|Dag Nasty / "Minority Of One" recording sessions / January 6th, 2002 / Day 2|
|4:13.||Big Board at Inner Ear.||Brian playing Air Drums along with the playback.||Brian (with Roger in the background) running through Song 2.||Colin
|Colin & Roger in Control Room.||Dave working on Day 2's Studio Diary.|
|Don Zientara behind the board.||Don changing mic on Brian's amp. We did this a lot today.||Arty shot through the window, from Control Room into Studio.||Brianyard.||Yardhead.||Roger playing.||Song 2.|
|Thru the window|
Hi, this is Dave. Hope everybody's doing well. Don's control room is loaded with toys and puzzles, and good European style food. He always brings in a loaf of fresh bread with some olive oil to dip it in, very Italian/Greek style. Don is one classy fella. He is wearing long pants today, which is very unusual; he usually wears khaki shorts. But today it is supposed to snow and it is cold as hell for Virginia.
The mood is upbeat and happy. I think the songs are strong, and pretty muscular too. Mostly everyone is happy to see each other and be here. The band chemistry is good and pretty relaxed, and we're having fun so far, which is really key to making a great record, I think.
It's funny because we're starting with song one from the demos, which has no title yet and is the only one that the words aren't finished. It's no big deal. Right now it's called sans amp, because on the demos for it, Brian used a Sans Amp for his guitar sounds.
Roger and Colin are still one of my favorite rhythm sections. They sound like they've been playing music together for more than half their lives. Wait a minute, they have! Brian just told Colin "Hey, you sound just like Colin Sears!"
Steve Hansgen is doing great which is really helpful - he and Don are both people that have really good ears, and we have all been friends for many years, so we feel pretty comfortable just playing and trusting them and their ideas and impressions of what takes work, etc. Well, Roger is finishing the overdubs on the bass for this song, and then hopefully we can go get something to eat.
7 p.m. Just back from dinner at Restaurant Abi, a small Mexican place not too far from the studio, where Don has broken bread with many bands over the years, including Dag Nasty. Now we're about to tackle "bottle this", which is just a working title for the moment but I kind of like it. It's a song about having a shitty day at work or wherever and being stressed, but also that the only thing that matters in the end are your friends and family. This is the hardest song on the album, so hopefully it won't be too horrendous to get down.
9:03 p.m. Still at it. Just made
a tempo change to the chorus and it seems to sound better than what we
10:03 p.m. Got it. Thank jah.
11:23 Have started to warm up into my favorite song of the record. This is pure raging hardcore, d.c. style, and it rocks for all of us who are old school (as they say nowadays about everyone who was kickin' it, dawg, in 1986 or earlier). G, this song is money, yo. Its tentative title is Flex Your Hat. Straight up.
11:32 Colin has announced that his dad, Dave Sears, who let us practice in his house for all the early days of the band, doesn't have a mustache anymore. Brian is doing various and hilarious impersonations between takes.
11:51 First tape rolling take of flex your hat.
12:20 a.m. Have a good take of the song. Switching reels of tape to see if we can top it. We talk about the new fugazi record, with various people chiming in on how awesome they think it is. Like all Fugazi cds, it was recorded here at inner ear with don. Everyone is getting tired.
12:48 a.m. We have it now, the right take. We'll see you tomorrow. Vive le punk.