This past Thursday the entire band got together for a second time to run through and do a crash course re-learning of all of our songs. It’s a marathon run to say the least.
Chris Westfall, our newest member of the band; the poor guy has to learn all 18 of our songs from scratch in a relatively short time and is going to be attempting to switch between rhythm guitar and additional keyboards/synth parts. He’s coming along amazingly well though.
Honestly, we are all kind of starting from square 1 again anyway. I think Westfall and I have the most work cut out for us in that I’m trading off some of my old rhythm guitar parts to him and adding some new guitar parts for me to play as well as showing him some of the keyboard/synth parts I wrote for the demos that I would like to see brought into the mix for the live show(s). Really though, this is a fun challenge for all of us and I think we are learning what we remember and re-writing what we don’t. In the end, I think we all feel it will turn out for the better and the new sound/arrangements are going to be much more amazing than before, especially live. Adding a fifth member to help fill out the sound is a good move and I think the band and music will benefit greatly from Westfall’s addition.
Thus far, we have attempted relearning (meaning we have run through them somewhat successfully at least one time):
Caution Signs, Moon and the Sun, Sandstorm, Mountains, Solitary Never Sleeps, Enemy Spies, Room 328, and Mothra.
Stay tuned for more updates from the practice sessions, and hopefully the rest of the guys will start joining in on these updates as well.
See you soon!