So another announcement (future-facing this time!) – up-and-coming steampunk-dark cabaret-goth-gypsy-pirate-drinking band The Filthy Spectacula are going into the studio 25-26 October to record ourselves some demos!
I’m not going to lie, at less than double figures of practices it’s earlier than we might have anticipated; timing’s driven by availability of a big-shot producer and the studio he’s bagged for us.
But, in terms of band chronology, it’s probably the right time – we have a core lineup in place (though a rhythm guitarist, possibly doubling on other instruments, would be good for letting our frontman loose from full-time guitar playing) and we haven’t yet started gigging.
Yes, you read that right – inasmuch as recordings are now essentially promotional material to get people into live gigs, which are where anyone makes any money, you want a demo in order to bag performance slots, rather than playing and building a ‘following’ before doing a recording. (The fact that (bad) recordings are easy to make so everyone has one that bothers to think about it is an influence as well.) Today the single, tomorrow the support slot, not the other way round; the day after, the world.
(Recorded music, not being live, is presumably dead – I mean recorded music isn’t at all dead as a cultural phenomenon, but you know what I mean. But also if most of your songs are about being undead, dead drunk or just plain dead, then it probably counts as dead music too.)