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Greetings from the Cornish countryside! You discover me sat in the living room at the studio, with half of us having finished our tea and the others just getting stuck in. It's all going very well!

We arrived on Saturday to find the studio RIGHT out in the countryside - it's about four miles to the nearest village, and then another mile or so up a PROPER dirt track. The house is lovely, with the studio just down the garden and a conservatory also nearby.

To be honest it's all a bit hazy how things have worked out. I know Tim went down on Saturday evening to get his drums set up, then in the morning i went to get my guitar sorted. I was feeling a bit NERVOUS, as i think the DRUGS i'm taking for my INFECTION were, i reckon, effecting my EMOTIONAL STATE. I REALLY missed the presence of Mr Kev Reverb, also Mr Frankie Machine hadn't arrived, so when Mark The Engineer said "how do you want your guitar to sound?" i got myself in a bit of flap, as usually one of them sort me out. Luckily said Mr Machine arrived just then, and got me sorted. He got his BASS plugged in, and then he, Tim and I embarked on our DAY LONG ODYSSEY of ROCK! Here's what we did:
  • Quality Of Life Enhancement Device
  • Never Going Back To Aldi's
  • The Gay Train
  • Better Things To Do
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Breaks In The Journey

  • It was a WHOLE LOT OF WORK! By the end of the day we were all UTTERLY KNACKERED, and I have to confess i was feeling a bit SAD - tired AND emotional, not helped by the fact i couldn't drink anything!

    Next morning however i awoke feeling MUCH MUCH better and RARING to go - indeed i felt ELATED, and have done all day long. Therefore DRUGS CAN be GOOD! Anyway, the three of us reconvened in the morning, and recorded THESE:
  • Mental Judo
  • Looking At My Hands
  • Girlfriend Alarmed
  • The Fight For History
  • Tell Me Something You Do Like

  • It sounded GOOD - we'd had a GO at "Mental Judo" on Sunday night, and decided to try it fresh in the morning, and it WORKED. It all came out pretty well, and i realised that, actually, it was ALL sounding pretty good. INDEED it was all sounding rather TIGHT and ROCKING - for instance "Breaks In The Journey" is suddenly fairly SNAPPY and FAST, and i think the whole thing is going that way. The Battery In My Effects Pedal and Emma and The Girls (NB The Pattisons are here EN FAMILLE) had been into Launceston for PASTIES, so we BROKE to eat. Tim was off to THE BEACH with The Girls, so me and The Jack In My Socket went off with him, and we had a LOVELY time - MAN ALIVE, if there's ever been an album based on so much INNOCENT FUN then i haven't heard it - my theory that Acting Like Someone's Dad is NOT dependent on BEING someone's Dad was borne out by mine and Tim's SANDCASTLE ACTION.

    We got back to find everyone had been VERY busy - we'd left Rob in charge (or "driving"), and he'd overseen Tom laying down FOUR tracks, including a rather lovely four part PIECE at the end of "The Lesson Of The Smiths". I stood in the kitchen cooking TEA and thinking how LOVELY it was to be with such a SORTED bunch of people who can get on with such things. Emma had been IN all afternoon, and at about 7pm she moved over to the MIC, and has recorded THREE songs including, i am told, FOUR PART HARMONIES at the end of "The Gay Train". It's all going VERY well anyway - the plan NOW is for me to record GUITARS (with Rob DRIVING) in the morning, also maybe some vocals, and then have Tom and Emma back in in the afternoon. Then on WEDNESDAY we'll try and do the last three or four songs with the RHYTHM SECTION then carry on with the overdubs.

    We're having a LOVELY time anyway, that is the MAIN NEWS. Stand by for further updates!

    posted 22/8/2005 by MJ Hibbett

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