Because we shouldn’t be the only one to enjoy them:
We’ve just added a few new shows! January 19th we’re playing our first show at Mill City Nights, and January 25th at Acadia Café with our friends The Lost Wheels and Parachute Empire, two local Minneapolis bands we’ve bonded with (deeply. We all agree it’s creepy).
And after much pain and suffering I have finally finished vocals to our upcoming EP. Rick has a friend finalizing the art, I’m finalizing the mixes and post production. Soon, we’ll have our first product on hand that really represents the direction the band is taking. Rick and I couldn’t be happier. WE’RE SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO HEAR IT. Ugh. Seriously. Can’t wait.
So look forward to shows and new music!
The Last Gold Leaf
Source: We've just added a few new shows!
Just in: Finally confirmed that we’ll be playing with Frontier Ruckus at the Turf Club in St. Paul on the 30th of November. Check out our show page for the details. Check out this page with a video of Frontier Ruckus:
It’ll be our first show at the Turf Club, and we’re excited to show everyone some new arrangements of our material and a bit of a different sound. Can’t wait to see everyone there!
The Last Gold Leaf
This last Sunday, Rick and I got to play our first show since I got hurt. It was sort of a little victory for me and it was a lot of fun! We made some new friends: Chris whose project is called KOZ9, and Pete and Chase from Lakeside Houdini’s. Pete and Chase invited Rick and I to a game of pool, and it turns out we’re all pretty terrible at it! We had fun anyway. It was a good show.
But, I got around to “editing” (translation: “chopping”) another video, and thought I’d put it up for you guys to see.
Once again, in anticipation of our show on Sunday, here’s a new original song we have yet to play live, a sneak peek into the new material we’ve got for you. It’s called “Addiction”. Enjoy!
Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been so long. One of the lessons we continue to learn is that “healing takes time”. We haven’t been idle during that time. Nikki from NWCT in Crystal, MN works for a public tv station and they asked us if we’d like to put on a short free show for them. Of course we agreed (and thanks to them for the video and the opportunity!). It goes without saying that we had a blast. Check out some footage they let us have:
You should come and see us at our show Sept 15th at Big V’s in St Paul. For more details, click here.
Sorry it took us so long to post some new material. I learned this song a few weeks back for a buddy of mine’s wedding. He encouraged us to post a video of it, so I grabbed Rick, a few cameras, mics, and after numerous technical issues we got this video up!
Maybe if you ask real nice, Rick will post some outtakes from our recording fiasco.
All the technical issues we had lets me know that it might be time to upgrade some of my equipment.
I have finally begun good enough to begin recording vocals again. Currently I have all the vocals to a whole song recorded. My voice requires rest in between sessions to recharge (I shouldn’t have made these songs so hard to sing). But there is now officially progress being made. I have proof:
See? I swear this photo isn’t staged. Rick and I are also working on a multimedia surprise with a recording off of Campfire Pop. We just kinda need warm sunny weather (and a few days off from work) to get it done.
Hang in there. We’ll show you the fruits of our labor soon.
Although I (Derrick Keith) am down-and-out in a few ways, we haven’t stopped working on this current EP. Our good friend and music conspirator, Lou Hill dropped by our studio and we had the privilege to work with him.
Lou is the kind of guy that is so talented and creative sometimes it’s overwhelming thinking of ways to apply his talent. On our EP he’s adding elements of organ, piano, and rhodes. This is a small sampling of the things he’s capable of doing. I grew up going to church with this swingin’ cat, and Lou plays drums, bass, piano and organ. His talent doesn’t stop there though as Lou actually has his doctorate in Human and Computer Interaction, which I’m fairly certain equates to being a wizard with computers and programming.
Example: I saw this guy for his thesis put on a light and video show driven only by music he played. He turned music into interactive sound and light. He’s Gepetto and the wishing star in human form. I’m privileged to know him and we’re blessed to have him on the album. Check the photo and if you wanted, his personal site: elchill.com.
we’re going to have to delay the release of our winter/spring EP.
i’ve been having trouble singing for about the past six months. we essentially have everything recorded (with the help of our incredible collaborators) and i sat down about a week ago to begin tracking vocals after giving my voice about a 5 week rest. i was unsuccessful at tracking anything i felt like i could use. after about an hour of struggling and on the verge of once again loosing my voice i went to see a specialist this past week that referred me to specialist for vocalists. they looked at my vocal cords and have found stiff areas that appear to be scar tissue. i’ll be seeing a speech therapist first and working on exercises (essentially physical therapy) to help break down the scar tissue. after that, i’ll be working with a vocal coach to regain the control and strength i’ve lost in those six months of destroying my voice. we’re pretty bummed. i’m really bummed. as now we’re sitting on a complete project that we can’t release.
our plan is to start the next batch of songs…
what we’re going to do about it: fortunately we have no lack of material and all the recording and production up until this point, we’ve done ourselves. our plan is to start the next batch of songs, doing pre-production and begin tracking them in the meantime. We could essentially work them to a point where they could be simply waiting on vocals like these current tracks are and we could release the EPs separately or as a shorter album, or if we have enough material maybe we’ll get ambitious and release it as an album. we’re also brain-storming ideas on how to keep the music flowing, and how to keep you guys engaged musically because as enthralled as you are with our blog posts, you’d likely appreciate more music on the table. we would too.
devin won’t be joining us on bass anymore.
we also wanted to mention that devin won’t be joining us on bass anymore. this is probably for the best as he’s going to go back to school and has a myriad of other things vying for attention. but he’ll be missed. devin is a really talented musician, a funny guy, and a good friend. we’ll see him again. you might even see him again on one of our tracks, who knows.
we are looking to find someone that will contribute creatively to the band.
on that note, we are looking to find someone that will contribute creatively to the band. obviously most urgently on bass, but we’ve been looking for a guitarist/vocalist for some time. hopefully by now you’ve caught on to the collective theme we have as a band, and the more voices we have the better chance we have of reaching that goal. just let us know via the contact link on the site.
sorry for the long update. we just wanted to share everything so you know we’re still here! as always, let us know how we’re doing, drop us a note, say hi, let us know you’re listening, what you think of the music, the site, the pictures, or even just you.