Broken spells  

July 9, 2016 

Lots going on. We broke our 7-month spell and performed for the first time with our new bassist, Antoine. All of us were beyond eager to play and perhaps a bit too much of that energy found its way into my amp, which copped out mid solo. I suppose these things can’t be helped but it hardly felt — what is it they say — like rock n’ roll. Fortunately there were three other amps on stage to choose from and I’m happy to note that our audience were understanding and supportive and cheering us on. It’s not an easy transition to emerge from the darkness of the studio world with your ears neurotically tuned to every little right/wrong nuance of the upcoming recorded songs and then to make the switch to a live set. However, it is indeed a very welcome change! We are excited to be joining our local musical counterparts again on the local Montreal scene. And not to mention setting a release date for our first studio EP. Stay tuned!

Bienvenue Antoine!  

June 14, 2016 

A little major update in our lineup: we've once again had to change up the bass player role and we are happy to announce a friendly face to our troupe. We even had him secure a place on the forthcoming POLYSONICA EP. We're playing on July 8 for those in town... 

Ravi

Tick tock 

May 9, 2016 

It’s been a while since I’ve made an update but we’ve been busy – quiet – but busy. Delays and set backs, people and plans change, dreams may rage but life drives on. Winding clocks wind down and we are running out of time. Time waits for no man and we lost one along the way. Such is life in the game of music; or is that supposed to be... 


So I put out a call and the fates answered. We welcome our newest band member and just in time for the summer breeze and music festivals; in this city of artistry and debauchery and madness and freedom, we’re still unfolding... 

Ravi

Noize 

February 17, 2016  

Guitars growl. Voices cry. Drums boom. Basses buzz. 

Ravi

Happy holidays  

December 27, 2015 

Hello and happy holidays in whatever way you might celebrate this annual season of reflection, love, and giving. I've taken a moment to reflect myself, on how far this band has come this past year. Thru the grace of time and a pocketful of luck between the collection of lint in my pockets of wasted thoughts and days, we've managed to muster together in what I might daresay is a harmonious effort to put forth our first real submission of music to the public's ear. We're almost there and so very excited to share our sound with you. And with that, we're pushing forward into the new year with a kind of deliberate foolishness, myself at the helm, of what may come, and what may be, whoever is to know, and what powers may forgive, ready or not: here we go! Much has yet to be said, much is still in the box of dreams I keep tucked under my bed, much is still ... well, we shall see as time always tells. 

Ravi

Drum rolls and contests and rock shows, oh my! 

November 26, 2015

Ok. Sometimes life gets busy. Here is an update. We are on to recording drums for POLYSONICA. Very happy to be at this stage, where sounds start to culminate into a more understandable feel of what might emerge as the 'final' product. In any case, we are hoping to set a release date soon. And maybe a few peeks behind the curtains... 

In other news, we are competing in a competition - you can check it out here: ROCKALYPSE. I can tell you that it will be our most exciting performance to date and the venue isn't so shabby either! ;) Montreal locals can check purchase tickets directly from us, would love to see you there; email slowpowerup@gmail.com for details. 

Ravi

Aoi's new toy  

August 21, 2015 

What happens when we get locked out of our studio and have to wait for our bandmate to show up with the spare key? Why, we go for a stroll along the canal, of course: 

Pushing the red button and tangling wires 

August 8, 2015  

The last two days in studio have been a spectacular struggle. Troubleshooting has its good and bad days. I keep thinking that there has got to be a better way to handle the to-do checklist. If there is any consolation to be found, it is in the moments that we have managed to capture and that we are heading in a direction that feels right. There are other moments between head scratching and teeth grinding that I feel needs to be written down as well - if only to say that this recording business ain't easy! I can only tell myself that at any level, there are limitations: budget & time being the most obvious ones. Despite those odds, it's best to keep in mind that the only real limitations we face are our own selves. The way we choose to play our instruments take after take to bring perfection to the captures brings a certain measure of complacency if we're not careful to keep in mind that we are in fact sculpting emotions for every string plucked and every snare drum tapped. If you waver for even a microsecond, and the metronome is always ticking, you'll falter, you'll lose your nerve, and you'll cave in to hesitation. Hesitation is death in a recording context. The tension between making every note crisp and layering the tracks with feeling is a mental battle that every recording musician endures; but the question of a perfect or imperfect capture is not about precision, but of spirit. In this sense, human beings become instruments and our musical instruments become extensions of our intentions. Dare I say that they're pure..? 

Ravi

Who's in charge here? 

July 27, 2015

Band practice in between recording sessions carries a restless kind of tension. You show up, ready to play, but some part of you just wants to revel in all the exciting things that you want to be happening all at once. What does this mean? It means there's so much to do and schedules are tight, which means time is limited. This also means we're forced to cram everything into short little sessions of "how should we spend our time together?" The work muse is always calling for more, however. It will never be satisfied. In my experience, you have to keep giving everything to it until you find a new project. Some kind of eerie symbiosis - when you're away, you can't stop thinking about the work. When you're arranging to get together with the work, it incessantly nags at you. Only when you're in the work - in unison with it, does the tension ease, the cellphones cease to exist, and you find yourself in harmony with all that should be, and the hours flutter by without a care.  

Ravi

Cornflower blue 

July 24, 2015 

William and I had set down some thick bass tracks long before this update - almost forgot how painstaking it was to micromanage hectic schedules, cancellations, and the pressure to "play with feeling" (as they say) to a click. They are more like blips than clicks. Well, you can pretty much customize anything these days. In any case, having Mike come in to do his metronome snare tricks was a cinch and then we could move on to me. My usual hemming and hawing about tone and better tone can be, to say the least, consuming. Since I'm writing this post, I get to be generous with myself but I often wonder how it works for other neurotic control freaks who feel the burning need to "get it right" (as they say). I think accepting your role is important when you're in the middle of a D.I.Y. frame of mind. You can get caught up being a ping-pong ball sometimes, though...which is why I prefer not being alone in the studio. But 5+ studio hours spent tweaking and strumming and plucking and tuning (and re-tuning ad nauseam) your guitar until you've convinced yourself you've got it right (as I say) is its own rite of passage - best to do it on your own. Our studio is actually a makeshift basement-dungeon with a cover page image from something out of Fight Club meets Breaking Bad (more to say on the studio later). Something about being under the gaze of the soft and steady buzzing fluorescent lights can be strangely comforting where, normally, with others around, it is regarded as an annoyance. Productivity has a strange (and sweet, of course) siren's call.  

Moving along... 

When I was sure I was done, I checked and double checked (and to be honest, I checked about 30 times) to make sure everything was balanced, sounding like I wanted, and not under any pressure to meet others' expectations. What am I making? Why am I doing this? Wooing yourself isn't easy when you're criticizing yourself through the whole process. Productivity demands that you keep your bored bandmates interested though - so, I call up Aoi: 

"Let's plug you in." 
"Ok." 
Well, that was easy...

4+ hours later: tweaking, frowning, finally settling on the Les Paul with the Fender amp - we get this glistening tone on the main harmony and a charming jangle-y sparkle on the chorus - another guitar track done. Not quite ready for the surgical part yet (mixing) - but it's oh-so-tempting! What awaits us instead is a bit of rinse-and-repeat. One more track for me to go. The others always seem to just fall in place when I'm out of the way; or maybe it just seems too easy when the pressure is off. But then it's not as fun, you see. 

Ravi