Our Sleeping Giant

Texas indie folk rock

Happy Holidays!

Hi all,

Just wanted to say a quick “hello” and wish everyone a very happy holiday season. Also, here’s a treat for all you good (and not so good) boys and girls:

Way back in November/December of 2009, Josh Huskin rounded up a few of his friends and favorite musicians to record and release Seafoam’s Greetings: A Holiday Compilation. Along with amazing songs from Westboud Departure, Stegosaur, Altus, and The Cardinal Health (who provided “Cold Kong the Snowman King”, my favorite Xmas song EVER), I recorded this heartwarming little number with Clifton @ Deadroom.

Love y’all,

Gibbons

Home (Post El Paso wrap up)

That’s a wrap…

I’m back home in Austin now after being in El Paso for 8 days and tracking for 7 days. After all was said an done, I was able to get down 7 songs:

A side:

  1. Time of Troubles

  2. Another Protest Song

  3. Faux News

B side:

  1. For Her (instrumental)

  2. Forever & Always

  3. One of My Kind

  4. C U Next Tuesday

The A side is 3 political songs, which is a first for me. I pushed myself to write something other than personal songs (things that happened to me or to people around me), and given the current moment of history we’re living in, I felt I had a responsibility to speak out.

The B side is more of my standard subject matter and comfort zone. There are songs for my incredible wife, Emily, including and instrumental “interlude”. There’s a song for my late friend (and former OSG guitarist), Gave Velazquez, and a song for my good friend Keith.

Was a great week, and thanks again to Ross and Sebastian at Brainville for being awesome, helping, and putting up with me. Looking forward to hearing some mixes and sharing with everyone soon.

Much love,

Gibbons

El Paso, Day 6 - 2018/11/19

Had a solid day at Brainville today, taking care of a few things in preparation for wrapping up tomorrow.

Was able to record the instrumental interlude, “For Her”, and get a really great room sound from the live room. Ross also talked about using the live room to pick up some reverb for the track, so I’m really excited to hear the results once he starts mixing.

Additionally, was able to record vocals for Gabe’s song, “One of My Kind”. It was not an easy task, as it has, vocally, a much different feel/vibe as the rest of the record. Ross was able to help me find the right spots, and coach me to getting a solid performance in what we both feel was right for the song. Pretty happy with the end result, and we might try out adding a keys part tomorrow.

As for tomorrow, Ross still need to add the Leslie part for “Faux News”, and we’re going to try out some keys on “One of My Kind”, too. Also, I’m going to try and take another idea I have and flush it out tonight in order to make it an even 4 on the A and B sides for this record. On my voice memos it’s called “This Old Thing?”, but that obviously won’t be the final title. Going to try tonight to work out something with it, lyrically, that I’ve been trying to/wanting to do for years now.

Looking forward to wrapping things up tomorrow, then it’s in Ross’s hands to mix!

El Paso, Day 4 & 5 - 2018/11/17-18

Sorry for not posting update yesterday, it was tough day.

I hit a wall and ran out of steam a little bit, but was able to get some writing done. Additionally, Emily Booher stopped by to write and record an amazing cello part for “Forever & Always”. I couldn’t believe it had been 4.5 years since she recorded the part for “The War”, and it was great to see her and catch up. She’s got a ton of amazing things going on right now, and was so gracious with her time; I can’t thank her enough. If you haven’t already, give her a follow and check out all the projects she’s working on.

Last night I got some much needed rest, and we started a little later today. I was able to knock out guitars (added a nice little lead, too!) and vocals for “Faux News”. Ross worked out a sweet organ part on a Leslie, and we’re going to add it tomorrow and finish that song up. I also tracked vocals for “Another Protest Song”, which I’m pretty proud of. I unknowingly, as per usual, wrote it right at the top of my range, so Ross really helped with pushing me to get a great performance.

That leaves vocals for “One of My Kind”, and an instrumental track I finished writing that’s tentatively called “For Her”. I fought with writing a melody/vocals, but I think it’s going to fit nicely as an instrumental interlude. If there’s any additional time tomorrow, we’re going to go through and see if there’s anything else to add to or clean up on the other tracks.

That leaves Tuesday for (hopefully) 1 more song…