why we weren’t getting anywhere with our ideas when we had exhausted our creative and physical capabilities. It's paramount to schedule time to relax, eat and take a break during the day whilst recording, or even have days off when you’re feeling fatigued. Eat, sleep, record, rest!
ALWAYS RECORD WITH NEW STRINGS
Our producer, Jordan, swears by this. He would always encourage us to put new strings on our guitars and bass guitars a day before final tracking. He says the strings are more “stable, fuller, and richer in harmonics”. If the 'zing' from its 'newness' annoys you, you can just cut it with an EQ in post production or when it gets mixed/mastered. On the other hand, you can't add something to a sound that wasn't there in the first place, but you can always take it away!
A SMILE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
When we were in the studio we always tried to smile or get physically involved when we were playing or recording our instruments/parts. This especially helps when recording vocals. Even though you can’t see it on the recording, the fact that you get physically involved in the music gives the sound more energy and gives the overall outcome a better result.
Gone is out now!