It struck me that it’s been a really long time since I last wrote a blog post. Especially one giving an update on our album process, and what we’re currently doing.
Right now has been a really busy time for Picture Atlantic….behind the scenes. It’s not so exciting on paper, but we’ve been spending a lot of time demoing new songs for our record, recording a couple singles (out soon), and putting together the overall feel of the album. This is something we can’t really share too much of, only because it would be intensely boring, and also because we want to keep some things a surprise.
At the same time, we’ve put off shows for a little bit so we can focus on writing. We often have to make the choice between using practice to prep for shows, or to write. This time we are opting to use all our practice times to write. It’s a hard decision to make, because undeniably, it means we drop from the radar a little when we don’t get on the road and play around. Considering that our last album came out two years ago, we think it’s well worth the lack of shows to get this album out faster to you all.
However, this has been a lot easier as we’ve more or less moved into our old studio, Red Rock Recording. Some of you may remember that we recorded our album Dulce Et Decorum Est at Red Rock Recording back in 2010. It feels like a homecoming of sorts. In fact we’ll be doing a live stream of our time in the studio doing demos this Friday the 15th. Keep your eyes peeled for that.
As I mentioned, we’ll be releasing a brand new single soon. We’ve already finished it, it just needs to be mixed, and we’re good to go. It’s an oldie with a new twist, followed by a brand new song from our upcoming album. Stay tuned for when that will drop.
One cool development we have to share, is that we have signed with Audiosocket, which is a music syncing and placement company. Essentially they will help us get our music placed in TV, movies, and straight to DVD Kevin Federline movie trailers. We’re stoked to be working with them, and we look forward to what the relationship will bring us.
And lastly, we are updating and more or less polishing our online presence. Ryan made us a new website, and we’re getting all kinds of cool things in line for what happens with PA on the internet. If you want to find out more about what we have going on, we highly recommend you sign up for our mailing list. Facebook is becoming less, and less of a reliable way to follow bands you like, so why not come straight to the source? Emails will be tastefully scheduled (so no one gets spammed) and it will save you the hunt of finding out what we are up to. It lands in your inbox, and that’s it! You can sign up here if you are interested.
So with that, I bid you farewell until next blog post. Thank you to everyone, and for all your support and faith! We hope to have some new tunes for you very soon.
-Nik, Ryan, and Daniel
I wanted to update you on what’s going on in the PA world:
As I type this, Nik has just finished his vocals on a new single we are releasing this month. We have an “ideal” release date in mind but we’ll see how it goes. But I think you’re going to be happy with the song choice.
We’re planning on releasing another single in October so this new music is hitting your ears before we finish the new collection of songs. By my calculations we’re at:
11 songs “done” (ready to go into the studio and record)
11 songs “in progress” (we need to finish these)
So that’s 22 songs in consideration for our 3rd album. There’s definitely some I know will make the cut and some that aren’t as developed yet that I know could be among the best.
In the past we’ve only ever finished recording the songs that have appeared on our albums, but we’ve always wanted to do more. We love that b-sides and one-off tracks can sometimes become your favorites (Bloc Party and Coldplay have some incredible, lesser known songs) so we want to put out a lot of music within the next 12 months.
More updates to come. If you want us to blog about anything specific, let us know!
August 15th we will be living streaming our demo session at Red Rock Studios in Mountain View, CA. We’ll give you a tiny sneak peek of what we’ve recording for the new album. Link and time coming soon, but save the date.