Judgement Day has always been a bit of an experiment. On Dark Opus we experimented with running the violin and cello through giant Mesa stacks. On Peacocks/Pink Monsters we tried running them through as many different crazy effects pedals as we could get our hands on. On the Out of the Abyss 7″ we experimented with recording live. Every time that we try something new we end up learning a ton, not just about the new technique, but about playing together and being musicians. So now it’s time to make some more music and again we’re going to try something new.
Our next record is going to be totally acoustic, but way different from our previous acoustic EP’s, because Jon going to play percussion. Instead of a playing his traditional drum kit, he’s working on putting together a super-sweet acoustic kit and with paint buckets and other percussive items. We’ve already written about 4 new songs and we’re hoping to write 10 or 15 more in the next couple of months. Of the songs that we have so far two are super-fast metal shredders, one is kind of punk-country and the other one is more slow-grooving and reserved. Our plan is to do all of the recording in a week at the end of January in a barn up on the northern coast of California. We’ve already booked The Barn so we’re pretty committed to keeping this on schedule.
We did 3 songs with the bucket kit on KPFA last night. That should give you a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about. Those songs come towards the end of the show but the whole thing is great so we definitely recommend checking it out: http://kpfa.org/archive/id/65618
We’ve always been fans of test driving our songs live before we go and record them, so we’re going to be doing that all month in December. All of our December shows will be acoustic, starting with two very special seated parlor shows:
Thursday, 12/9 in San Francisco at the beautiful Porto Franco Art Parlor.
Friday, 12/10 in Oakland at a secret underground theater. The venue has requested that we do not post the address on the internet but if you want to come just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you all of the info that you need.
If seated shows are not your thing then you might want to come check us out on Sunday, 12/12 at Gilman with Andrew Jackson Jihad. It’s been a while since we played Gilman and for a while there we thought it was going to be shut down, so we’re very excited to be doing another show there.
Now, if you’re thinking: “this sucks, I want burtal, shredding, ear-shattering metal, not wimpy acoustic wuss music,” stop worrying! It’s not like we’re permanently going acoustic. We’re just going to try this out for a little while and see how it goes. We’re still going to play some shows fully electric. In fact have a really awesome one coming up January 8th at Slims with the world’s greatest action-adventure-metal band Arnocorps and Middle-Earth’s most fearsome orc-metal band A Band of Orcs.
We have no idea what our new acoustic record will sound like but we think it will probably be pretty awesome and we’ll definitely learn a lot by making it. So we’re excited.