Monday, June 17, 2019

The live band where it supposed to be

Photo by Carro Pettersson
Last Saturday we finished up our round of spring live dates in Ludvika at Open Stage Grand Finale Festival. Awesome way to round it all up, at this beautiful venue with the outdoor stage right by the water, add perfect sunny weather and that we did one of our best performances to date. It was really great taking the material live on stage and put it through the three-piece live jam machinery for a couple of gigs. Had a super-blast doing our little round with our friends in Blackribbon in the beginning of May, I go way back with every band member of the band that is led by my brother and pre 13 Chaos St side-kick and vocalist Jari. Loads of fun, as it was on our other live dates as well.

We’ve now, finally, reached our gig number 12 with the PM Saari Band and got the live performance, the jams and the chops pretty much where we want it. According to the original plan we were supposed to be here a year ago, but sometimes things takes time, and sometimes one’s just got to let things take its time.

Photo by Carro Pettersson

Next thing the focus will be on recovering my pretty beaten voice for a couple of days to be able to start recording vocals. I was supposed to do that in between the live dates but that was impossible since I pretty much wore my voice out every turn on the road. The thing is that it's not the singing but the talking that wears your voice out and when we were out I talked constantly 24/7. I guess that's what happens when you're out on the road with your best pals in your band, and add the dates with your best pals in the other band you're out with. Great times, loads of fun and impossible to shut up, but paying for it now.

Then I suppose the lack of sleep the last month, or three, probably has taken its toll on my voice as well. Was five days hanging with former Lizard Eye drummer Ralph RydĂ©n and some friends down at the Sweden Rock Festival two weeks ago and the fact that I became a father for the third time a month ago, a new baby at home doesn’t exactly add to your sleeping hours. But it’s all cool, realising that I’m starting to get a little bit of hang of the singing and vocal things, like the last gig worked pretty well vocal-wise despite a cold and a pretty badly beaten throat and voice.

Photo by my right hand

'But now I’ll give my voice some rest for a couple of days, or whatever it takes, before starting to record my vocals and get some new stuff finished and then out. Need to have some level of clarity in my voice to nail the vocal tracks. After summer, or at the end of it, we’ll be back with a whole new setlist, including new songs, and we have some new real exciting live plans in the planning, and then all the releases that are being recorded.

/ PM