Release date: Monday 31st March, 2008
Producer: Ben Lloyd
Engineer: Ben Lloyd
Label: Xtra Mile
Tarrant:As with Sleep, I didn't play on this record. Ben and Frank holed up in a place called the Rat House for three weeks, with Ben again taking the role of engineer and producer. Nigel was there for quite a lot of it too, providing drums, percussion and keys. I still remember hearing the record for the first time (in the middle of the night while bolting seat frames together for a splitter bus!) and thinking "fuck, this is really good". I think the three of them, with the help of a fine mixing job by Tristan Ivemy, produced a really great record. There's a leanness to the arrangements and parts that allowed the songs breathing space to shine in their best light.
Nigel:I really enjoyed the making of this album. To up the sound quality quotient I had bought a new ProTools system which Ben and Frank used to attack the material, much of which we had amassed and played in while touring Sleep Is For The Week.
I went down to The Rat House for two and half days for all the drums (I think we had anticipated more than that, but it went quickly), and then returned a week or so later to do the keyboards, percussion and my share of the backing vocals. There was a good atmosphere around the recording, not even dispersed when Frank, in a fit of ill-advised computer work, erased the drum takes of a song called Old Flames (which has consequently never seen the light of day).
Even though EKMB is close, I still think this remains my favourite album in Frank's repertoire. There's an economy and lack of ego throughout that means, even though I feel his songwriting has got better from album to album, the songs <i>sound</i> better on this album. Although the size of venues has rendered this inevitable, it is a shame that something like Prufrock (which I think on the album has a perfect arrangement) has got chubbier and busier and more bloated as time has gone on. But that kind of subtlety would be very hard to put across in an arena.
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