Stay tuned for updates! I’m currently working on some new material and have been writing fairly consistently for a few months now. I’m still developing ideas and doing some demo recording but I am hoping to start doing some serious recording for a follow up album to Lipstick on a Pig in Summer/Fall 2013…
A note about Lipstick on a Pig…
Writing, recording and producing Lipstick on a Pig was a lot of fun for me. It was in Hamilton, ON, while attending McMaster University, where I wrote and recorded much of the album during the 2nd and 3rd year of my studies.
It was a true DIY project for me, with a makeshift home studio in my basement bedroom in a house I shared with some friends off-campus. I had a Mac, a set of decent quality Rode microphones, a pair of really great Mackie monitors, a first generation Mbox with Pro Tools and a few (very) rough ideas.
I spent a lot of time developing these rough ideas into what would eventually become songs. It was the first time in my musical life where I was really forced to think about the entire song on my own (guitar, bass, percussion and arrangement). I learned to appreciate the complexity of process for even the simplest ideas.
It was then that I realized if I sought the help from friends some of the songs could excel beyond what I was capable of doing on my own. Enter Rob Gates, bassist extraordinaire. Rob and I had played in a hard rock band named Obeah. He was someone that I trusted and collaborated with for years. His bass work can be heard on Dichotomy, Apathetic, Pesado and Butterfly Effect.
The last song on the album to be completed was a calypso-flamenco fusion song that I had trouble finishing. I had an idea to combine two styles of music that I love and quickly realized the calypso portion of the fusion could not be a true calypso without some suggestive lyrics filled with double entendres.
Enter Brendan Seale. Not only was Brendan the singer and guitarist in Obeah, he is also my cousin. Cook the Sparrow was finally finished in December 2005 when Brendan and I sat down and wrote lyrics in the style of the traditional calypso’s we grew up hearing. Brendan can be heard playing the steel pan, the cuatro and vocals.
Anyways, I took a long break (too long) from writing and recording but am happy to share that I’m in the process of (slowly) writing new music for a follow-up to Lipstick on a Pig.