To celebrate the end of the year, or commiserate, or something, Powertool records have put out a Christmas compilation this year - and we're on it! Matt's track "All the Angels Sang" is track 4 on the compilation disc (how old fashioned!) or download.
So there's been some Doubtful action in the last couple of months I forgot to catalogue here.
Last month, I was up in Auckland and able to practice with the rest of the band (who are now practicing regularly, lucky them), and also was photographed trying to sing "50 Million Elvis Fans" in the middle of the city.
Then a week or so ago, we played at the Dogs Bollix. Interesting because I hadn't had much of a chance to practice, and we weren't sure who was doing what. But fun nonetheless.
Early last month, the Doubtful Sounds played support for the Bats (wow!) at the Leigh Sawmill. Matt's friend Malcolm was kind enough to video us playing - and here's the first one, Saturday Night, fittingly about another Bats gig many years ago:
Late last month, Matt & I went in to Depot Sound in Devonport to try recording in a real studio (rather than our front rooms or basements). There are some pictures up on the Doubtful Sounds Blog. So far, it seems to have gone well, but of course we've yet to hear the mixes.
Certainly having to nail eight or ten songs in a couple of days with a clock ticking is a very different experience to recording a single song over however many evenings it takes. I guess one advantage is simply that booking a studio forces us to try and record stuff.
How much better the recordings are compared with what we can do at home - what's a good balance between working at home vs in the studio - are things we still have to figure out.