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I’ve been immersed with the recording…the second EP – it’s coming together seamlessly…I can’t explain the magic…God only knows how it all works out the way it does. A perfect mystery. I wrote three new songs for the new EP this month and we tracked all three this week. That makes seven songs. So the track list is complete…will spend the coming week fine tuning it. Our drummer beats the hell out of his Pearls like a total savage. That mixed with pure vocal sincerity and shredding guitars run through Marshall stacks is like wildfire and my inner wolf has been howling at the moon. By the way it’s all real…real songs, real people playing real instruments, no auto-tune, no sampling, no experimental gibberish, no programming. It’s been a lot of hours at the mixing console but well worth it…listening to the rough mixes this morning I saw them smash through a fortified wall with no resistance at all. I’m beyond stoked.
Tuesday
Nothing less about this beautiful Gibson Les Paul. Brought out the big guns tonight for a secondary rhythm track on a brand new song for the EP. It’s fitting because the new song, “Las Vegas” I wrote on this lovely guitar over the weekend. And you can’t really fake the tone and texture and special sort of crunch you get out of a Gibson Les Paul. You can’t fake the tone and texture and special sort of crunch you get from a USA Fender Strat either, but you can compliment it–especially with a secondary track played on a Les Paul. These are top line guitars…they’re designed for a specific purpose–to sound super fucking deadly. It’s no wonder writing on them is such a pleasure. I can’t say I wasn’t influenced in some way by the Stone Roses 1989 album while writing Las Vegas. I’ve been listening to the Stone Roses album on repeat over the last week while jogging up and down the beach–it’s an album I’ve known since the 8th grade…but this most recent revisiting has been profound in a inexplicable way. I can tell already this second EP is going above and beyond.
Saturday
Adjusted the intonation on my Strat tonight before heading down to the studio. Big night…tracking all guitars for ‘Girl Like You’, a new song that ain’t messing around. When I first heard the pattern of the snare drum I was taken by surprise and now can’t imagine the song without it. Likewise, the guitars are going to be set in stone by the end of tonight. There’s something magical going on with these new songs…midnight alchemy and technicolor dreams. I know now that the poets weren’t wrong.
Friday
Been fully devoted to working on the second Penthouse Killers EP. Surprising even myself with this new batch of songs. Only a couple months ago, I wasn’t sure if the San Andreas album was perhaps a one time thing. However, four new songs are now officially recorded, mixed and mastered. The songs are seemingly writing themselves. I’ve spent countless hours living in the studio with these songs…and strangely I’ve managed not to get too close to them. Strange indeed. After listening to the masters yesterday I laughed to myself in the studio…because I know these songs are silly good. One in particular…Front Page Tragedy…I mean, really, I’m not sure how much better we could have nailed it…composition wise, production wise, performance wise. There is also one called Draw the Line, which is a rocket ship to mars…traveling at the speed of sound with a Fender Strat strapped to it’s back. Really, when you plug a USA Fender Strat into a Marshall Stack and crank that shit up…something magical happens. When you add to that a freak-out drummer who pounds the living daylights out of his Pearls and then throw on top of that psychotically busy bass lines that would impress even Karl Alvarez…you can smash through fortified walls with the strum of a chord–you can leap skyscrapers in a single bound. Three more are in the works…EP will probably have seven or eight on it. We want to have a couple EPs in the bag before we start hitting the live venues with this project.

Monday

Love this album cover for the new EP. Designer Jason came through again with a brilliant design.

Monday

Check out the new video for “The Wire”…first single from the debut EP from Penthouse Killers. We shot it mostly around Venice Beach and surrounding area. Director did a brilliant job – it really captures the vibe of the song. Stoked…check it out!

Saturday

Penthouse Killers – San Andreas just went up on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music. Now people in the furthest reaches of the world can vibe out to 1990’s skate rock…on their phone. Go with it bros!

Thursday

Just put the finishing touches on the debut EP, Penthouse Killers – San Andreas. My goal was to mix it in a certain way so it emulates old skate rock albums from the 90’s…like ALL, Drill Car, Down By Law, Doughboys sort of sound. Because it was recorded digitally, I had to painstakingly remove the digital frequencies and add a certain frequencies that emulate the analog sound. Perhaps next time we’ll actually record in analog. Ha!

Wednesday

I love LA.

Thursday

One of my fave venues in LA…Silverlake Lounge…have seen some epic shows here and have played a few myself. Long live original live music!

Tuesday

This is a photo I found in storage. That’s the 12 year old me with my very first electric guitar. I was so obsessed with the Sex Pistols back then. It went far beyond the tapestries, posters and God Save the Queen t-shirt. I’d spend hours playing along to Never Mind the Bullocks in my the basement of my mom’s house. Not sure what ever happened to that first guitar of mine…but we were inseparable–I took her everywhere.

Sunday

Added some finishing touches to “The Wire” tonight at the studio…I thought I sensed a spot for just the slightest bit of high piano keys panned hard left. Small addition, but made all the difference. For some reason the guitars on “The Wire” as heavier than all the other guitars on the album. Not sure why…they were all recorded through the same gear at the same level…guess it’s just magic.

Thursday

Had Johnny Lawrence over to the studio tonight to track bass on Inner City Girl. I’m a bit baffled at how he pulled such a complex bass line off in two takes. Anyone can play a busy bass line, but to play a busy bass line that is absolutely perfect for the song is an entirely other feat. His style of playing on Inner City Girl is very reminiscent of Karl Alvarez–the king of sick bass lines. Tear it up Johnny boy!

Tuesday

Laid some heavy guitars on the song San Andreas tonight. Using a USA Fender Strat through a Marshall Stack. The sound you get from this particular equipment is addicting.

Saturday

The thing about tracking drums is that you want to have a snare drums that sounds like a gun shot and a kick drum that hits you in the chest like a shock wave. That’s the best start I find.