No blog for two weeks! WTF??

Yep see that slightly, disappointed, faux-staunched out look I'm giving the camera? I like to imagine that that is what you, the readers, feel about my blogosphere truancy. It also sums up my feelings of our gig in Queenstown a few weeks ago. It was pretty shit really - the tourist season had finished a few days beforehand, and we played to an audience of 10. Including the bar staff.

However The Tweeks are a seasoned touring machine. We know how to deal with these types of scenarios. Basically that involves smoking pot and drinking at various times before and after our set. Below is the aftermath.

The following week I had my final lessons teaching the drumkit to high school students. To those out there who don't know me very well - this is how I pay my bills. I can't really be bothered going on about it, but hey check out what I found in the John McGlashan staff room. Telling isn't it?

Next on my list of carryon was The Tweeks' last NZ gig. It was pretty awesome to see that many people out giving us a send off - thanks to all you peeps that came - it was a pretty special night for me.. I'm not too sure how the actual music ended up sounding (there were a few wrong'uns) but hey I had a pretty sweet time playing. Thanks heaps to Tono Tonnon, David Good, Andy Biff, Sunset Cinema, Sharkbait (omg fav new Dunedin band!), and the Slur-Tones.

The very next day I ended up running around setting up for The Biff Merchants' recording session. The Biffs and myself have been planning this for almost 6 months, and it's awesome that the project is underway. On the Saturday, in my sorry state, we set up an ad hoc studio in Sammys. Holy shit that place is messy - really filthy. We found a box of 7" singles of Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" lying around in the kitchen. WTF?

I mean fuck I can't really complain - Sam, the business owner let us run loose in Dunedin's coolest mid-large size venue for 5 days - free! Pretty cool huh?

Here's some shots.

The Biff Merchants, caught in headlights - haha

"Stu, are you using a Digi 002 Protools interface, connected to a Digimax ADAT converter and an Apogee Rosetta 200 via S/PDIF, with preamps from JLM, Hamptone, Great River, and Buzz Audio?"
"Yes, cool aye?"

"Stu, I really like your microphone choices, I feel like they really bring out the character of our instruments, while being practical to our 'all at once' recording situation."
"Ow thanks guys!"


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