Terry (Date) had just finished up Dredg’s Catch Without Arms record before he started working on Hours.
We’d moved from Studio X to studio Litho (owned by Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam) just outside of the city where we were gearing up to work on some guitars and vocals. I remember Terry playing a bunch of Dredg stuff for us, we were all fans of the band after watching them a few years earlier at Camber Sands as part of the Kerrang! Weekender and were excited to hear the record Terry had produced.
Terry told me how he made Gavin (Dredg’s vocalist) sing out on the roof of the studio and I remember thinking how cool that was (little did I know he’d push me to do similar ‘off the wall’ stuff to get the best performances out of me for our record). Anyway, I recall Bug Eyes sticking in my head for weeks while we recorded. Just the tone of the song and Gavin’s voice really captivated me. I listened to it like a mantra, sometimes songs just affect you in a certain way and Bug Eyes was an inspiration
I’ve just spent 10 minutes going through my iTunes finally listening to this song for the first time in years while i’m waiting for a cake to bake and it’s still damn good.
Hard to believe that this song, like Hours, is almost 10 years old. Crazy.
Decided to scrap a bunch of stuff off my iPod last night and found these 4 songs I recorded back in 2010.
Kinda weird but I’d forgotten all about them and hearing them with fresh ears was pretty cool.
Two of the four songs were written just after Impressionist Road Map of the West (late 2007) and the others were written just days before I went to record with my friend Drew (hence the difference in vibe and sound, I did a Husker Du cover).
It’s just me howling and playing guitar. Fun.
Think I’m gonna put these out soon.
(Also if you’re the person in the photo that I took in Manchester while on tour with The Excerts let me know as i’d like to credit you somehow:))