Dear G

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Dear G

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The whole day I was more than a little nervous about doing my vocals. We had done a version of Vampires in our rehearsal studio similar to how we recorded the attic demo, "Dreams About Stabbing And Or Being Stabbed." The vocals on the demo came out terrible and sounded nothing like they did when we play the song live. We began to wonder if maybe I just come out bad on recordings. I've heard stories about bands that were solely live bands, and didn't translate well when recorded.
The day came to record and we took the drive up to Nada in upstate NY. As soon as we stepped out of the Pencey Prep van, I felt at ease. It had just rained and everything was gray and damp. The studio was on a dead-end street and there was this nice little house that didn't seem to fit its surroundings. We started laying down drum tracks and John brought to our attention that the tempo for the song was 187. We're a little superstitious and took this as an omen. We then layed down guitar tracks and everything sounded great, but I started to get more nervous thinking I was going to botch up the whole recording by sounding like a little girl or coming off flat. Mike layed over his bass tracks in record time and then we broke down the drums, getting ready to do vocals. We started moving the drums out to the van and I was surprised to see what it looked like outside. The sky had become dark blue and jet black and the wind was so strong we thought Mikey was going to blow away. Trees were whipping around and a huge storm was rolling in, but it was strangely warm and felt very comforting. Then I knew my vocals were going to come out just the way I wanted, I could feel this weird excitement. Everything felt charged with energy. I then went into the recording room and got ready. Alex came in and gave me a hug for good luck - then he punched me in the jaw. The rest is history. -g"

i wish there was more stuff from the early days on here.

"Stay out of the sun. Watch your back. And sharpen your knives."
-T