Opening the door
Written originally in 2014 –
Me and Gary met about 3 years ago playing in a band called ‘The Reclusive Barclay Brothers’ along with vocalist Hannah Cotterill. After a few rehearsals with the band myself and Gary stumbled across a mutual appreciation.. Genesis! That dirty word prog… you know, that word that makes people raise an eyebrow and the pitch of their voice ascends an octave ‘prog?’ Notice the question mark.
Whilst playing with the Barclays we decided to meet up separately and begin having a bit of prog fun. Our very first recording was a masterpiece called ‘TGOM’ Abbreviated from the sensibly named ‘The Gates of Morpheus’. Hearing that little ditty today is akin to a 2 year olds finger painting, the potential is there but some experience is required.. A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. One day we may well publish that track as a bit of fun, but it has the potential to turn away the interest we have generated so far. It’s that good..
It was during this time that we first wrote ‘Home Sweet Home’ – our most re-recorded song so far, 4 versions up until now. The latest making it onto our first album Pandora.. We learnt a lot from this song. Restraint, arrangement, melody and most of all; what we actually sound like. After laying down an initial vocal (in version 2) we invited Hannah Cotterill to join us and partake in some vocal stylings to add some authenticity to what we were trying to achieve. Either way you looked at it, me and Gary just couldn’t sing at the time and Hannah did a great job bringing the song to life. So good that we got her back on board to perform songs on our album 2 years later.
What’s the point of this blog? To draw a line in the sand. We have honed our skills for 3 years and 12 months ago decided to write an album that we would be proud to listen to and to show our friends and family. Now this has been achieved we have realised that there is much more to be done with this work, we could let it become one additional piece of musical dead-stock, or we could actually try and find the people who will actually enjoy it as much as we do. Time to open the door..