Well, it’s finally here: Our first EP! We’ve named it “EP No. 1″ (we use our creativity on music, not on album titles), and it is now available at CD Baby for digital download. If you prefer other outlets, the EP is on iTunes, Amazon or Google Play too.
We are proud to announce we’ve finished recording our new EP. While artwork is being finalized, we thought we’d give you an early listen to one of the tracks. Check back for the for the release party announcement!
Notes:All ages show with our friends, Labradora. They make some fantastic music, and are great friends. Some may remember Labradora frontman, Steve Rickard, from his days playing bass in The Carolines. Here’s the rundown: doors at 8pm, Labradora starts at 9pm, Deepest Darkest at 10:30pm. All ages, and there may be a small cover. Hope to see you there!
We recently did a photo shoot with our good friend Cristin Norine. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to balance on a stack of books. Maybe I should get that inner ear thing checked out. Anyways, here is a sneak peek at the pics prior to photoshop removing our blemishes and adding bigger pectoral muscles.
With summer slowly achieving its full glory, our excitement for the new EP is through the roof. We’ve taken some time off from playing live, and spent it laying down tracks for the EP. Well, now we’re done with the tracking, and while the album is being polished and tuned we thought it a good time to play the White Eagle, one of our favorite places. We’ll be sharing the bill with Brave Julius and Welfare. The even kicks off at 9:30 (we’ll play last), and costs $6. Hope to see you there!
The band has been hard at work for weeks now – setting up, tuning up and laying down tracks at the new Deepest Darkest studio. Without a hired engineer or studio staff, it has required us to be very hands on with everything from getting the perfect sound to making coffee runs. The hard work seems to be paying off, as we’re very excited about the sounds. Some may not know this, but Matthew has an audio engineering degree from Full Sail in Florida, so we’ve enjoyed his expertise and know-how with every aspect of the process. Nat is a registered tone freak, and has a knack for knowing when something sounds sweet. And Jared? He’s what we like to call, “The Architect”. He sees the big picture and is keen on when to redo, rewrite or print.
Doing it yourself can be a dangerous game in the world of recording music. If you have inadequate equipment, you can sometimes still make a great album if you have an acoustically pleasing room. If you don’t have either, then you’d better at least have great songs and great musicians. If you have none of these, a DIY project has the benefit of an unlimited time frame to get it done. It can be a blessing and a curse: you can redo every take until you get it just right, but sometimes the project stretches into eternity if you are too picky. While we feel we have decent gear, and some nice sounding rooms, I particularly appreciate the guys in the band being seasoned vets at knowing the right amount of time to spend on each part of a tune. I myself tend to be a bit of a ‘settler’ but I’ve been gently nudged into having a higher standard. Having the ability to spend a day recording, then listening to board mixes for a couple days on our own has been extremely helpful in deciding if a part sounds perfect. I don’t know that I’ll ever want to have that luxury taken away by recording at an hourly rate in someone else’s studio.
To sum it up, we’re having a blast, and getting some great results. We hope to bring them to you very soon!
While Deepest Darkest isn’t officially on the bill for Cover Your Hearts 2012, the entire band will be playing a big part in this year’s annual fundraising event for ETHOS Music. We’ll be performing alongside the members of Derby, and some of us will be playing in Jaycob Van Auken’s set. If you haven’t been, you should definitely make it this year to the 80′s music celebration that is Cover Your Hearts 5. It will be more fun than you’ve had since 1991…and we’ll make sure of it. Here’s a link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/335081663183542/
Thanks to all who made our 2011 a great one. Thanks to all the great musicians, promoters and club operators who work so hard on every event. Thanks to our fans, friends and family who come out and make every show fun. We hope to keep delivering the rock and roll for years to come.