Just a quick update on the new album. As you know the record was supposed to have been out by now. Unfortunately I've had some issues with my voice which have delayed things. I've suffered from acid reflux for many years but it's always been manageable. During our Canadian tour I began noticing the meds weren't working as well as they used to and that for the first time, it was affecting my singing. I was getting hoarse after a couple of songs, couldn't hit high notes properly and my throat felt like it was on fire after every set.
We had to cancel a bunch of European festival dates and after some very frustrating and painful vocal tracking sessions, postpone my recording as well. Turns out that was a good call because I haven't done any vocal chord damage. That was a huge relief (I seriously thought I had nodules). I'm on some stronger meds now and feeling better, albeit still not 100%. I'm about to have another crack at recording and will see how things go. If it's still not happening the next step will be anti-reflux surgery. It's a pretty standard procedure nowadays so nothing to worry about, but it would mean another 2-3 months before I can record.
Thanks a lot for your patience guys. This has been a difficult time for me but it feels good to finally have some answers and know there's a solution if the meds don't cut it. Will keep y'all updated.
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Finally back together with the boys! Kay and I did a bunch of networking at Canadian Music Week last week. Got some great reactions to the new demos and we're pumped about releasing and touring the record later this year.
Stefan and Bob arrived in Toronto on Sunday and we spent the day in a rehearsal studio unpacking our gear. We left this stuff in storage after our US tour 3 years ago so we had no idea if it would work. Luckily nothing blew up. Felt good to jam again after a month apart.
Now the van is packed and we're all set to kick off our first Canadian tour. 10 weeks and 40 dates across country- this is gonna be an epic roadtrip. Dates for the West are out, East coast dates coming soon.
We've been working hard on the album and we're pumped about how it's sounding. Our initial release date was Feb but it's taking longer and we wanted to let you know why. This is our first new record in 5 years and it's important to us that we nail it.
We just finished re-doing the bass (we weren't happy with the first sound we pulled) and it sounds killer now. This week we borrowed a bunch of vintage guitar amps from friends and Bob has been laying down more guitar parts. After that comes percussion and experimenting with other sounds, then vocals. All up there's about another 10 weeks of recording to do.
It took a while to find the right artist and concept for the vinyl / CD covers and t-shirts. We've got the perfect person on it now and it's looking awesome- we'll post pictures when they're done. There's a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes too, like planning the album tour. We're independent and organising these things takes time.
After we've finished recording we'll need around 8 weeks to mix and master the record and manufacture everything. We've also got the opportunity to tour Canada between April and June, beginning with some meetings at Canadian Music Week. It's an amazing chance for us to grow the band and set up something big for the album release so we're jumping on it.
Which means we'll be shipping the album to you guys in September. To say thank you for your patience, all our crowdfunding backers are getting a download of our "Live From The Basement" album this week so keep an eye on your email.
We'll be running our crowdfunding right up until we start pressing the vinyls and CDs so you've got a few more months to contribute if you'd like to help: pledge.thesunpilots.com. Thank you to everyone who's contributed so far. It's going really well but we need to raise more to cover mixing and mastering and we're hoping to avoid borrowing money if we can.
That's where things are at right now. More updates to come!
-Raj, Bob, Kay and Stefan
PS. We're releasing another new song preview next month so stay tuned...
We’d like to wish you all happy holidays and a kick ass new year. Also a huge shoutout to everyone who’s pledged so far- we’re very lucky to have you as fans.
To celebrate a successful Sunpilots year, here’s another new album preview. It’s called “Faded Out” and was recorded live (one take) in Berlin. We still have a way to go to hit our crowdfunding goal so check out the rewards below if you’d like to contribute. Every bit helps.
Drums are done (we’re seriously pumped about how they sound). Currently recording bass, then guitar and vocals and slowly making steps towards the release?
You know me
Another night spent lying alone here
Trying to breathe
As the smoke and mirrors both begin to rise
As the world collides and then explodes before my eyes
I realise I can’t move, I can’t get up this time
We’ve fallen so low
We’ve fallen so low
Won’t see tomorrow
Won’t see tomorrow
We stand, we fall
And through it all
United as we burn
Hear the silence roar
Through the illusion of it all
You say we should fight
And then you fold
You fucked it up didn’t you?
You fucked it up didn’t you…