Delighted to confirm that Pray For Rain is finished and due for release on December 11th. As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s a more electric affair, with the Doubters really providing some new sounds.
Wooden Kimono, You Coulda Said and I’m Not Lost have existed in some form since 2010 or so – You Coulda Said and I’m Not Lost having been considered for the I’m Not Lost EP. The bones of Lovesick Blues was written and jammed with friends early last year before Stuart and I decided to revisit that one here. The Doubters really added something to these songs and I’m glad these all found a home.
So, that’s all the finer details just about confirmed. Our album, Pray For Rain, is just about done and all the artwork is just about in place!
We’re happy with the final mixes and there’s just a few little things to wrap up before it’s off for mastering. A release date has been pencilled in for December 11th. However, copies will be available at the launch on December 4th (a full week early!). We’ll be joined by our friends Dog Moon Howl at Glasgow’s 13th Note and we hope that some of you can make it along.
So, that’s the recording wrapped up. It’s been an absolute blast and we’re really pleased with how it’s sounding and we can’t wait to throw it out there. First though we need to settle on a name.
A couple of dates for your diaries, too.
First up I’ll be opening for Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss at Broadcast on Thursday night (June 11th). Stuart will be accompanying me on that one – playing some guitar (and adding some backing vocals if I can convince him that’s a good idea).
The second live date this year is also the first Jim Dead & The Doubters one. We’ll be playing a bunch of songs at the Bellfield Tavern in Kilmarnock as part of the first The Third Class Ticket evening. As always, details are in the ‘appearances’ section.
We’re back in the studio over the weekend to finish work on the first Jim Dead & The Doubters album. I’d stepped away from listening to the rough cuts we had at the end of day two, but I’ve been giving them a listen today, while making some slight changes to the lyrics and trying to work out some additional melodies and suchlike ahead of laying down the vocals – hopefully that side of things wont take too long and we can move on to the business of mixing.
With the exception of a couple of lead guitar parts and these vocals, the album was recorded live over two days in May. We’ve managed to decide on a running order; but while we had a working title, we’re struggling to give this thing a name.
Still, we’ll get there – we’ll get this thing wrapped up and there’ll be some new music out there soon enough.
Been reflecting on what was a pretty productive weekend at 16 Ohm Studios with Tommy and James Duffin. We had a blast, drank a fair bit of coffee, shot the breeze, and managed to get the new songs down. We think we have a pretty smashin’ collection of songs and we’re gonna start putting the finishing touches to it. Then it’s the real troublesome stuff like discussing a title and artwork.
Keep your ears to the ground – there’s a thunder looming.
So 2014 is coming to an end. It’s been a relatively quiet one, too. I had decided to take some time out and work on some new songs and just keep myself occupied with some other stuff. I also had the opportunity to jam with some old friends – revisiting some songs we did a very long time ago. At some point we started bouncing ideas off each other. But I wanted to work on the next Jim Dead album and with everyone having their own thing happening combining the two projects wasn’t possible. Those jams were valuable though and, importantly, a load of fun.
The second half of the year has been incredibly productive. There’s a Jim Dead & The Doubters album on the horizon! We’ve been in the studio a dozen or so times jamming on a bunch of songs that we’re very happy with and we played our first show in November when we joined Dog Moon Howl at the 13th Note. As a band, we sound like we’ve been together for a long time. I guess in some ways we have. My old friend Stuart has been a creative foil for so long and it was great jamming on stuff with him earlier in the year. Naturally, I asked him whether he’d be at all interested in working on some new stuff with me. He was interested in what I was doing, the direction it was taking and what I was wanting to do. Knowing that I wanted to revisit The Doubters thing, I got back in contact with Frankie – an original Doubter and someone with a knack of understanding what I was doing and locking into a groove. He’s such a great player and a natural choice, but having lost contact I honestly wasn’t sure I would be able to get him on board. When he said “sure”, I was delighted. Tommy was the last to board The Doubters ship. He sat in for the first session to help us out … he came back for the next one and became the final piece of the puzzle. So yeah, all of these guys are familiar with what I’ve been doing over the last few years and I’m honestly excited about the stuff we’re creating just now.
I dare say there’ll be a lot to look forward to in the New Year, then. Just as soon as we get back in the studio to pick up where we left off, we’ll be looking at securing some live dates and booking in some recording time, too.
As always, thanks to all of you – I hope the festive season has been good to you and I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2015.