(clockwise from left: Joey Wright, Phillip Greenlief, Kris Tiner, Chris Schlarb, Nathan McGlothlin)
To say this past weekend was magical would be to understate its impact. HSAL traveled to southern California to mix down some new TLVS tunes & have honeybrandy cut a record with some seriously heavy hitters.
Nathan & Joey from TLVS spent a day working through the sounds that Chris Schlarb had captured at the Old City Cemetery Chapel back in July. A tweek here, an assembly direction there, & the involvement of a vintage Lexicon Prime Time delay unit later…the group now has fresh recordings of two new songs that have been bookending recent sets (“Stencils”, “Fragaria (Virginia)”). We are currently exploring options on how to share these tunes with you all.
On Friday, honeybrandy set up in Long Beach’s Big Ego Studios for a whirlwind session that drank freely from session guests Kris Tiner (trumpet), Phillip Greenlief (reeds), & studio owner Chris Schlarb (electric guitar). In the span of a day, nearly two hours of complete improvisation was captured. Reflecting on the session, Tiner described it as “weightless, effortless, sensitive and transcendent music”. Alongside of Schlarb, the duo took to listening back & mixing down the material on Sunday. Needless to say, we are ecstatic with the results & can’t wait to unveil this work.
…oh, & due to our avid fandom of “Arrested Development”, we paid a visit to the RMS Queen Mary, which has been docked in Long Beach harbor since 1967.