Grafters… Album is out 22/08/17

Life is really very good at the moment, there is just so much going on! As you probably know I’m getting married to my lovely Ellie a week tomorrow so it’s all hands on deck in regards to that! Really excited about it! Of course we will be going on our honey moon straight after so we have been cramming in as much 5th Order work as possible before the fortnight off.

We had two really great practice sessions this week, we are really starting to make progress now. The previous sessions have been more about getting used to playing to the click tracks and actually getting the songs learnt. We have that more or less smashed now so we are starting to get our groove on and are beginning to enjoy playing the songs much more. Can you believe we have over half the album rehearsed now! My particular favourite to play at the moment is ‘Motion Owl’, you can really put some passion into the song whilst performing it, as a band we are loving it. This week we started a couple of new ones such as Chris’s ‘Doubt it’, a great, dark number that really is a beast to play. I think Chris is happy to finally get a go at singing something of his own. Rehearsing is so enjoyable now, as soon a we finish a song there is a resounding “Fuck yeah” from each of us. Morale is definitely up this week, we feel that we are really growing as musicians, the tightness is scary as Dave says!

We are close to the online release of our album ‘Motion Owl’! It will go live on all major online music services such as Itunes, Amazon, Google play, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and so on. We would really appreciate your support, we need as much online traffic as we can to really get a buzz going! For you streamers, we wouls be very grateful if you could leave us a review of the album once it’s out and same goes for our current release ‘Fairy Lights in Summer’.

I’ll drop in next week just before the big day!

Peace man!

Joey x

Tight as ffff…

Rehearsals are going so well! We are used to playing to a click track now so we are playing very tight! It feels so good to be playing in a band again! Although it’s taken me and Chris sometime to get used to Dave’s stupidly loud drumming! It’s so lovely and quiet on stage when playing as Last Stand so we aren’t used to the bang and crash of Drummer Dave. When we turned up for our first rehearsal and had setup, the very first time dave hit his snare Chris said “I’m pissed off already, it’s too loud!”. We are not Rock n Roll at all are we?! We have suggested many ways to solves this problem, such as rolled up newspaper for drum sticks, rubber cymbals and Dave playing in an entirely different room all together. In ear monitoring is the way forward, back to peaceful bliss.

I’ve been asked many times, will 5th Order gig? The answer is, we hope so! When we are fully rehearsed and ready we will rock it. We cannot wait for this! Another question is “Will Last Stand stop gigging?” and the answer is no! Last Stand is so good and we love it, it’s our lively hood too, pays the mortgage etc. 5th Order shows will work around Last Stand until ‘If’ shit gets serious, then things may change.

We are on a jolly boys outing next week for my Stag do, all day on the mild down Notts. No bloody nightclubs or tying me up to a lamp post naked thank you! Nice and civil please boys! Again, so rock n roll hey!

I’m sure there will be lots of pictures posted on our page so keep an eye out.

Right, I’m off to get ready, local show at the Bentink in Kirkby tonight with Last Stand. Come and join us, we shall be rocking it up a bit!

In a bit ducks,

Joey x

ps… A quick shout to Yusten, The Music Guru, your copy of the album is on it’s way to you!

The 5th Order Studio Experience.

Another gloomy morning in ‘darkest’ Nottinghamshire – it’s nearly July apparently! Ah but the rain will not deter me from telling you about our studio time for the album ‘Motion Owl’. So, with the curtains still drawn, still tucked up in bed with a shih tzu across my legs, we begin.

Having nailed down the ultimate compromise with the Mrs regarding the choice of our new laptop (Macbook Pro; Superb for producing music and she thinks it looks pretty) We had the basis of our recording studio. It’s a simple studio set up, but does the job and leaves just enough room on my desk for a coaster and the biscuit barrel (for when Chris comes round).

Let work commence! We had 13 or so songs written and ready to go so we recorded basic demo’s of each of them, listened to them a heck of a lot to try and get an idea of where they would go or where they wouldn’t. Two of the songs didn’t make it sadly. They just didn’t cut it. Thats how writing goes though, for every good few songs you write you also write some right old shite! I must say though that the two ‘dead’ songs have been recycled into another great song for the *cough* second album maybe baby?

The demo’s that had survived were then used as guides for the actual recordings of the songs, for endless overdubbing, chopping and changing. I find that recording and mixing vocals is the hardest part of any project, many would probably agree. Getting vocal to sit in the right place in the mix is a delicate balancing act. I got it wrong a lot of the time and it was up to Chris to moan at me repeatedly “that lead vocal is ripping my face off!”.

On the subject of recording vocal… Myself and Chris had finished all of the recording parts and had drummer Dave round to have a listen to the first draft of the mixes. “Dave, I’ve heard you sing, why don’t you sing a few lines on that last song?” Asked Chris. Oh the beauty that unfolded from there! Dave is a master at singing – but only when he’s taking the piss. It’s strange, you whack Michael Jackson on and he will sing like a bird, all the lyrics, phrasing and pitching is perfect. Now, chuck him in front of a microphone and it all goes tits up. Fucking hell, me and Chris were listening from the ‘control room’ and could not contain ourselves. The combination of Dave’s over emotive singing face and the Tarzan like notes coming out of his gob were too much for us! On dave’s vocal track, the recorder picked up a tiny squeal in the background of Chris absolutely howling ‘ooooohhh maa ribs’. I know, I know it sounds like me and Chris are horrible bully’s but we are all mates and good mates take the piss don’t they? Thats what they are for, right? Dave finished his nine hundred takes and walked back into the room as we were still wiping the happy tears from our eyes. Needless to say I left Dave’s vocal on the track, it’s extremely low and you’ll need bat ears to hear it, but it is there.

Chris loved playing with our little midi keyboard, you can play and record any sound you can think of. From the standard piano to a cat in a washing machine, literally anything goes. When it came to the production of our songs, the midi keyboard would always push the biscuit barrel out of it’s place, and would have Chris hammering away at the keys over and over and over until he got the sound he wanted and until he could actually play the little ditty he had in mind. His little ditties on Kids and Rising up are amazing, they make the songs! Getting there though was a long and frustrating process, to the point of wanting to chuck said keyboard out the fucking window. If either of us were to hit one more wrong note and have to do another take it would have been good night Vienna.

Mixing the album was a long slog, the hardest part. Three of us sat in the studio trying to make sense of all these sounds (cat in a washing machine) flying at us. We must have done about four different mixes of each song until we got them right. The biggest difficulty is getting a great sounding studio mix to translate well to say a car stereo or headphones, it’s all a compromise I guess.

So theres a little insight into our enjoyable, frustrating and overall productive time in the studio. The Official release for the album will be sometime in August (will confirm).

To see Dave doing his superb MJ impersonation, got to our Facebook page and give it a like! Click HERE!

I’ll drop in same time next week,

Joey x