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Our Digital Duty

The EP

Some hot news for you: Rusted Hero’s self-titled EP is up and available for digital purchase on a million sites!! We’re here on CD Baby and, thanks to them, we’re also on iTunes (now) and Amazon.com (soon). The whole album is about $7 and is fucking awesome! I know you’ll love it.

Oh, and if you want the physical version, we’ll be selling these babies at our CD release party 11pm on November 18th at The Delancey. Including the EP, we should have some shirts and FREE whiskey drinks for the full hour leading up to our set. I’m super excited … so beware. NOTE: This will be hot!

UPDATE: We’ve got a cool little contest going. The first 5 people to review our EP on iTunes will get a free copy of the actual CD! Email band@rustedhero.com after leaving your review and we will send out the CD as soon as we get them!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Now we’re on Amazon.com!

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Birth Of A Hero: Part 4

Bad asses

© 2010 Honora K.

Man, I’ve really got to get these Rusted Hero updates out the door. These updates are nearing two months old already!

Sunday, August 15

Day 2: Overdubs, vocals, Dr. Pepper
– 10:49 AM Aug 15th @rustedhero

We started day 2 slightly earlier than day 1 as everything was already set up for us. On the agenda was to overdub the guitars to thicken out the sounds of all songs and to finish all of Matt’s vocals. It seemed relatively easy in theory, but I would soon find out how fast time flies when the spotlight’s on you.

My first mission was to set up a new amp for this day’s recording. For the previous day’s live, full band recordings I used an amp that had less distortion. This was due to the fact that I wouldn’t have time to switch out amps and sounds for each song and since each tune has slightly different requirements as far as heavy and light guitar sounds I just chose a middle-of-the-road approach. For overdubs, however, I’d be dialing in either super heavy distortions, crystal clean tones, or atmospheric effects.

The Dr. Pepper reference is about Adrien who consumed something like 5 or 6 Diet Dr. Peppers during the previous session and was whacked out of his mind by the end of the night. While Matt had been “laying down some tasty pipes,” Adrien was kicking, jumping and singing risque, alternate lyrics in the control room to hilarious effect!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YI0UUazkU&feature=fvsr http://fb.me/xyabKevO
– 11:24 AM Aug 15th @rustedhero

I set about recording guitars to all of the songs in the same order that we had recorded them the first day. For “Beg” and “Haunt Me Still” I went with the default distortion from the new amp I was using (can’t remember what it was … but it was some old beast from the 70’s). I also convinced the co-engineer to bring in his exhaustive guitar pedal collection and added a watery, phased tone for the dream-like bridge to “Haunt Me Still.”

Meanwhile, Adrien was being the social media maven that he naturally is out in the hangout room. He set up Rusted Hero on six or seven social media sites and was keeping up the live-tweeting. Here, he sends a link to a YouTube video he was enjoying.

Stan’s laying down some more guitar tracks. You know what time it is…
– 12:03 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

“Shine On You” is the closer to our gigs as well as the demo CD, but it was actually recorded second (after “Beg”). I used the same distortion for “Shine On You” as I did for “Beg” (and would for “Haunt Me Still”) and luckily knocked out the solo in only two takes. I have been playing the song since 2003, though …

The “you know what time it is” reference is to a Flight of the Conchord’s skit entitled “Business Time” that Matt and Adrien turned me on to. Emphasis on the words “turned me on!!!!”

I posted 6 photos on Facebook in the album “Recording. Aug 13-15, 2010” http://fb.me/Eu1Ma3ug
– 12:51 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

“Lit Up, Let Down” is a song of ours that has a very different beginning – the chords, melody and lyrics are the same as the chorus but everything is slower and clean. So, I had to do a couple takes for this one to handle everything. I had constructed the solo to be a blistering run a la Jimmy Page mixed with the melody of Slash (high hopes, indeed) and I hadn’t really been practicing it in rehearsal (or anywhere else for that matter). So it took me several takes before I was happy to get through this one.

Outside, Adrien began posting pics up to our Facebook page.

Holy crap…Stan just laid down the solo for “It’s a Trap”. BLAZING!
– 1:34 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

For “It’s A Trap!” I wanted the dirtiest guitar tone we could muster. Ryan, the assistant engineer, concocted this really distorted, clunky sound that also would clip when pushed to the extreme. I liked it! I was getting into the recording groove at this point – I was knocking take after take out on the first try and probably pulled off the ad-libbed solo to this tune in 2 takes.

Adrien actually lived in Albany for a long portion of his life and had a few friends visit this day. My plan for the session was to get all of my overdubs recorded as fast as possible to give as much time to the vocals that we could get. Unfortunately, this meant I didn’t really get to meet or interact with any of the visitors. At one point during my overdubs Adrien came in with two guys, they looked at me for a while (I was in mid-recording with headphones) and then left. I wonder who they turned out to be …

Just uploaded a video from the past couple days of recording! Check it out: http://bit.ly/aG3zmX
– 3:07 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

Here was the official posting of our recording session behind-the-scenes video. While I was recording guitar overdubs all day, Adrien had put together this five-minute montage from all of the video we shot. It turned out great.

I was finishing up the final two songs, “Safe In My Skin” and “Sun Kissed Sky.” Both were our slower, quieter songs so I just picked a nice sounding clean tone and knocked both out quickly. “Sun Kissed Sky” would need an acoustic track, as well, but that would have to be recorded in the vocal booth. Since it was nearing 5pm, however, (and I had originally planned on finishing at 4) I decided to wait until Matt had completed all the vocals before adding it.

Guitar tracks done. Matt’s in the booth belting out the vocals. Every layer added makes this sound even more… http://fb.me/FFjUpUyV
– 5:47 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

Matt set up shop in the vocals booth and started down the line of our songs again. He wasn’t too happy with his recordings from the previous night so he did several of those takes over and then added harmonies and doubles. It was a painstaking process and one that I tried not to get involved in. Instead, I went outside and just explored the area, I goofed around on the computer, and I just played the guitar for fun. The last thing I had wanted while doing my guitar overdubs was for people to be sitting and watching me so I wanted to give the same respect to Matt.

At one point, Matt took a break so I jumped into the vocal booth and did my background vocals and acoustic guitar in two takes. Both were quick as I knew exactly what I had wanted to do for the acoustic part and I was still in the zone while my vocals weren’t going to get any better with further takes.

I posted 2 photos on Facebook in the album “Recording. Aug 13-15, 2010” http://fb.me/Foi0IeYl
– 9:02 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

Around 9pm we had finished recording and started to pack up. John and Honora had to head out so we all did a group photo with Brett and Ryan (above). I made a quick statement that I’d be showing off my guns like Adrien was in his sleeveless shirt and suddenly that became the theme to the entire photo shoot. It was a funny way to officially end the weekend of recording. Oh, and then Adrien revealed his ass to the camera in the “outtake.” Unfortunately, that picture shall be kept from the public!

It’s a wraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap!
– 9:53 PM Aug 15th @rustedhero

I typed in the final tweet – words sung to the tune of “It’s A Trap!” Matt, Adrien and I packed up our stuff, grabbed the preliminary mix CDs that Brett had burned for us and headed out. We waited a good half hour before throwing one of the CDs in and listening to the fruits of our labor. Rusted Hero had been born!

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Birth Of A Hero: Part 3

The mixing room at North Sea Studios

© 2010 Adrien G.

Saturday, August 14

7:30am wake up call to “Elmo in Grouchland.” Our gracious host happens to have a 2-year old! Rock begins at 11 …
– 9:53 AM Aug 14th @rustedhero

I woke up with a hungover singer next to me on the pull out couch. The mattress was pretty thin so I was a little sore but the worst part is I had fallen asleep directly beside the air conditioning unit so I was frozen upon waking up. Still, I was actually rested and glad I hadn’t gone out to drink the night before. I was ready to rock!

Well … as ready as I could be at 7:30am! Amber, our host for the weekend, and her little daughter were up and watching a Sesame Street movie as three grumbling musicians (and weirdly morning-person, Adrien) slowly got up and shook the dust of sleep off. We split up into two cars – John and Honora would hit up Dunkin Donuts while Matt, Adrien and I drove to a Wal-Mart. I had forgotten to pack socks and desperately needed some. We also decided to stock up on some serious recording snacks while there.

Enjoying Adrien’s blistering set of beginner guitar songs as drum tech and engineer set up the recording room!
– 11:52 AM Aug 14th @rustedhero

Even with all of the shopping, we still beat Brett to the studios. We finally got inside at 11:30 and then just kind of hung around for a while as Brett, Ryan (assistant engineer), and the drum tech guy who’s name I forget set up the recording room. The band hudled around my computer watching funny YouTube clips, ate breakfast, and listened to Adrien playing my acoustic guitar. It was interesting that every song he played was a song that I had learned during my first year of guitar. Including “My Friends” – the first full song I learned!

Laying down the first tracks …
– 1:53 PM Aug 14th @rustedhero

The decision was made early on to record all seven of our songs with instruments live, so Adrien (bass), John (drums), and I (gut) set up shop in the recording room. Even though we had been playing for months, the songs felt alien to me as soon as Brett said “go” – I was a little intimidated and uncomfortable by the recording process. It was strange to focus so intensely on the songs – in practice, we’re trying to hear ourselves, rehearse the performance and have a good time. This was serious and we were making sure all of our parts were as perfect as we could get them.

We’d run a song until we felt we had a good take. “Beg” was the first song and took about 4 tries, followed by “Shine On You” which took about the same amount. By now, I was starting to settle into the process even though I was still a little uncomfortable. We decided to stay “heavy,” so “Haunt” and “It’s A Trap!” were next. They each took maybe 2 or 3 takes.

I’m sure Matt was pretty bored as he had to just chill in the hangout room for most of the morning, but there were times when we asked him to come into the studio and mime his parts. You notice a lot of things while recording that you take for granted when just practicing – for example, we take queues from each other at certain spots in songs and we were missing things without Matt being in the room.

Food break. We’ve got the live tracks to 4 songs in the can!
– 4:09 PM Aug 14th @rustedhero

With more than half of the songs in the can (instrumentally), we took a much needed feeding break. Ryan ran out and grabbed us all subs and we once again camped around the computer and talked music.

Live tracks for all 7 songs: DONE! Up next is punching in a few parts
– 6:34 PM Aug 14th @rustedhero

It’s inevitable. After a little while of being in the studio you hit “the zone” and start to just knock out tracks. It had taken us nearly four hours to go through the first four songs. When we returned to the recording room after lunch we breezed through the final three songs in two hours.

During the last few practices leading up to this weekend I had started to notice that my playing was very sloppy. I don’t mean that I was hitting wrong notes, but that I was starting to get a little wild physically. I was banging my hand around the guitar and had a few, small injuries. Realizing these injuries would only get worse with two straight days of playing, I concocted a plan to armor my fingers!

I found some tape in the studio and covered my thumb, pointer finger, middle finger, and edge of the palm on my right hand. It looked a little like the infamous Michael Jackson tape-job. After a while I realized I was over thinking things and took most of it off, but the damage was done. Little specks of the tape had come off and now coated my strings. This wasn’t a problem now but would come to haunt me on the second day of recording.

Ladies, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Matthew Jones is in the vocal booth!
– 8:13 PM Aug 14th @rustedhero

I actually don’t remember doing any overdubbing this night even though the tweet says so. Instead, Matt finally got into the separate vocal booth and started to record. Unfortunately, as a result of drinking and not sleeping well the previous night, he wasn’t totally up to his usual standards and started to get frustrated. We called it an early night around 10pm and headed out to a nearby diner. Then, Honora, John and Matt went home while Adrien and I went to see The Expendables: a ridiculous ending to an awesome day.

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Birth Of A Hero: Part 2

The North Sea Studios recording room

© 2010 Adrien G.

When last we left, two of our Heroes had arrived in Albany safe with musical equipment – but devoid of shelter! The other two would have to brave the working world for one more day. Would the band survive? Would the recording session even begin? Would Matt and Adrien ever leave their love nest that is the Albany Holiday Inn?

Here’s part two in this exciting series to answer some of these questions and raise just as many more!

Friday, August 13

Follow my band’s twitter account … I’ll be tweeting all the action from our recording session this weekend in Albany @rustedhero
– 1:03 AM Aug 13th @stanSyckes

Pretty early on I knew I wanted to live-tweet the entire weekend. Finally, I had something worthwhile to blab about on Twitter and I wasn’t going to let this opportunity escape me! Plus, this would give me something to do during the downtime as well as keep me inspired and motivated. Therefore, my laptop was a definite travel companion for this trip.

Another item that I tagged to come with us early on was a video camera. I wanted to capture a few, random candid moments throughout the recording and also wanted it in HD in case it ever went on YouTube. Luckily, John had one and brought it up.

Anyway, I’ll cut most of this boring day out as John and I worked a little and then made our separate ways up north. John drove up in his truck with fiancee, Honora, and our guitars while I took an Amtrak train. I have nothing interesting to report from my trip and it sounded like John’s was equally as uneventful. Meanwhile, Adrien was attending his father’s wedding while Matt slept all day (a common theme?).

Adrien picked me up from the nearby train station and we arrived at North Sea Studios at around 9pm. The building looked like a giant, run-down warehouse from outside but was pretty newly decorated upon entry. Walking in through the front door brought you directly into the hangout room – complete with two couches, a table and some lamps. We used this as our main headquarters while we weren’t recording. This room branched off into three exits – one to the mixing booth, one to the recording room, and one to a closed-off kitchen. There was also a small bathroom in the hall leading to the recording room. Everything had a half-finished, do-it-yourself charm as the studio was the weekend passion of Brett – our record engineer for the weekend and owner of North Sea Studios.

I got to talk to him while John – who had just arrived before me – was setting up his drum kit. Brett was a slightly older (than me) guy who dressed like an upper-middle class musician: basically looked like he just rolled out of bed and went to work, but managed to have really nice clothes on before he had fallen asleep. He was really easy-going and knowledgeable and didn’t seem to mind my complete lack of knowledge in the hardware department. After helping me try out a few amps and picking the one I liked we headed out.

Tonight we set up the gear and will be checking out the Albany nightlife. Tomorrow: demo recording begins!!!
– 12:12 AM Aug 14th @rustedhero

We drove to a local brewery where we met up with Amber, our innkeeper for the next couple of days, and pigged out. Afterward, we drove back to our room, passed around a bottle of whiskey and got ready to go out. Then, age struck! First, Adrien decided he was going to just grab some sleep as he had been running around all day and wanted to be fresh for the morning. Then, at the very last moment, I decided to bail too as I didn’t want to be hungover for the long day of recording ahead of us. So, I drove John, Matt and Honora to a nearby bar, headed home, and passed out.

The morning’s session was to start at 11am and, damn, that was approaching fast! I huddled under a tiny blanket on the pullout couch and tried my best to fall asleep.

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Birth Of A Hero: Part 1

A fisheye fly on the wall in North Sea Studios

© 2010 Adrien G.

Remember how last time I promised you all some actually interesting blog posts? Well, here they be!

Rusted Hero, my band of gentleman musicians, was essentially born two weekends ago. First we tripped up to Albany to record our 7-song demo album and then Tuesday the 17th we had our very first live performance at Otto’s Shrunken Head. It was an intense, exhausting and ultimately fulfilling couple of days but it took me a week away from it all to finally process everything.

Now that all of that nonsense is done, however, I’m going to shit it all out for you in a couple of awesome* posts (* validity of this adjective to-be-determined). We live-Tweeted the whole weekend so I’ll throw those in to sort of drive this narrative, but I’ll make sure to populate all of this with my legendary witty commentary. Ahem. Let’s begin!

Thursday, August 12

Practice just ended. Adrien’s car is loaded up. Recording weekend has officially begun!
-10:54 PM Aug 12th @stanSyckes

We had our regularly-scheduled practice this night, running through the set a couple of times and working on some last minute preparations. Afterward, we loaded up Adrien’s car with John’s drumkit and John’s truck with our guitars and other equipment. Adrien and Matt took off in Adrien’s car to reach Albany early Friday morning. They would meet up with Amber, our saintly shelter provider for the weekend (saintly because she offered her 2 bedroom apartment to us just days before our arrival when our original plan fell through).

Unfortunately, Adrien and Matt got in so late that Amber was passed out. And she was in such a deep sleep she never heard her phone so the two Heroes had to pony up cash for a romantic hotel room! It was an auspicious beginning (for them!) to the weekend but more (or less) interesting things were to come!

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Albany Beckons

Some random band in the studio

Have I mentioned that I’m in a band?

Well I am … and I have more news regarding said organization! We’ve officially secured a weekend at Max Trax Studios in Albany, NY to record our demo. HOTNESS!

We’re heading up the weekend of August 13-15th (you know just days before our first gig). Adrien (bass) and Matt (singer) have that Friday off so they will drive up together in Adrien’s Bronxmobile with all of our equipment and set up for a couple of hours before working stiffs John (drums) and I (NBA Sim) follow by train/bus. The plan is to stay with Adrien’s brother who lives up there and record for a total of 16 hours over the next two days. I’m hoping to bring up a camera to capture some impromptu, romantic moments whilst recording and hanging out to share with everyone while you patiently wait for the music, itself.

Three nights recording, one day off and then our first gig … damn, this should be cool! I’m really excited to get the band up and running – ready or not, in those five days come mid-August, Rusted Hero will be born.

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Gig Coming Your Way

Future historical landmark

Alright, so you’ve listened to the practice recordings over at RustedHero.com, become a friend of the Rusted Hero Facebook and MySpace pages, and are an avid follower of the Rusted Hero Twitter account. But what about seeing these guys live?

Well, your wish (and ours) has come true!

Our first gig has officially been confirmed. We will be playing Tuesday, August 17th at Otto’s Shrunken Head on E 14th St and Ave B at 11pm! HOTNESS! I originally heard of the place when my New Jersey roommates’ metal band played there a couple years ago (I showed up just in time to not see them, though) and my coworker’s jazz band performed there as well. I’ve also just hung out in the place a couple of times on my own – it’s a wacky, weird bar with a great vibe. Hell, they played “Temporary Secretary” the last time I was in there – that’s gotta count for something!

Anyway, everyone, there’s no cover so I’m sure that’ll offset the fact that it’s a little late on a weekday. Who the hell cares, though, with a chance to be a part of history!

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  • Altered Rusted Hero section of sidebar to stand out more and provide more information
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A Little Rust

RustedHero.com

© 2010 Adrien Goulet

What a difference a day can make … 7:30am Monday morning I was asleep with no band name and wondering if we would ever come to a consensus on one after our voting debacle from last week. By 7:30am Tuesday we had a name, a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a MySpace page. By this morning we now have 3 songs up recorded from Monday’s rehearsal.

Hot!

I’m a bit of a foot-dragger and perfectionist when it comes to music – I admit this – so I’m still coming to grips with all of this web presence and available music even though we only have 4 practices as a four piece (and that’s including the bassist’s audition and catching him up on all the songs). Still, I’m super stoked and equally happy to have a progressive presence in the band, now. I get the distinct impression my social media activity, and just web activity in general, is going to skyrocket exponentially pretty soon as a result of all this musicness.

Get ready …

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