And here we are! Me & Juffi were dropped off to Hämeenlinna with our gear by Pexi, which was nice. Janne was waiting at the studio to welcome us and show us how to work the new pinball machine (Royal Rumble baby!). Some quick catching up and working out the schedules before it was time for Janne to go home and for Pexi to head back to Helsinki. And for me and Julf to start setting up the gear for tomorrow. He's in the recording room right now, stretching out new skins for the drums, so that beautiful Pearl Reference kit of his is ready for work first thing tomorrow morning.
My role here (other than being the neurotic bandleader who has to be present for every step of the way) is to play along with Juffi when recording the drums, to get at least a little of that jamming/live feel for the takes. Our goal is to get 4-5 tracks done per day, meaning the drums will all be done in three days. But let's see how much hassle tomorrow will bring with the miking, sound searching etc.
On our way here we discussed a little bit about our "A and B lists" of songs, meaning tracks we are 100% sure that will end up on the album, and tunes that might not make it on there. We honestly have no idea yet what the final track list is gonna look like, which actually makes this pretty exciting...
Ok, back to setting up gear. We'll get Juffi up here tomorrow to give you a rundown on day one.