It’s Sean (Shrub, if you’ve figured out my Rat Chat alias 😛).
I know you’ve heard a lot of talk about how busy we are building website stuff and launching the album and planning a tour and paying our debt and managing our feelings AND while things are exciting, the boys and I have all said at one time in the last couple months…
“We gotta play some f’in music again.”
We’ve been doing this long enough to where we try to listen to our gut feelings (they’re always right), so we decided to have a creative day.
SOUNDS GREAT, RIGHT?!
Until I pick up my guitar and sound like Johnny Depp desperately trying to impress Eddie Vedder by slamming power chords on his pre-war Martin that cost more than the UTR’s total debt.
Yeah, it totally happened…YOU CAN SMELL THE EGO
But I digress…
I’m learning how hard it is to switch hats from marketing guru/website developer/social media presence to being a free-minded creative artist all the time.
There’s no good way to do it other than how UTR gets the rest of their stuff done . . . SHEER WILL AND DETERMINATION!
So after a couple hours of takes, we had taken out all the stops by process of elimination:
-Try playing without coffee ✅
-Trying playing with TOO MUCH coffee ✅
-Try playing with empty stomachs ✅
-Try gorging ourselves ✅
-Try playing after a dip the pool ✅
-Try playing after getting in touch with god 💨 ✅
-Taking a break ✅
-Try playing 15 different songs ✅
-Try taking it way too seriously ✅
-Try playing it as if we didn’t care ✅
Keep in mind that, in order to record in your mobile home, you have to turn your noisy A/C off. Good thing Texas has that nice cool breeze!
SIKE! Do people still say that? Whatever. It’s basically the 2000’s in here.
Anyway, after some time (and sweat) an acceptable run of Stuffed Monkey Farewell came out and the feeling like we could never be artists again faded.
In fact, this was our fist time doing it in this arrangement and hey! It’s kinda nice!
One time we met Leland Sklar, bassist to the stars (if you don’t know…go find out) and Casey ended up messaging with him afterwards and one thing Leland said stuck…”Gonna keep on going til I get it right.”
It’s like the cool guys “just keep swimming.” I love it and that’s just what we’re doing.
This new club is too much fun. I’m having a blast getting to know ya’ll better.
Can’t wait to make more stuff for all of you in here!!
Sooooo, what do you think? Comment below!