Day One: Monday 23 May 2005
A new album, a new place, a new situation, a new label. As always when starting a new album, all the hopes and fears are there in the pit of your stomach. I have acquired a Chapel in North Wales and have decided to record the new ‘Alarm’ album within it’s walls. Day one is not really day one but this is where it all begins with the preparation. Martin Wilding and myself meet for a cup of tea to go over the process. The problem is we haven’t really got a specific plan as such, so much of the morning is spent going from room to room and saying to each other “What if……”. Martin had tried out one of the back rooms with a drummer friend of his to see if the drums would sound good. His feelings are that it is not bad but not great either. One of our main problems with the drum kit placement is the fact that the main room is huge and this will mean that we will have to do a lot of work to dampen down the reverberation. We decide to give the drums a go in the main room and see what happens. I came up with the idea of buying a ‘Gazebo’ from a garden centre to place over the kit and then hang all the old touring back drops on the top and hang drapes around the side. We managed to acquire a ‘Gazebo’ from Argos… and guess what it worked a treat. We also got some acoustic boards from another friend of ours and by the end of the day we had a space that we felt would be great for the kind of drum kit sound we wanted to achieve.