Rose is away for a few days so I've been left in charge of mission control Mwahahaaaaaaaa!!! First thing to do will be to figure out how to change the name to The Mike Lake Band!
We've both had a week off from our real jobs and had originally planned to do a bit of a mini tour around the South West. However, although it would have been lots of fun we decided our time was better spent in the studio to continue recording Geography. This certainly was the right decision, the recording has gone fantastically well and the songs have grown and evolved which will make this album something quite special.
Rose is a natural in the recording studio. Her experience and preparation was obvious. Special thanks to Leigh Crossman of The Ariel Recording Studio, his calming and professional manner made my first recording session a pleasure to do. We are probably 75% there with Geography and we are really looking forward to its release, watch this space.
So apart from recording? we've had a fun week acting like we're on tour, lots to sort out, normally over a pint... Well we are on holiday after all. We've had some cracking weather and it has inspired some songwriting from both of us. These new songs will be ready for you live soon.
We've sorted out a lively, upbeat set-list for our next gig which will be at The Champ - Appledore on Saturday 19th April. Our first time playing there together and it'd be great to see you there.
So with me at the helm for a few days to keep HMS Roholio on a straight and even keel what could possibly go wrong??
We are looking forward to a busy fun-packed Summer with an album launch, lots of new songs and hopefully some exciting news! (no, i'm not pregnant)
Mike Lake Band
Hugs and kisses to you all, I am on a natural high!
Roholio has gone from 290 likes on facebook to 329 in the past week and okay I know that likes aren't the be all and end all but between you and me, Mike and I are a just a little bit like that cow jumping over the moon ;) It's nice to know we are reaching more people and it's mad because we've been locked away recording and rehearsing for over a month now so it's really nice to see people taking notice of our shenanigans! Gives us the encouragement to make Geography that little bit better :)
Anyway before I tell you how all that's coming along I shall share our rehearsal antics with you. Okay so we've been trying to arrange a tune for recording for a while now and I've suggested numerous times to Mike that he colour it in so that he remembers when he's bowing and when he's plucking so last practise this is what his sheet looked like. In amazement I gazed at the squiggles of colour before me and quickly he chirped in with, "I know it looks green but its not meant to be, the colours just mixed." "It's okay" I replied. He protested, "if it was green it would be in G." O....K
Now I would think him mad but actually there is such a thing as seeing colours with music and I have to admit I too am guilty of having this but green is E not G Mike! I refuse to accept your greeny G :-P
Anyway... He got his revenge. There we were deep into a song and the doorbell goes, 'just be a minute' he says. I hold his bass... his very heavy double bass....his very heavy bass off-balance and what does he do? Take a picture :( I know it sounds lame but it really hurt my wrists!
So back to the "real" news... we now have an online store via reverbnation thanks to our PR, photographer, Roadie and general all-around-nice-guy Ben Clarke. This is incredibly handy as 'Ghosts' has been sold out for some time and so we can now offer it to you online as a download which means you get a better deal and I don't have to do too much heavy lifting with CDs (clearly I'm not cut out for it).
He's also done a lot of updating and tidying on our facebook page so things are look that little bit more swish (clearly I'm not cut out for that either!) so things are ticking along nicely as ever and this time next week we will have finished our second session in the studio for Geography! Oooo very exciting times ahead!
So it's all coming together but before I go I must say a huge thank you to The Voice FM for their continued support. I have honestly lost count of the amount of airplay and plugs we've have had so from the bottom of my heart guys, thanks :) I cannot stress enough the importance of local radio and how much it means to us penniless musicians trying to make a name for ourselves when a DJ says, "I love what you do." Just keeps us going, you know? So thanks, and thank you guys out there for listening!
Be in touch again soon
We've been busy trekking across fields, moorland (essentially), woods, through mud and rain, passed landslides and seasides in order to bring you fresh new pictures and (we hope) a good cover for Geography. Believe me when I tell you how frozen we were and how bizarre in felt dragging our instruments to some of these locations! Check out Mike for example:
See what I mean :-P it was windy too - really windy! We also managed to fit in a little video 'trailer' for our youtube channel and Ben neglected to tell us he was still rolling while we were doing our Star Wars impressions.... oops. Still we seem to be getting a good response from friends and family so who knows maybe you all enjoy seeing the ridiculous side to us :-)
We're back in the studio at Easter and things are definitely taking shape at rehearsals. I think it's safe to say we're both raring to go so I'm hoping things with come together nice and quick and I'll be able to tell you at the end of May that we have an album gone to press!
Gigwise we're looking forward to playing the Champ in Appledore on April 19th and, as always, have a few things on the horizon so we'll keep you posted!
Look at me keeping it short and sweet ;) As always thank you all for your continued support and we hope you keep checking back for more shenanigans!