Our music is now available on cdbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rubycalling.
In addition, we can be found at http://rubycalling.bandcamp.com.
Soon, our music will be available on iTunes. We will keep you posted!
Yesterday we were asked if we have ever recorded before. I said, “Yes, twice.” But my band mate quickly reminded me that wasn’t true. We had actually to that point recorded 5 times. Three times at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls (in two separate bands), once in a our basement practice space and once at Jackpot! Studios. Oh yeah! I forgot about those first three times. I guess they were kind of practice sessions. I think it is worth it to get some recording experience before you, “go for the gold.” There are many things to figure out and to learn.k
We did have a recording session yesterday at Nettleingham Audio in Vancouver, Washington. We recording a single song called the Enchantress of Numbers. The engineer recently graduated from recording school and our drummer had never before recorded so it was a day full of learning. All in all it was a good experience for everyone. Molly, the drummer, was a champ as was engineer Jay.
We can’t wait to hear the results and we can’t wait to share them with you!
The band, in its new iteration, is going back to the studio on Sunday, May 19, 2013 to record the song about Ada Lovelace entitled Enchantress of Numbers. We are excited to be working with new recording Engineer, Jay at a studio in Vancouver, Washington. We will keep you posted on how things go.
In the mean time, if you want to hear some Ruby Calling right now…go to rubycalling.bandcamp.com for a quick fix.
Ruby Calling will be playing a set at a benefit for the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls on 5/5/2013 at the Backspace in Portland, OR. We will be playing with two other local bands, Piefight! and Lather, Rinse, Repeat. It should be a fun show for a good cause. Show starts at 3pm. Backspace is located at 115 NW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97209. We plan to play at least one new song. Hope to see you there!
I recently shared the new Ruby Calling EP with a great local radio station KZME. I guess they liked it because they played a song today! Yay! It is a dream come true to share our music with the world. Do you have your copy of our EP? If not go here: rubycalling.bandcamp.com.
In other news, the band is working on a cover for Christmas for our friends at The Big Show. It is now stuck in our heads and we are contemplating busting out a video. Stay tuned.
In this post I want to tell you about Ruby Calling’s second recording experience. To find out more about our first recording experience, go here.
There was a lot of thrash about when we would record. I had originally wanted to record in the spring but our schedules didn’t align to make that happen. In fact, I had a bit of a crisis. I felt like I was committed to recording but the rest of the band was not. In fact, I felt like I needed quit the band and start a new band of people who wanted to record! After an emotional heart to heart with my band mates, we decided to set a goal to record in the fall — together. We spent a lot of time honing the list of songs that to record and practicing them and practicing them and practicing them.
Jean and I had done some research on recording studios in Portland. We narrowed our list down to two which we visited. We liked both of them but I the funky 70′s colors mixed with the high-tech vibe of Jackpot Recording Studios appealed to both of us. There were two recording engineers at Jackpot!: Larry Crane and Kendra Lynn. Having been a huge fan of TapeOp magazine and knowing that Larry Crane had recorded many of my favorite bands (Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip, The Decemberists), I was partial to him. One of my band members thought it would be cool to have a woman engineer. We decided to go with Kendra. Kendra was super responsive and very professional. We had not recorded in an official recording studio before and she was very patient with our questions. Our band fumbled around a little but Kendra never missed a beat. She got everything set up and ready to go. She told us what to do and expect. She guided us to record the very best takes. She was an absolute pro with the recording software and driven to find the best sound. She was very calm and made the entire recording session a pleasant experience. It was awesome.
And then…she took our raw tracks and performed magic on them. Not that we don’t really sound that good [insert winky eye here]…but she took the best of the best and wove them into something…more. I am extremely pleased and proud of the results and happy that we went with Kendra.
I am not going to lie though…recording was kind of brutal. Even after practicing the same thing over and over, I am not sure we were prepared to play it again and again with the added burden of being recorded. At one point I thought my fingers were going to fall off! (Who wrote that damn bass line..oh yeah…I did). And recording isn’t all playing and playing and playing. It is more playing and playing and sitting and waiting. It is exciting. And scary. And totally fulfilling. I loved it.
My friend Mike, Ruby Calling’s official cinematographer, came and shot some photos and some video. I am curious to see what became of it…perhaps he is still working on it??? Mike???
After the recordings were agreed upon we had to get them mastered. Since we were adding in a song that wasn’t recorded with the rest, we needed to find someone who could take two different recording sessions and make them one seamless EP. We chose to go with Sky Onion and Gus was great to work with. He mastered the songs such that they flowed from one to another plus he helped us determine the order. I enjoyed working with him.
So here is the end result: http://rubycalling.bandcamp.com/. We are a band of many, many songs. These songs represent but a sampling of our repertoire. I cannot wait to share the rest with you.
In the past year, Ruby Calling had two very different recording experiences. The first was a “basement recording” of Crow Girl where an engineer came to our practice space (said basement) and recorded us. The drummer and the guitarist were in one room. The bassist (me), the bass amp and the guitar amp were in another room. This was our first experience playing in separate rooms. It was strange! We recorded the instruments with several takes of the song along with a scratch vocal*. Then, we recorded the vocals on top of the instruments with a big fancy microphone. It was a pretty low key experience for me and I enjoyed it. I especially liked singing while NOT playing an instrument. This was very freeing and made me feel like a true rock star. I was able to really focus on what I was doing. When I was playing bass I was totally focused on that and when I was singing I was totally focused on getting the best sound I could from my voice. After we finished recording, the engineer took the recordings home to mix them. We went back and forth a few times over email trying to get it just right. I am really pleased with the results which can be found on our EP. Take a listen here: http://rubycalling.bandcamp.com/track/crow-girl.
* A scratch vocal is a “throw away” vocal that is recorded on an early take. It is piped into headphones and then the instruments play along with it. It helps keep the song timing and keeps vocals from bleeding into the other instruments during recording.
While our absence from this web page may lead you to believe that we disappeared, we have not! In fact, we have been in the studio recording our very first EP entitled Ignite. The EP will contain 5 songs and will be available via Bandcamp. We will let you know when it is available.
Ruby Calling donated an MP3 for “The Patio” to friend-of-the-band, Colleen Wainwright. Colleen recently raised over $60,000 for a LA non-profit called WriteGirl which benefits teen girls. The MP3 was given to people who donated as a perk. It was included in the “communicatrix song pack” and the “Digital MONSTER Pack”. It will go out in a total of 507 packs which means we may get 507 new fans! For more information on Colleen’s campaign go here.
Speaking of fans, our Facebook fan page has 98 fans. Who will be number 100?
The band has been working up a new song. We have already begun sketch out the storyboard for the video and we hope Mike Northcott will collaborate with us again! We also invented a little dance to go with the song. You are going to love it!
We still don’t have any shows booked right now. After a busy summer it was nice to take a break but we are ready to get back out there and play. Know of anywhere we should be playing? Let us know!