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Friday
Feb272015

Finally there, Kickstarter people

A quick note to say that we're finally there with the Five Grand Stereo album. Anyone who backed us on Kickstarter will have been emailed a link to the record; anyone else, well you'll have to wait a while to hear it. But we'll be releasing various songs online over the next little while, so keep an ear out.

Here's a track from the record: https://soundcloud.com/fivegrandstereo/david-bowie-1

 

Saturday
Jul122014

Five Grand Stereo album update

We just wanted to give you a quick update on where we're at with the Five Grand Stereo album as I know you are all anxiously - or perhaps not so anxiously! - awaiting news of release dates, rewards and so on.

We've used your kind pledges to fund the recording of string parts - these are now all in the can. The next step is to get somebody fabulous involved with the mixing of the album. We're nearly there with that too.

As things stand, we're hoping to have an album and most of the rewards ready by the Autumn - I hope that's not too far away for you.

Thanks as always for your support. If you have any queries, just drop us a line at http://www.fivegrandstereo.com/contact/ 

You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more news.

Best wishes, Chris

Saturday
Feb012014

My new record / Five Grand Stereo

My new record is finished. Sort of. And actually it's not technically entirely 'my' new record at all: it's more of a 'band' record.

Basically, I've decided that the contributions of the musicians that I've been working with over the past couple of years to record my songs was so great that it merited putting the project out under a band name rather than mine: Five Grand Stereo.  I'm still the lead writer, so if you like my stuff, you should like this, and I hope you'll agree that the input of the band has made everything sound much bigger, better and brighter.

So where / how can you buy this record? Well, I'm doing the whole crowd-funding thing this time in order to release it - if you'd like to support, please go to our Kickstarter page where you can donate a few bob towards the cost of various things we need to pay for in order to release it (like string recordings and a mix engineer). In exchange for your help a range of rewards are on offer - from the album itself to signed, limited edition cassette versions of an EP (for those of you that still use cassettes of course).

Here are some links to follow if you'd like to find out more about the band:

And here's a wee tune to enjoy: 'David Bowie'

Wednesday
Oct092013

Aaaaah. It's the Bee Gees. Being murdered.

Had band members Michael Kirkland and Ben Woollacott round to do some recording yesterday. We had a lot of fun putting down three part harmonies on a few tracks for the new album. I guess we thought we were being the Beatles on 'Because' or The Beach Boys on 'Pet Sounds' but listening back like we were being more like the Bee Gees really, only sans medallions and sexy outfits and being murdered.

You can watch the quite amusing results here. First you hear the ungodly sound of us singing alone at the start of the video, and then at the end you'll get to hear the track with all our ahem, bits put together.

Tuesday
Jun182013

Recording keyboard parts with Michael Kirkland

It's been a little while since I've posted one of my 'video diary' thingymebobs. But I have one to share with you today - it's a clip from a new track I'm working on, This Stuff. Michael is playing my weird old keyboard from (I think) the early 80s. An 'Orla'. It makes a lot of farty noises but every now and then you can coax something rather nice out of it.

Anyhoo, enjoy - video below.

 

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