Good Day Darlings.
The record is finished. It’s mixed, it’s mastered. And the artwork is black and white. Nothing went as planned. Trying to control the making of this record was like trying to control a child that was no longer a child. Trying to control the weather. Or anything that is not for you to control. I wrote all the songs on this record. I thought they were mine. That was very foolish.
The making of this record took a year. Pretty much exactly & excluding songwriting. All Them Ghosts was supposed to be recorded live in the studio with a team of 3 musicians and one sound engineer. Bad things happened. I got very sick, our drummer left the country, money disappeared, so did time. Some disasters along the way are too personal to be discussed here (but hey, a second album is in the pipes) and all the deadlines we tried to meet were ridiculously ignored. But during this difficult period of time, we kept recording, re-recording, going back to original takes, arranging, cutting off and drinking wine and smoking cigarettes. There was not enough cigarettes in the world to make it all okay. But sometimes there was a moment when we’d listen to a take or a song that was finding its own shape. And that was magical. I’m proud of the result. I don’t know who will listen and who will not and I know that some people will spit on the record and call it crap. It’s all fine because I know it’s not. I know it’s not because this motherfucker hurt everything around me for a year and I still believe in its goodness. It started as a joke outside the recording room where a lifeless Hammond organ was waiting for the ghost of an old woman to come play him: ‘This record is cursed’. It’s not a joke anymore and the curse is part of this record’s DNA. I think it makes it as exciting to explore as a haunted house in the woods. It takes a little faith to come in, but you’ll come out feeling…different.
All Them Ghosts. Out October 14th 2014.