Electric Soft Parade: Blogs 2006

Updates from Thomas during the recording of No Need To Be Downhearted in 2006.

Tom on 16/9/06: What a nice time ESP had in Rotterdam t’other day. We had a blinding show, and contrary to the reaction we’ve previously had in Holland, the 100-or-so folk who came down (to our first show in the country in four years!!) were with us all the way, and even granted us an encore! nil points to the guy down the front, putting me off by dancing strangely in his luminous jacket, though!!!! lush one! p.s. No Need To Be Down-Hearted is finished.

Tom on 27/8/06: ESP LP #3 is nearly there – just spent three days down The Metway with Jake Rousham, mixing all we’ve recorded at Truck over the last 6 months. Sounds f***** sweet – we’ve got about another half day of work, just doing final jostling etc. then we’re done!! Mega. Tracklisting something like:

No Need To Be Down-Hearted (Part 1) If That’s The Case, Then I Don’t Know, Life In The Back-Seat, Woken By A Kiss, Shore Song, Misunderstanding, Secrets, Cold World, Have You Ever Felt Like It’s Too Late? Come Back Inside, Appropriate Ending, No Need To Be Down-Hearted (Part 2)

Tom on 2/6/06: Just a few words on the new record…

Me and Al have just returned from yet another few days’ sojourn to Truck’s mighty room of rock in deepest Oxfordshire… this time coming away with 11 rough mixes, all with vocals. Album almost there, save for the possible addition of another couple of tunes and a whole load of mixing. Had a playback round ‘Twaites’s house last night and all sounding damn good. Should be done by end of July!! tracks include:

No Need To Be Down-Hearted (Part 1) If That’s The Case, Then I Don’t Know, Life In The Back-Seat, Appropriate Ending, Misunderstanding, In Ruins, Shore Song, Woken By A Kiss, Secrets, Have You Ever Felt Like It’s Too Late? Come Back Inside, No Need To Be Down-Hearted (Part 2)

13/3/06: From the Desk of Tom

Just spent four and a half days off from Brakes stuff up at the homely Truck Studios, Steventon, Oxfordshire, starting the recording proper for ESPLP3… Gone v. well so far, though also slightly raving as well, as there’s only me, Alex and a bunch of cows to break things up (oh, and I should just give props to The Fox Inn at the bottom of the road, who have filled our bellies and righted our brains in times of studio fever). Still, we have three tracks done save the mixing, and two more backing tracks down… hoping to finish the record ourselves (engineering and mixing) which is only scary if you think about it I guess – it’s something we’ve always wanted to do, but I really don’t think bmg would have entertained the idea for a second. It feels natural to be doing it now though, and having worked with seasoned pros and all that in the past, I think we’ve got the ability to make the record we want to on our own… anyway, off in a giant metal bird to the other side of the world on Wednesday. Wish us luck! tom x