Like the cosmic microwave background radiation still visible on old TV sets, we’re still processing our own Big Bang of sorts after we released our EP this summer. All of a sudden a lot of creative people sprang into our known musical universe. And we are eager to work with all of them.
Our semi-annual “Man-cation” (recently dubbed “Band-cation”) to Las Vegas took place at the end of October. On the routine drive out, we stopped off of I-15 near the California agricultural border patrol station and snapped a few photos. It’s amazing we were able to find an Assemble the Noise sign in the middle of the desert
In November, we were hard at work planning and shooting a music video with @antondelfino and @afilmsnob. The duo approached us at our EP release party and we were instantly eager to work with them. The video will be for Spinning and it stars @realsyntax who was gracious enough to take time out of DJing to collaborate with us. The scenes are all shot and complete, and we are working on editing it together. We’re really excited to share it with everyone.
As if all of the above wasn’t enough to keep us busy, there are some other developing opportunities in the works. Recently we were very excited to finally get a free-style rapper in the studio, and with the help of a female vocalist, we are now exploring the option of a collaborations EP. But perhaps the biggest news to share is that we are hard at work writing some new music that will be featured in a TV commercial. More news on that coming soon.
Obviously we are very excited about the eccentric orbit we have been on since launch. We are thankful for being able to share this great news with you. We hope to keep this momentum going into the new year!
We thought it would be cool to try out this service called Sound Out. They pay random people fractions of a penny to listen and review a random song. Reviewers are required to use specific keywords and only are required to listen to the first 60 seconds of songs.
So we submitted all four of our EP tracks to this service. Our overall scores were pretty consistent from 6.2 to 6.8 out of 10, but we only had 20 people review each of our four tracks. We guess we think that is passing. But the real fun came with the reviews. There was a decent mix of spam and legitimate feedback. And without a doubt, English is not the first language for a few of these reviewers… Here are some of our favorites unedited for your reading enjoyment (you can’t make this stuff up):
“It is sung by male singers. The pace is somewhat quick.”
“Gutes if you like this type o accompaniment, might be a stage song for Miley Cylis, other than that not a hit.”
“I think I just watched a John Hughes movie where this was in the background?”
“It has a mest up drumline. Then when the singing voices come in, it doesn’t sound good when they are just saying what they keep saying. But the beat is quite catchier than i exspected”
“It really makes it the new version of a bobbing your head song. The vocalizing was bearable I’ll leave it at that.”
“I’m not much into dance music, but this makes me want to move. It’s kinda like a male Madonna with swag.”
“I can see this being a hit despite me not liking it.”
There was also a lot of legitimate positive and critical feedback. But we had some laughs reading the above and had a great time reading everything.
Speaking of reviews…if you have a second, please leave us a review in the iTunes store. It really helps our discoverability and you’d be doing us a huge favor!
Releasing an album is a lot of work. We have mad respect for anyone who has gone through the process and survived to release. Along the way there were plenty of speed bumps. Without the help of some influential and unsuspecting minds, we may not have crossed the finish line. Here are just a few that made this EP possible.
Shameless shout out to our wives! Without their moral support it would have been a disaster given the amount of hours we spent cooped up in this studio. I calculated it. Including time spent on throw away material, we collectively have spent 5 hours x 3 men x 90 sessions. If you stack our time spent end to end that is 1,350 man/hours. Or…18 days straight of the three of us huddled in the same room. Dizam!
And we can’t forget Jatworld, who pulled back the curtain on how to record, master, and produce full stereo vocals. It even became a verb. “What did you do to vocals?” “Oh yeah…I jatworld’ed the crap out of them.”
Without a steady food and beer supply we would have burned out. Taco Thursdays at the 90 West fueled our grueling production phase. They hands down have the best tacos on the west side. Granted, they are probably horrible for you…oh and they have fresh popcorn too!
We also got some early feedback from trusted ears. Thanks to Jack from 46bliss on vocal compression tips, Danny and Steve from CMR for their feedback on performance, and @kunal_merchant for making the trip out to LA to jam with us. Kunal, we haven’t forgotten about those tracks.
Also, a very special shout out goes to @venzani. After a random listen on turntable.fm (as Freestyle), they sought out our website and setup a brand new twitter account just to get access and download our EP. Their first and only so far tweet was to #SpreadTheNoise. How awesome is that.
Delta airlines no longer requires you to turn off your phone for takeoff & landing, just airplane mode. Gonna listen to the EP as we takeoff
RT @marleydisalvo: relationship status: (drives through the night while 80s synthpop plays in the background)
happy thanksgiving studio 13 #MentionSomeoneYouAreThankfulFor
Residual Noise wp.me/p2wm93-3S
@NickPopescu do it! Why wait? :)
RT @kebabette: Periodic table of synthpop. pic.twitter.com/HM47nkvkq2 ping @beechworks @nicedystopia @DrMattFinch (via @oobp)
@NovelNature just checked out 1937, great track. Reading your twitter feed is eerily similar to our band :) #EP #Vegas #studio #drivecrash
Broke dem' sticks, even on a Roland virtual drum kit!
That's a wrap #musicvideo
RT @realsyntax: @assemblethenois thank you for inviting me to collaborate! s/o @antondelfino @afilmsnob - inspiring to work/hang with such …
#scenic Baldwin Hills #musicvideo
The insanely talented
@realsyntax LA graffiti #photoshoot pic.twitter.com/wvYAHBMN9a
@realsyntax we cannot thank you enough! Headphones on, a soundtrack of LA in your head, you left a trail of smiles throughout the city :)
#love #graffiti #LA
Around town shooting a #musicvideo in Santa Monica pic.twitter.com/cRrKumJQwy
music video shoot night 1: Mike lays it down on the guitar #musicvideo
#musicvideo #behindthescenes #cinematographer #director
Running and Gunning and Spinning!
Setting up a shot
#BigBuckHunter #BigWin #Vegas