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What we did last summer (in the studio)

So, we recorded an album last July. It was like sailing the Seven Seas but we set foot ashore just in time and in one piece. I think the time is right to shoot a couple of memories at ya’ll..

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Yes. We recorded our whole album on a boat. It gently floats on a canal in the city of Den Bosch. Whenever the weather let us, we had dinner on the deck. The handsome guy in the green with the blue coffee mug is Rutger Drenth. He’s our friend and a great cook. He produced our album. It’s his studio.

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Working on piano parts. We used a Yamaha CP70 and an old Wurlitzer.. Joy!

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Kai and his bass guitars. Actually, the white one isn’t his. He wishes. It’s from 1965.

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Our brand new Villain Matthijs hit the ground running. The day after he was officially inaugurated, he had to put his money where is mouth was in the studio. He did an amazing job!

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Rutger has some really cool, old mics. This one is a Phillips from the 1930s.

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The answer is: Yes, they all went to 11.

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Mandoline. I love it.

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We wanted a gritty, ‘demo-ish’ sound for the last track on the album, Hell’s Not Red. Rutger blew the dust of this old tape deck he found somewhere on the boat and hooked it up. I felt like 13 all over again (except for the beer crates). Just keepin’ it real, folks. Old Skool indeed..

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I bought this harmonium for €25,-. We named him Frederick II.  I completely stripped him from all the unnecessary  wood and decorations, so it would fit in my car. I’m very glad I bought him. He plays a vital part in the songs Ikarus and Raynie, My Son. His weary, but mighty sigh is the first thing you hear when you turn on the album.

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This is Rutger mixing (and checking Facebook). Notice the little pink and white pillow to keep the RSI-demons at bay.

This is a video Maarten shot. We were recording bass for a track called Lakeside Bench. The video is rather long (Maarten always makes his little movies too long), but it gives you an impression of the boat and the studio.

And off course there was a lot of fooling around.. Here we’re raping a Shaking Godspeed song. Rutger’s on the drums. Thomas is shaking it in his own, ‘special’ way.0