Springtime for Urchin
April 5, 2012
With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time we at Urchin have really been enjoying having an extra hour in which to hide away from the sun and work on our studio tans (that is, those of us that didn't go on tour with Laura Marling to AUSTRALIA last month).
And speaking of Laura Marling what an exciting couple of weeks it's been, having personally witnessed her (along with Mr Ingram on drums) and Lianne La Havas perform live on 2 separate occasions, once at their own gigs respectively, and once on the same stage for the 6 Music 10th anniversary birthday bash. I was also lucky enough to catch Three Trapped Tigers in the same week performing the whole of their new record 'Numbers 1-13' from start to finish.
Bragging aside, it's been another productive month inside the recording studio. Jodie Marie stopped by with Noisettes' guitarist Dan Smith to record a cover of The Beach Boys' 'Here Today' which will be featured on the cover CD of next month's MOJO magazine. We were privilaged to play host to the magnificent Annie Whitehead, who stopped by a couple of weeks ago to provide jazz trombone stylings on a few tunes as part of a collaborative arts project called The Boat Project. If you were as unfamiliar with her work as I was it turns out she is a bit of a legend in the jazz world. There's precious little footage of her playing on youtube, but you can catch a couple of glimpses of her in this 2006 performance with Robert Wyatt (warning: This video gets VERY Jazz at the end!).
And there was also the small matter of Lianne jetting off to meet PRINCE...
In other news we'll soon be replacing our studio computer with one twice as powerful (2x 2.66Ghz dual core, 8Gb RAM, for those who enjoyed the 'songs per day' statistic in the previous post). We're at a loss as to how this is going to make better sounding records, but we're told that having a computer that was made the same year that Bloc Party's 'Silent Alarm' was released doesn't mean it's 'retro', it just means it's 'old'.