Update: worked hard all week, especially Ian, and got all the vocals nailed. The songs are about 95% there. It's so exciting, and It's amazing how a vocal here or there can elevate a song to a whole different level and place. It's been hard, obviously because there's been so many versions of the songs and Ians been doing lyrics and vocals for almost 2 years, so I am sure he feels a sense of relief and achievement with the awesome songs he wrote. Well done buddy. Stu and our buddy Justin, have been absolutely amazing steering the ship, and when this record is finished and out, I am sure that people are gonna be blown away with the quality of their production. I hope that people can relate to our vision. It's almost as though this album is going to be the first Lostprophets record since the first one we made ourselves, and if people don't like it, well, I guess they don't like us. Because this is the most honest representation of our band, completely done by us without any outside interference. lostprophets music done entirely by lostprophets, how novel haha! Hopefully it will change the way we make records in the future. I'm sure it will. Saying all that of course, is not to take anything at all away from our previous records. I still think they are amazing, but of course doing a record with a producer is a collaboration and both parties personality will come through. this time it's pure. and it's us.... which of course is interesting, because if people don't like it then it begs the question did they ever really like us? But to be honest, without sounding presumptuous, I think the album is sounding wicked and really one the most proud things I have had the chance to be involved with. And I have no doubt there will be others out there that share our likes and dislikes and will be able to enjoy what we have producing here.
So, I get another stab at keyboards next week now that I have vocals there to work in and around. Looking into the mix now and the logistics of that. fingers crossed, it's all plain sailing from here on in until the release. It's hard not to be too vocally proud of what we've worked so hard to do, especially in the light of getting to the finish line once already and taking the BIIIGG Ballsy move of redoing the whole thing. With 20/20 hindsight, most definitely the best decision we have ever made.
Keep you posted.