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This is a blog created/kept unkempt by the band A Relative Term to express the process of recording their next full length album. They will poke each other in the eyes, whack each other's noses, butt heads repeatedly, and run in circles on the floor for your enjoyment.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

All Together Now

What mark said.

Also, the record is sounding pretty cool. lots of guitar and rocking. kind of like Grand Funk Railroad with a hint of Pantera and Elvis. oh yeah, and a whole bunch of Thin effin Lizzy

Friday, October 28, 2011

No Path To Water

We started with about 22 songs/sketches/demos that the three of us picked through with the idea that we'd delete anything any of us weren't immediately keen on, record everything that was left, and from that, choose the songs that worked best together as an album. "Days In Fire" was initially on the cut list- partially because it was nearly five minutes with not a whole lot going on, and partially because there were already two other songs heavily themed with fire. Two's company, three's a "what's the deal with all this fire?" So, needless to say, it was on the chopping block. However, after listening to some of the mixes of songs we've been working on, not only did "Days In Fire" fit in tone (as well as, yes, thematically) it seemed to be providing something that was missing to the flow of the songs. In short, it might just fit in better than we'd thought.

So we started tracking it.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1000 Burning needles

In case you've ever wondered what it's like to be a part of A Relative Term...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fording The River

We've been plugging away at songs for a few months now and at the end of last Monday's session we decided to take stock of where were in the larger picture of things. Our method has been to work on one song at a time; to finish it as completely as the three of us can. Of course there are elements we'd like to add that we're not readily set up for like drums or backing vocals and so we took some time to write down what songs were going to still need work.

The resounding answer: all of them.
Here's a picture of the mess list we made

If you can't read it (and I suspect you may not be able to decipher the chicken scratch let alone the garbled layout) it basically says that a lot of the songs still need some missing elements which include "Big Flats 1901", "Schmitt vocals" and , yes, "attitude".

Yup, we're right on track.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Singularity And The Skin Bag

I will admit to feeling pessimistic about technology and how we use it, which may be why guys like this are so inspiring.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dean Jalepeno Thornton

Three worst characters in A Relative Term:

3. Mark's abandoned quarter cup of coffee left at various places in the studio/my apartment/my car
2. Mark's video camera 
1. Mark

Don't try to prove me wrong, futility can be frustrating.


I ain't building no bookcase

Three best characters in Boardwalk Empire:

3. Eddie Kessler
2. Harrow
1. Chalky White

Go ahead, try and prove me wrong.