Punk Brothers Comatose. A Dream Long in the Making
Hail hail, folks.
I just got the masters back today, and I am very excited to release this Punk EP to the world.
Starting last year, The Brothers Comatose made an EP for Halloween release. The idea is that we dress 4 of our songs up in a different genre. Last year it was Metal. This year, a bit less heavy, but no less dear to my heart, we did Punk (more pop punk really, but it really depends on how you’re defining these things, and genre splicing and delineation has never been my strong suit).
The way the project works is this: I hype the guys up on the idea, and they say “go for it!” Then I come up with 4 songs and work up demos. Then we hired James Allen – drummer for rad local band One Armed Joey – to track some real drums (last year’s EP had MIDI drums. A regret I’ll carry with me forever…). Then … we ended up on a 3 week tour.
No problem! I brought my portable studio with me – laptop and interface – and Ryan had his trusty LesPaul on the road. So the guitars got tracked in various backstages across the Northwest. I mixed and mixed in the van, and had things mostly ready for Ben and Alex to track lead vocals in our brief time at home between tours.
Ryan sent me guitar solos that he did in his home studio, Ben and Alex came in and shredded some vocal tracks, I threw down tons of background vox, and other tidily little bits where I thought they would be cool, and – the piece de resistance – Jenny stepped in and crushed the lady vocal parts on Morning Time.
Finish it up, tie it with a bow, and send it off to the amazing Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering to make it huge and shiny… and we have our EP. Still warm from the oven, and ready for you to enjoy.
I’m really happy with how it all came out. I’d never mixed live drums before, so that was a pretty substantial learning curve. The process of mixing and then mastering is still somewhat shrouded in mystery to me, and so this project – just like last year’s – was nutty in a great way. Like being thrown into the deep end of the pool… but the pool isn’t really too deep, and it’s filled with delicious Mango LeCroix, so even if you did sink, you could still drink your way out… I guess, what I mean is, challenging, but without life-and-death consequences.
Hope you enjoy.