Breaking with tradition

Posted by Site Admin on Feb 12, 2015

Hi all. Mark here.

I’ve never liked making demos of anything available to anyone anywhere, mainly as works-in-progress seldom sound representative of the final goal and often have wobbles or duff notes liberally scattered throughout. These things tend to be like sketches of a final painting. Mine will therefore often have terribly-drawn hands, or a head that’s five sizes too big…

That said, I’ve toyed on and off over the years with re-recording material by previous bands for fun, or to “do it how I would now without the constraints of budget, time or – in some cases – other musicians”. This stuff is never going to be released for sale, it’s often got lyrics or whole sections I’m not wildly happy with, but I could tinker endlessly with it all for the rest of time if I’m not careful. I’ve always loved the studio experience ever since embarking on it first as a know-nothing ‘singer’ in Lahost, then as I got more used to it in other bands and eventually designing, building and owning studios in the 80s and 90s. The problem with the advent of things like ProTools, Logic, Cubase and many others is that musicians can fiddle and tweak for the rest of their lives with a piece of music, never ever releasing it and adding to a stockpile of unheard material that just adds to the dissatisfaction with the whole process of creativity.

In response to nagging from many quarters I am, therefore, going to roughly polish off a few demos of various old tunes I’ve written while in different bands across the years and stick them up on here for those who feel like giving them a listen in the player on the home page. The first is a tune called ‘Breathe’ which I wrote while in Pressure, a band I formed with guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Donley up in Norwich in the mid-1990s. Though we recorded and released when we could, we just didn’t have the sort of recording resources available to me now. There’s a lot about it I would change, but if I fall down that rabbit-hole, I’ll never escape. So forgive the rough edges and any questionable artistic choices (you can tell this is painful, right?) and give it a listen. It’s a refreshed snapshot of a period in the 90s where David and I gave it some bollocks.

The more of these I do, the more of them that I leave in the rear-view mirror and I get to move on to fresh material without having this nagging away constantly in the back of my mind. Consider it as therapy, or possibly helping with creative constipation. :-D Enjoy…

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