At the end of our touring cycle last year, we had the opportunity to visit Daytrotter and record a few tracks, including three from our upcoming cd “Red-Winged Blackbird Man”. The Daytrotter experience was amazing and it really felt like a milestone event for our band.

Please visit our little Daytrotter artist page and have a listen for yourself:
MMTU on Daytrotter

(Oh and for gear heads – I used a Taye 14×7 maple/walnut snare, the house kit which was a C&C Maple/Mahogany kit and some of main touring cymbal set up: 14″ HHX Groove hats, 18 AAX Ozone crash, 21″ Signature ride and 18″ HHX Stage Crash.)

Day 3 recap

We took a listen to the 8 (yes 8!) tracks that we had recorded, we averaged about 3 takes a song and then picked the best performance, and then had time to record a non album track, spot check some details and then the rhythm section was done.

Mike had two more songs to do, no drums no bass but strings on one. And on the other Bo decided to lay down some slide work on acoustic that was just too cool. That man is an amazing guitar player as well as producer. We’re so lucky to be working with him.

We had a late night listening session and then I got about 4 hours of sleep before heading back home.

Incidentally, if you have a long, flat, Midwestern drive to do, put on some early Genesis like “Selling England By The Pound.” It will make even the most boring drive seem epic. Haha

(Kitwise, I stuck with the last drum and cymbal setup for the “bonus track”. Why mess with a good thing?)

Day 2 recap

More cymbal and drum combos – on Friday I used that same kit for all songs:

22 and 16 Taye StudioBirch
12 Spaun wood hoop tom
And then either the Spaun wood hoop snare or the Black Beauty

For cymbal I flipped the mixed hats with the SABIAN HHX groove top and the Mastersound bottom
20 HH French hasn’t left the set up once (love that cymbal! Thanks Jackie and Kevin Laskey at SABIAN for picking me a winner!)
Kept the Ciccerelli up all day too and then rotated between two of the following based on the songs:
18″ HHX Stage, 18″ HH Thin, 18″ AAX Ozone

Progress? Made it through the bulk of 8 tracks and might do a few quick retakes. Our producer Bo Ramsey likes to keep us moving quickly and we’ve have some great takes to show for it!