In November last year, my old thirst band mate and friend Chris Perrin, approached me about a project he was planning;
The master plan
Starting in January, Chris wanted to release a single on the first day of every month of the year. Each single would have four tracks and would follow the classic theme of ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’.
None of the songs had been chosen or recorded. Some of the music wasn’t even written but the idea was to go with the flow and record what felt right for that moment (This part has been exciting and challenging in equal measure).
Chris works full time and has a young family but he wanted to deliver these four songs a month, on CD, to the lovely people who would sign up to his ‘Yearbook Sessions’, for just a £1 per release.
It sounded so bloody crazy I couldn’t say no.
A journey begins with a single step
We got started on the first single, tracking loud stuff at Chris’s house with help from Steve Marsh (thirst, E.M.F) on bass and Steve Duffy (X-Factor eye candy) on drums.
Once the tracks were ready (or we ran out of time) I started mixing from the comfort of my box room.
Mixes OK? Print and press the CDs, hand them over to the Royal Mail.
Over half way…
It’s now almost July and we’re about to deliver our seventh batch of tracks to the subscribers.
Are we tired? Yes, a bit. Are we bored? Hell, no.
What’s more daunting is, when we eventually finish the December release, what mad plan will Chris come up with next?
For more information check out the Race Car Heart ‘Yearbook Sessions’ page: http://www.racecarhearts.com/#!yearbook-sessions/cqhz