Saturday August 1st, and at
this point, a large part of the album has already been completed.
So we pick up the story as it's time to make a major decision
- should I attempt to do all the vocals
for the fourth track 'Identity Theft'? It's a
no-brainer for most people - they seem to be quite
happy to put themselves forward as singers. Backing vocals are
one thing (you get to hide behind everything else)
however, I've never done the lead before...
After a few nervous
attempts that were swiftly deleted, I realised it was
time to pull the old socks up. To quote Gok Wan,
"it's all about the confidence..." So, safety
net disengaged and fuelled by tea, I threw caution to
the winds in my own special way.
But there was still
something missing... the track really needed a cool
bass. Something louche and plummy was definitely required.
I immediately thought of my old friend Glenn Tollett,
who was also my predecessor in The Enid. He's a bit
of a dab hand in the lower registers (and a pretty phenomenal
pianist as well), so I gave him a call. He foolishly
agreed to lend his talents - so on Tuesday August 11th,
Dick & I travel down to Glenn's own
studio in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. There
is an air of tense anticipation as we arrive - Glenn's
oldest son Alex is taking his driving test today! We
leave him to thumb nervously through the Highway Code
and get swiftly down to work. The room acoustics are
perfectly suited to the upright bass, and the finished
results have really brought
the track alive. So at the end of a successful
day, what better way is there to celebrate than with
a slap-up feed at the local Thai restaurant? Huge thanks to Glenn not only
for his contribution, but also for letting us use his studio
for the day - and thanks too to Barbara for not
flinching as we commandeered their newly redecorated
house in order to
shoot scenes for the 'Identity Theft' video!
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