Kalavala Sessions #1 - Instrumental and Vocal recording at Mattias
Kalevala Sessions #2 - Drum recording at Studio 8, Falköping,
August 2, 2002. The summer is the hottest ever recorded in Sweden and
Mattias' apartment faces south. No cooling fans, no AC. Just a large bottle
of Coke and a couple of beers. Sweat. A rumbling in the clouds. What is that
clicking noise in the music? Ah, the refrigerator's cooling system
restarting, we have to mind that. Thirst. Coffee. Why don't I need to pee?
More sweat. Me and Mattias crouching together in what really is intended to
be a wardrobe, along with two keyboards, a computer, stereo, mixer,
armchair, two stools and a lot of cables and stuff. Daniel two rooms and
five meters of stereophone cord away, at the foot of the staircase to the
attic, singing through Mattias' girlfriend's nightshirt strapped on a hanger
to level out his "P"- "F"- and "T"-sounds. Jonas, standing in the hall,
getting more and more frustrated and gradually dropping his clothes, as
usual when his playing doesn't work the way he wants. Lightning knocking out
the computer once or twice during the evening, the takes getting spoiled by
the relay in the refrigerator. CLICK! Shit, shit, shit ... redo the guitar
again, please! Jonas amplifier screaming loudly in the bedroom, the clock
showing 1:00 a.m. Funny how the neighbours don't complain. Jonas being stark
naked at 1:30. Hope the lightning doesn't strike too near.
Then the abrubt, immaculate quiet when suddenly everything is finished and the thunderstorm blows away. Yes, God was good to us today.
We're not a big band, never will be. For Simon Says, low budget recording is both an absolute necessity and a challenge. Nowadays, the advanced and relatively cheap recording technology makes it possible for a lot of bands like us to produce themselves, to make CD's at home and be in total control of their music and spread it to whoever may listen.
In a way, that's all you could ask."
-- Stefan Renström, September 20, 2002
Last Updated 8/25/03