A Sneak Preview…

Our songs new and old are currently having a little polish and shine with the lovely people over at Black Saloon Studios. In the meantime, while we’re not going to bang a drum about it, we thought we’d slyly put up the un-mastered versions of the new tracks to give you all a little sneak preview of the wondrous things which lie ahead.

You can also hear the tracks on our Music page.

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The Studio. Where we hear EVERYTHING. Part III.

The new beats are laid down! Slowly but surely, interspersed with glimpses of Brick lane daylight and Dead Pony Club ale, two days in a den of practised and instinctive sounds was a mighty fine way for us to spend the weekend. 12 hour days fly by in there with the similarly mighty fine Bryan Wilson and his insured ears at our side steering us adventurously through to land.

And land we did. Ourselves. With two more The Infinite Wilds tracks on record. Which, for any die-hard fans who have been counting, gives us six recorded of which four will be winging their way onto our upcoming shiny new EP! A launch you ask for? A LAUNCH WE BRING YOU! Get your indelible ink out and write us in your diaries (ok, smart phones will do) for the 13th April. Right now please. Details to follow! (TIW ED – Yes, I’ll get this up soon as I get a chance!)

Alice TIW.

Simon and Anjay laughing with glockenspiels

No glockenspiels were harmed during the making of this media

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A walk in the Forest

So, we decided to take a leisurely stroll through Epping Forest last weekend. It was a damn sight colder than you might think and, also, who knew forests were so muddy? Not great for those of us in brogues.

We had some excellent shots taken of us, however, by friend-of-the-band, photo-jedi, and all round good egg Steven Anthony. Not a whiff of Instagram for miles.

Enjoy. (Click for much bigger versions).

The Infinite Wilds. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

The Infinite Wilds. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Side on. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Side on. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

The Infinite Wilds out in the open. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

The Infinite Wilds out in the open. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

 

Side on. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Side on. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Full band and tree. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Full band and tree. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Alice. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Alice. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Anjay. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Anjay. Black and white. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Simon. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Simon. Colour. Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Alexei. Black and white.Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

Alexei. Black and white.Copyright Steven Anthony Photography.

See our gallery for more pictures.

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2013 and all that Jazz

Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. And a Delightful Detox as of yesterday too (if, like us, you’re still kidding yourselves about trying to be healthy for a few days).

Having wound down for December and had some well earned R&R, The Infinite Wilds ARE GO FOR 2013!

Well almost. After another mince pie.

And maybe a nap.

And what a few months we have ahead of us. We’re expecting to be busy with recordings, mastering, and gigging in the months ahead. With any luck, we’ll also have a brand new shiny EP to show for it all as well.

Artwork, photographs, and other visuals are all simmering away nicely on the back-burner and we’re going to get our teeth into them over the weeks and months that follow, though we should have something to tantalise you all with sooner rather than later.

But first and foremost, we’re really looking forward to getting back into the studio with Brian, and putting down one or two tracks in our session in January. It’s always hard to know exactly what you’re going to come out of the studio with, but we’re in good hands up in Brick Lane, so are hopeful that we’ll get a couple of excellent recordings of songs we know you’ll love out of it.

We’re also looking into gigs in the immediate future, but as always we’re very selective about where and when we play (there are FAR too many graveyard slots on a weekday night out there – we’re looking at you The Monto Water Rats) so we’ll announce any details as and when we get them.

In the meantime, we’re trying to think of words that rhyme exactly with “infinite”. Any takers?

TIW

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November Recordings: The Procession Sessions

The studio. The middle bit between writing and playing. Famously, it’s where the magic happens. It’s also a double-edged sword – a place where dreams are realised, or bands are broken. As a musician, it is both your harshest critic, and one of the biggest sources of joy and fulfilment. You’re formally laying your collective soul bare and offering it up for The World to hear. That’s a pretty frightening place to be.

Live, sometimes being a bit ramshackle can have a charm to it. And when you’re writing, you don’t have to nail concepts down too hard; you can play around with things, or give yourself options and the time and space for them to flourish.

“Let’s throw a Greek Chorus, some spoken word and some war drums on there when we get in the studio, yeah? We can think about it closer to the time. It sounds great in my head.”

Sorted.

Keys - Nina Haigh

Artwork for “Procession” – Copyright Nina Haigh

But when you’re recording, you need to be precise. Or more importantly, you need to get it “right”. Not so right that you may as well have just programmed the music into a sequencer. And not so unright (not a word, I know – blame Facebook) that you’re selling yourselves and your ideas short.

Oh, and by the way, the meter is ticking. No pressure.

We love going into the studio as a band because it allows us to realise all the different ideas that have been brewing and gestating in every rehearsal and after every gig. We love the studio because it also allows us to try things out we just can’t practically do in a rehearsal room or in a live environment because we’re so busy trying to fight whatever’s causing that feedback, and see if we can’t boost this or that a little bit.

Doorways - Nina Haigh

Artwork for “Surrender, She Said” – Copyright Nina Haigh

The songs we recorded this time around, Procession and Surrender, She Said, are two very different tracks where we wanted to play around with a lot of different aspects of things that we like as a band, but also making sure that they were something which was *us*.

Relatively speaking the turn around between writing these songs and going into the studio was breath-takingly quick – somewhere around a month. And we managed to play a couple of gigs too.

We’re really thrilled with the way these two tracks have turned out, and are excited about the prospect of them getting an extra shine and a polish when we get all our recordings mastered (probably towards the end of January, pop-pickers). We’re also overwhelmed by the positive and energetic response we’ve had to them as well. We’re not really in a phase of actively pushing and promoting ourselves or our material, so unsolicited feedback is always very gratifying! You can all come again.

We’re already looking forward to going back into the studio in January, and working with Bryan again. We’ve got some more songs written, though with any luck we’ll have even more to choose from when we record.

As always, have some photos in the meantime.

Simon, between takes at 123 Studios in November 2012

Simon, between takes

Alexei waiting in the control room at 123 Studios in November 2012

There can be long periods of waiting…

Mixing Desk at 123 Studios in November 2012

Actually, we used Pro-Tools. This desk was pretty much just a piece of cool looking furniture.

Men playing chess on Brick Lane

Apparently there was a world outside…

Alice getting her "war drums" down for Procession at 123 Studios in November 2012

Alice getting her war drums ready for Procession. That’s her game face.

Anjay at 123 Studios in November 2012

Anjay getting his Dancehall beat down

Outboard rack at 123 Studios in November 2012

Part of the outboard rack.

Bryan and Alexei in the studio at 123 Studios in November 2012

Bryan has the patience of a saint and the ears of an owl.

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LISTEN: New Songs!

*HOT OFF THE PRESS* Unmastered mixes of the two tracks we recorded at 123 Studios in Brick Lane this weekend with the fantastic Bryan Wilson.

You can listen on our Music page or right here:

Full blog to follow, but after the bagels and the hungover energy of the recording session, we’re really thrilled with the way both of these tracks turned out. We love a mix of Gypsy Dancehall and War Opera (Wapera?) to start off our Tuesday.

Don’t you?

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The Infinite Wilds Out In The Wilderness

After a build up to our two brill gigs last week, TIW, it has to be said, are feeling a little lost. The bow is bereft of its strings. The plectrum is pining for phalanges. The crash is craving some attack, and the bass is begging for bari-tones.

We basically enjoyed our moment up on that stage so much that we just want to be doing it all the time! So when we’re not doing it…what do we do?

We drink, we eat and we concoct our next storm of course!  And the eye of this storm is gravitating towards East London and gathering momentum over Brick Lane next weekend when we are back into the recording studios. It happens to be round the corner from Brick Lane Beigel Bakery and our collective excitement for the scrumptious salt beef bagel runs almost outweighs that of recording.

We just can’t wait to get more of our sound down on record and hope you will enjoy the result. Look out for photos and updates next week!

In the meantime, have a photo of some wilderness instead.

Wilderness

Wilderness

Big Love

Alice TIW

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The Afterglow: Gigs, Photos, and going into The Studio

It’s been quite a comedown from the frenetic activity and buzz of the last week. Firstly, thank you to everyone who came down to see us at Surya and The Cavendish Arms – we were overwhelmed by the support and the numbers of people who made it down! It’s always great to see so many people willing to come out and support live music at the grass roots, and it obviously means a lot to a little band like ourselves who are just starting out on what we hope will be our epic odyssey. Or at least a pleasant ramble. “Epic” is a bit of a dirty word these days.

We have some new photos which are up in the Gallery, but you can also see them below. They’re mostly from our gig at Surya, and have been kindly provided by Victoria Ahmed and Steve Johnson (cheers guys!). If anyone else took any photos which you’d like to sling our way, please do; we’ll try and get as many up on the blog as we can!

We’re now looking forward to a well earned week off (although without any gigs to immediately look forward to, we’re all feeling rather bereft!) before limbering up to go into the studio to record some of our new material, at the end of the month.

Epic.

In fact, we’re positively brimming with excitement about recording again, and with luck, we’ll be able to let you sneakily preview the new tracks by the end of the year, before we go back in for a second time in early January to record some more. We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos. (Click for bigger versions)

Alexei and Alice’s DI Box @Surya 1st November 2012

Anjay (just), Simon and Alexei @Surya 1st November 2012

Simon, Alexei and Alice @Surya 1st November 2012

Simon @Surya 1st November 2012

The lesser spotted Anjay finally in plain sight @Cavendish Arms 2nd November 2012

Simon and Alexei in colour @Surya 1st November 2012

Alexei and Alice singing @Surya 1st November 2012

Alexei and Simon in black and white @Surya 1st November 2012

Alice @Surya 1st November 2012

Alexei and Simon @Surya 1st November 2012

Simon, Alexei and Alice take a bow @Surya 1st November 2012

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FINAL UPDATE: Our November gigs

Okay, so the final update ahead of our brace of gigs next week is as follows:

Thursday – Surya, Pentonville Road. We are on SECOND at 8:40.

Ambervision
The Hoi Polloi
The Infinite Wilds
Journal Keepers

Advance tickets at £4 are available here: www.wegottickets.com/event/190858 and the regular door price is £6. If you let us know in advance we can put you down on the list, however, for a £5 ticket. A map of how to get there is here: http://www.suryalondon.com/contact.html

Friday – The Cavendish Arm, Stockwell. We are on FIRST at 8pm sharp. Full line-up (IN CAPS):

CHANGELING
CHRIS ELLINOR
FRENETICS
GIANMARCO MESTICHELLA
JAMATONE
THE INFINITE WILDS (nice that they spelled it right this time…)

It’s free to get in. Address is here. SEE YOU ALL THERE!

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Spiders, Cats, and Crooked Halls

Excuse the Oxford Comma. We do love them.

Well, we’re back. Back in the miserable grey murk of The Albion having retreated from a weekend of singing, scribbling and, eventually slurring, in our 16th century Country Lodge, deep in the Suffolk countryside. Whether it’s a majestic, all-conquering return or a quiet via-the-backgate scuttle, we’ll leave to you to decide.

Being an Autumn(al) band, getting away on the cusp of the season’s change seems to have stoked our mojo as much as the rustic, gingerbread-folktale setting of our time away. The cottage we stayed in was so old that it didn’t appear to have a single straight surface, what with time and gravity having combined to pull the various beams, floors and hallways into unique and sloping or winding shapes (particularly to the bedrooms!). It was also home to many millions of spiders (or so it felt), muddy fields, and a rather grumpy cat.

The resulting songs are ones we’re very, very proud of, and are hoping to get polished enough to play at our gigs next week (full details still to follow ONCE the promoters get back to us).

In the meantime, have a few photos.

Simon's Bass and Amp

Rustic

Anjay in the cottage

Anjay Spengler – keeping the ghosts away

The Front Room

Where the magic happens

Lottie

Our grumpy lucky-charm

Drums

One half of The Engine Room

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