Our dear friend Chris Herb, who has been with us for almost the entire process of recording this record, and who has agreed to play keyboards with Pela, has returned for another blog. For those of you that do not know Chris you can read his previous entry here.
Chris Herbs’ previous entry…..
Saying goodbye to the lads in L.A. last month was pretty tough. I felt like I was just languishing there in Los Angeles for that entire month apart from them as they marched onward with the new record in New York. Impatiently I saved money for my new gear, & achingly kept in daily contact with the band. It became increasingly evident that this bi-coastal situation was simply not going to work. I found myself pacing alone in my home, I was biting my fingernails constantly, and I often wandered through my neighborhood at the base of the Hollywood hills listening to pre-mixed tracks of ‘Sunken ships’ in the early a.m. wishing I had more updated versions.
I was also feeling mighty anxious about the fact that I now had 27 songs to nail down before the upcoming tour beginning in February, much less the overwhelming sense of urgency I had gnawing away inside, and I wasn’t feeling right with it at all. As Pela was fine tuning “Rise Ye Sunken Ships”, holed up in the studio in snow-trodden Tribeca, New York City, so I walked down Sunset boulevard in Hollywood, California to the music store wearing a T-shirt, 3000 miles away beneath blue skies.
I was feeling far too disconnected. Thus, there was only one course of action to take! So I made a spur of the moment, spontaneous and impulsive decision and broke my apartment lease, sold all my house hold appliances, packed up my personal belongings and sent them via Greyhound up to Northern California, got a plane ticket to JFK, and said goodbye to friends. Three days later I was standing outside the airport, once again an official resident of New York, freezing my ass off and feeling totally elated about it.
I write to you here in Tribeca at Gigantic studios, where Nate, Tom, Billy and Eric, and Dan are in my presence once again, where I find myself playing music with a band in NYC once again, for the first time in over 5 years. (I departed November 1st, 2002)
We have less than a week left. And we are on point, on time, and everything is coming together perfectly.
Dan is sculpting away on an über Pop track titled ‘Meine Liebe’ right now. It is by no means standard Pela format. We are all pretty blown away with the tentative results.
This album is getting really crazy. No one will be disappointed, I can say that much. It is so incredibly diverse that I cannot even begin to explain where its headed.
I love the way Nate described how the band sounds though. When asked what sort of music we play, instead of simply stating ‘Rock ‘n Roll’, Nate likens it to walking across the street and getting hit by a car, head on.
This album will certainly pack a punch of equal intensity. I am very proud of everyones achievements. Contrasting this record, it is very apparent that the band has grown exponentially since ‘Anytown’. I am really looking forward to the release date.
And its nice playing music with my friends again. Everything has come full circle. I forgot how much I adore this city.
5 years later, I have made the right choice. This was confirmed the first few minutes I got to the studio.
The lads play hockey on playstation as I write. Billy and Nate are getting pretty competitive.
I am overjoyed to be here.
Thanks for reading everyone.
Till next entry.