PRE-ORDER 'FAINTHEARTEDNESS' NOW

The limited edition of 100 of FAINTHEARTEDNESS has SOLD OUT!    The official version of the album will release officially this spring, and the new edition of the album is in production right now, with all new artwork, extra songs and more.   Pre-order your copy now.

FAINTHEARTEDNESS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES US

The US digital download version of Faintheartedness is now available on US iTunes.   Follow this link to buy your copy today.

'NEVER WITHOUT YOU' VIDEO IN PIPELINE

The music video for Never Without You has been filmed and is now in post production.   Stay tuned kids.   Photo: Louise Cuckow

 

HUGH SUNDAE INTERVIEW WITH BEN KING

Tune in this weekend for an interview with Ben King about Food and Grand Rapids on Public Address this Sunday.  Radiolive - 7pm to 8pm.

Surf Pop

It's a genre gaining momentum, after being an underground movement for decades.   Ben is working on a collaborative project for Surf Pop guitarist, writer, Milan Nobilo.    One of the most focused and talented musician's writing in New Zealand today, Nobilo has spent years studying in Wales and gaining a Masters Degree in Existentialism, which informs his outstanding compositions.   Ben is recording and arranging and producing this yet-to-be-named project.    

The Plaything Reverb Chamber ~ a sort of pop-up echoic recording room ~ was used to record the drum tracks, performed by drummer, Stephanie Engelbrecht, earlier this month.   

 

 

 

PREMIX ADDED TODAY!

Yep, Boss has just added a new track, or more precisely a pre-mix of the song Anniversary.   It's a full version of an early incarnation of the song, with a bass line that was later subtracted, synth parts you wouldn't have heard on the album and a modest mix that makes Boss want to premix the whole album! 

At the top of the playlist now at thegreatgrandrapids.com.

SONG STORIES ~ SINGING SHOWERS GOLDEN LIGHTS cont.

When I decided to use this song on my album I really wanted to keep the keyboard part.    This was easy so I took in just that part and we (engineer SImon Gooding and I) worked up the track around that.  This song was completed in a day, apart from some embalishments in the instrumental section.  Like a lot of my writing, this is a very short song, just over two minutes, and I'm confident I managed to squeeze a decent dynamic range in there despite that.

I played the drums on this one.  I'm not a drummer, as such.  But I knew what I needed and I'm good at playing steadily if the part is right for me.    For this track Simon set up the drums in the big room at the studio and close-microphoned them.   Plenty of that room got in the mix though.   Over that I put down some guitar, using a Gretsch of some sort and an old Gibson amp with spring reverb, and a track of synth (a 90s 'wavstation').    It was only the night before the mix that I added in a messed up clap-like sound, crash cymbal and distorted organ bass.    This is one of my favortie mixes ont the record.  I just love how quickly it caome together once we got started.

SONG STORIES ~ SINGING SHOWERS GOLDEN LIGHTS

I will be giving a little history of each of the songs on FAINTHEARTEDNESS over the coming weeks.  

SINGING SHOWERS GOLDEN LIGHTS

It must have ben at least five years ago,  I was driving through the city, my brain a little fuzzy after a dose of Codine.   This song came to me quickly, a love song, expunging the ecstasy of the morning after a perfect night with an amazing person.   The title words are like grasping at ways to explain something beyond words I guess.  Desperate metaphors.   In fact the whole song is an attempt to explain this idea.

When I got home I played the chords that had come into my head in the car.   The were much less exciting on guitar than I had hoped (this is often the case with my 'car songs').   At the time I had a keyboard that someone had lent me, possibly Joel Mullholland or Godfrey De Grut.   It was old and hard to work with.   My favorite part of this keyboard was the arpeggiator, a function that spelled out chords as individual notes, arpeggios, either in ascending, descending or random order.   Choosing the random order, and using the most endearing tone I could muster from this antique Roland keyboard, I guessed the chords I had previously played on the guitar, as only a guitarist playing keyboard would do, and out came this magical, almost arbitrarily arranged string of notes.

That day I recorded some simple vocals, hand claps and things.    The song stayed this way for the next few years.  

... TBC ...

SINGING SHOWERS GOLDEN LIGHTS

Take a look at the debut video from Grand Rapids, 'Singing Showers Golden Lights'!   Starring Yasmine Bryce as The Voodoo.   Directed by Adam Bryce and Ben King.     

'FAINTHEARTEDNESS' AVAILABLE NOW

The album, Faintheartedness is now available through this website.  Head to the store to get a copy.

This is a numbered limited edition of 100, including the 10-track album and fold out insert.