Coalesce vocal sessions Part 2.

imgp0906.JPGThe second round of vocals went way better than I had hoped. We started at 9:00 am, and even with me and Ed Rose locking ourselves out of the studio, we made good time. Good thing that hammer and screwdriver was close, we took that mug of it’s hinges. I focused only on the fast tune since the beginning part was throwing me off so bad. The thing is, I couldn’t figure out why this beginning part was so hard to nail. I figured if I could make Give them Rope come together it would be a piece of cake. But the thing is, these new songs aren’t a wall of sound, so just blasting in 5/5 wasn’t going to do it. It wasn’t enough to fit some vocals, it had to move with the song and be as dynamic as the riff itself. No short order, but after a couple of weeks of rewriting lyrics, and vocal patterns, it came out better than I could possibly hope. When Jes compliments something I do, I know that I nailed it.

We settled on a title for the project, and it’s titled “Salt and Passage”. In short it’s a commentary on transition in one’s life, spiritually . Track titles are “Son of son of Man”, and “I am this”. We are still working on the video portion of this project, and think we have it all figured out, but I simply have been focusing on the lyrics and excercising my lungs so that the recording time goes smoothly. I have come to grips that I am 32. This didn’t use to be hard. But the payoff seems to be much greater now when the songs get completed.

The resinging of “thank you” and “that’s the way” for the repress/compilation of all covers for “There is nothing new under the sun” is finally mixed and put to bed. Hydrahead will be putting that on the calender soon enough. It’s the original Zeplin record, but with all the stray covers we did on seven inches combined with new art by Aaron Turner. It’s so exciting not to cringe when I hear those soft songs with those awfully sung lyrics. It’ll be a shock to most who are used to the old versions. Again, the old versions will be included on the Cd. I doubt that vinyl will be done for this record again, but that’s going to be a HH decision.

Click one to hear a sample.
That’s the Way
Thank you

The final song is going to be completed this month on the 30th, and then we move on 100% onto the video portion and the book part of the release. It’s going to actually happen, after so many Coalesce release failures, it’s so gratifying that this one is going to happen in a timely manner.

On a side note, I was a litigant on the People’s Court Tv show last year suing a manager for ripping me off, long story short, I went down in flames, but you can see it on 4/18/07. Check your local listings for People’s Court, and have a laugh. I wasn’t!



6 Comments so far

  1. Dion Peoples April 10th, 2007 9:01 pm


    FYI: I been a ‘fan’ for nearly a decade – have all the songs except for the BSF split! Sorry about the ‘verdict’! I just heard the new vocals for the Zep songs – gotta say that I like the older versions, with the deeper voice. I heard the ‘new song’ clip – very clean… it would be interesting to hear how you arrange your vocals with a cleaner ‘band-sound’. With the cleaner sound, the band might sound like RATM/AUDIOSLAVE – be aware to stay ‘aggressive’ {was that a ‘Faith No More’ song?} A new Coalesce album is the best news since the birth of my son, a 16 months ago! Don’t let us ‘old-school’ fans down’ Much Respect! -Dion

  2. admin April 11th, 2007 4:48 am

    Yeah, we figured people would feel like you do about the zeplin redo songs. That’s totally cool, we are including both versions on the disc so nothing is going away, it’s just being added too.

    I don’t think there will be any question that the new tracks are aggressive. They have evolved, yes, but there is no trying to scream/sing on them. It’s 100% coalesce. thanks for writing!

  3. Darren April 12th, 2007 8:18 am

    After you put “Salt and Passage” out, do you plan on doing any final reunion shows in support of it? I’ve been kicking myself ever since I missed the last reunion show in Kansas maybe a year ago.

    Also, I’m intrested to see this People’s Court episode!

  4. Darren Tindell April 12th, 2007 8:26 am

    Do you know when you’ll be getting more green “Functioning on Impatience” t-shirts in stock? I’ve been searching on ebay for that shirt for a long time and hadn’t realized you were selling it. I need a small!

  5. zachallia April 18th, 2007 11:12 am

    That was easily the best People’s Court I have ever seen. Sorry you didn’t win, but we all learned how to do it right.

  6. admin May 4th, 2007 10:52 am

    Hey, sorry for the delay in updates, we have a few big ones coming on the 11th. But to answer these questions real quick, yes, we want to play some shows in august, and if you go to our online store, all of the green foi shirts have been restocked. thanks!

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