john mcentire

john mcentire

Firekites - The Counting - Closing Forever Sky

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Firekites - The Counting - Closing Forever Sky http://shop.spunk.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/firekitesmusic Newcastle collective Firekites released ‘Closing Forever Sky’, their first album since 2008’s debut ‘The Bowery’. Mixed in Chicago by John McEntire (Tortoise, Stereolab), it’s steeped in pedals, synths and dozens of layers at a time, explains leader Tim McPhee. ‘The Counting’ OK, so this was an extremely challenging track to realise … more so, hard to tame. The sheer amount of channels, the length, the layers, the arrangement. It was the first song post-Bowery we were all really excited about. We’d written loads of new tracks, but this felt very real and relative to where we were heading musically. It’s influenced by Dirty-era Sonic Youth for sure, but mostly by the new guitars and pedal boards we had patched up. Post-Bowery we found ourselves on a massive pedal binge … a search for new tones and sounds and colour. This pushed us back onto electric guitars more and more and lead us to many epic long and loud jams. Lyrically you could possibly pin it as a love song. Peg’s harmonies are like feathers drifting in the wind. Being essentially a recording project … for me, jamming this track was also the first time Firekites felt like a ‘band’. Whilst it was the first song recorded for the album, it was definitely the last one finished. The mix ended up being quite the monster … again, just so many channels to consider. We got snagged during the mix revisions – recalling the settings on John’s Trident A-range console (mixing desk) proved to be quite the task. Being a vintage analogue classic, it can sometimes drift and can take hours to warm up. We got there in the end but it nearly broke the both of us. Very glad we got it finished!