What?!?  A gig?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States and there is plenty to be thankful for - family, friends, our health, the RAIN, and of course, music.  It's true that our EP project is progressing more slowly than anticipated but our planned trajectory was diverted by an unforeseen gig. Yes, a gig! This, of course, necessitated finding a new bassist and getting him up to speed. Quickly.

Please welcome my good friend Jordan Reading into the King Never fold. Truthfully, Jordan has been a part of the extended King Never family for quite sometime. Most notably he played bass on our Christmas single We Three Kings from a few years ago.

What about the gig, you ask? Well, it's a house concert and could be cancelled because of rain!  Ha. But, it will likely go off without a hitch, and honestly, I've been curious to try this whole house concert thing. Especially since we have the perfect yard for just such a thing. 

Hmmm....

As you gather with friends and family this holiday season, would you be so kind as to mention King Never? We really need your help getting the word out as we approach the release of the new EP.

As always, thanks for your continued support. 

Matt

Drums, drums, drums!

Hello there! I'm happy to report that Nick's drums have been recorded for all three of our new songs.  We just finished recording drums for the last song last weekend and it sounds great!

I posted a couple videos to our Youtube page, and if you listen carefully, you can hear a teaser of one of the songs in the background as Nick is tracking drums.

And yes, we recorded in my garage...it's the only space in my house with vaulted ceilings and it really makes a difference with drums. 

By the time you read this, I'll hopefully have the basic guitar tracks recorded for a song or two.  Then I'll start tackling the vocals or maybe circle back around and add some additional texture guitar parts or loops.  Regardless, I've got my guitar cabinet mic'ed up and ready to rock!

As always, thanks for your continued support.

Matt

Dodgy Lyrics and Re-Voiced Chords

Work is progressing nicely on our new three song EP.  Finally.  I got a bit bogged down with lyric writing paralysis, but that has passed.  Two songs are ready to go and the final song is well underway. Yesterday afternoon I spent some quality time working on the final song, tentatively titled It Doesn't Have To Be (yes, a horrid, whiney name).  Of any of our songs to date, this one has been re-worked the most.  It started life back when Scott was still drumming for us and underwent at least two major re-writes with different, yet similar chords, and some dodgy verse lyrics that never seemed right.  Another major re-write happened when Nick joined.  I changed the chords again and Karl recorded what will be the final bass line.  My guitar part was getting closer, but still wasn't THE PART.  Well, that is, until yesterday afternoon.  I re-voiced a few chords and simplified the others and was left with the distinct impression that Karl would really dig what I came up with.  So...the verse lyrics still need help, but now that the music feels right, they will come quickly.

If you are subscribed to our email list (and if not, why not?), you'll notice we've switched to MailChimp for list management stuff.  Hopefully the switch was seamless and nothing blew up in cyberspace.

Thanks for your continued support.

Matt

Gone But Not Forgotten

I’d be lying if I said Karl’s passing didn’t knock the wind out of my sails.  For me, it was two deaths in one - the death of a friend and the death of the music we created together.  This really hit home at Karl’s funeral.  His brother Derrick and friend Morris set up Karl’s rig - his lefty Schecter bass, Fender amp, and BOSS effects.  Everything was ready to go, but Karl was gone.  I can’t believe it’s been 7 months already. In the months leading up to the discovery of Karl’s illness, we spent a considerable amount of time as a band working on a new song tentatively called It Doesn’t Have To Be.  We were also in, what I like to call, the “train wreck” phase of a song called Over Me.  During this period, I emailed Karl the rough demos I created while working on the melodies and lyrics for the songs.  In turn, Karl sent back versions with his bass parts overdubbed on top of my raggedy guitar parts, dodgy singing and lyrics that seemed to be in a constant state of flux.  BUT, with his bass added, the songs seemed more complete and well…song like.  We were making progress.

As his health deteriorated further, Karl emailed me an audio file unassumingly called song2.  It had an undeniable vibe to it and I knew it was the beginning of a great song.  I overdubbed some guitar parts and sent it back, to which he replied, “oooh that was policey, love it :D.”  Yep, Karl got it.  He always did.

Karl started chemo around this time and it was hard on him - physically and emotionally.  One day, he emailed that he had gotten some “new blood” and hoped to flesh out the chorus for song2.  Sadly, he never got the time.

In the short month or two leading up to his death, I listened to these songs over and over again, always thinking Karl was going to beat cancer and we would pick up where we left off.  I still needed to finish lyrics, but I couldn’t bring myself to put pen to paper.  Unconsciously, I probably knew.

So when Karl passed, I tried to let the songs go.  They weren’t the songs I had come to love without his bass playing.  But still, I knew he had recorded his bass parts, and I secretly hoped Nick and I could somehow finish the songs.

I eventually asked Derrick if he would poke around on Karl’s laptop to see if his raw bass tracks were there.  The mp3s I had were just too rough use, thanks to the “demo” nature of my parts and the programmed drums.  Unfortunately, Derrick’s searches turned up nothing based on the song titles I knew.

Still hopeful, Derrick and I got together a few weeks ago and began to pour over Karl’s computer.  There were easily a hundred or more different songs on his hard drive.  None of the names were familiar to me, but I opened up the most likely candidates.  song2, policey, demo1, demo1a, demo2, demO, idea1, never, and new.  None of them were OUR songs.  But then I got lucky - 02 Audio Track-1, 03 Audio Track-6 and 04 Audio Track-1 turned out to be the bass parts for Over Me!  Perhaps not wanting me to camp out all night, Derrick let me take Karl’s laptop home to continue the search.

Within two or three hours of getting home, I discovered that 02 Audio Track-6 and Has2Be were the bass tracks for It Doesn’t Have To Be.  And the project named complexities contained the individual bass tracks for song2.

So what does this all mean?

I now have in my possession all the bass tracks Karl recorded for three new King Never songs…and Nick and I plan to finish them. We will finish them as a duo, honoring Karl’s substantial contribution to the band.

We hope you’ll stay tuned as we bring these songs to light.

Matt

 

RIP Karl Lane

If you've been following our Facebook or Twitter feed, you've already heard the terrible news.  For those of you that haven't heard, I am sad to say that our bassist and friend Karl lost his fight with cancer on August 11, 2014.  His passing leaves a huge emptiness in the band. Karl's obituary can be read here.