UpSounDown's "Cut and Dry" was recorded in Southern Manitoba at "Ripperland Studios". The tracks were laid down in six days over the period of three months. From January 2011 thru April 2011. Due to other scheduling problems and juggling expensive rentals, it almost broke the proverbial bank. Plus the remote location and travel, and the weather, the tracks needed quick attention with very few punch ins and overdubs. Mixing and mastering was easier being sent to good ol' North End Winnipeg, and was thanks to Lloyd Pleuschow doing both recording engineer duties and mixing for an long period of time. UpSounDown participated in some of that process. Having final say for distribution. Lloyd hardly made it home one night after recording and was thankful for his small car with front wheel drive (not a Porsche).
Very special thanks must be given to our wives Terry Miller and Tara Schmitt. Tara for her very special support taking care of the kids while Eric went out. And Terry for baking and cooking for the band and Lloyd. Marvelous cinnamon buns and crumble blueberry muffins was a great fuel for the cause.
Some of the songs written were completed way before recording started. The most recent one was Sea Breeze.
Birthday Baby- Is a special tribute to Paul's wife, who he wrote the song for. What's released is the more generic version. Paul used an Ibanez RG 321MH and a 1973 Traynor Mark Three was used for the whole album.
Road Rage- Written about the split personality's that people can have, over trying to save a few minutes in traffic. Paul say's he's been guilty of it as well. The point of the song is how even timid, and calm people can turn aggressive. Paul is using a Ibanez tube screamer with the traynor and the same guitar. Special bass appearance by Leigh Kippen who did a fine job with his Dingwall five string.
Cut and Dry- The title track is based on how some thoughts shared and beliefs can be deadly to society. It can start as a seed sometimes and grow like a cancer. Sometimes there are only subtle differences between right and wrong. Paul was using a Fender Precision throughout the recordings with a Bartolini pickup. Eric has a Pearl Forum drumkit with a vintage Raven snare for the album that he uses for the whole album. There is also a old Lynn crash, Paiste ride and high hats with another zildgian lite crash.
Passions- A celebration of just that, as well as love. There is also suggestions about monogamy and well...doin it. The track is actually a song within a song. Which was done because of budget purposes. Paul was very happy how it fit with each other so seamlessly. You may also notice the use of arena rock chords as well as a mix of jazz overtones. The guitars were done on scratch tracks for the drums to record to. Paul's basslines were then recorded and a final guitar track afterward. Vocals were always recorded last, and usually in one take.
His Punisher- Written about a man who falls in love with a battered woman. The song stresses how the man want's to be a hero, and save her. It explores vigilante justice and desire. Paul also hope's more women would step forward, in regards to domestic violence. There is always a solution. Paul used a Seagull Coastline acoustic close miked and plugged in to the board.
Porsche 911- A fun song about a guy who loves his car just as much, or maybe more than the women he's trying to pick up with it. It could be any fancy car name but UpSounDown found it hard to find anything that rhymed with Corvette, or Lamborghini. Paul got the mean wah pedal tone from a Dunlop Cry Baby. (Possibly modified). Great cowbell!!!
True Muslims Aren't Evil (As you can be)- This song is an example of how Terrorism does not reflect true Muslim beliefs. It depicts a character much familiar and hyped, but really there's no need to say who he was. There is way more good than bad in this world, the bad just gets better press. Paul uses an ESP-LTD H 500 with the neck pickup.
Casino/ Honcho Number 1- The first part is about struggles with gambling and who really makes the money. Honcho is about the abuse of power and cult of personality. Some can do no wrong and the public seems blindfolded.
Sea Breeze- A man want's to keep a secret and not fuss about his terminal illness. He goes about it in his own way. Paul again uses his LTD with the Traynor amps tremolo feature. Eric really shines on how subdued the drums are and has really nice high hat accents throughout the song. This was also the most recent song Paul has written. One week before recording.
UpSounDown thanks you for your consideration, and hopes you enjoy these tracks. There will be much more to come. We are currently looking for a bassist to help fill in. Our former manager is also kaput who was just a big bag of wind (foul smelling). Included is his poorly misspelled comment on our page. There may be other sources to purchase the CD but other than store the CD would be counterfeit. Please support local music!! There are also a few Youtube jams of UpSounDown. Happy listening and thanks again!