All good things to those who wait…

Written by neil on 2 September, 2019 in Recording with no comments.

All good things to those who wait[1] …of course, while you wait, a lot of other stuff might come your way too, like a Layers blog post but, hey, you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth, right? The news for those of you eagerly awaiting a new Layers album though, is rather splendidly […]

The myriad joys of recording – volume 3

Written by neil on 18 February, 2015 in Ramblings and Recording with no comments.

“When I were t’lad we ‘ad to do wi’owt bloody MIDI. In my day we ‘ad to spend three days attaching microphones to a drum kit before you could even think of recording. And by then your drummer ‘ad like as not choked on ‘is own vomit.” “Aye, an’ the recordin’ software were dead clunky. […]

New Year’s unresolved issues…

Written by neil on 17 January, 2013 in Recording with no comments.

As two-faced Janus watches Father Time cut the Gordian knot and let slip the dogs of war, I reflect that my New Year’s resolution to use less pretentious metaphors may have gone out of the window already. Even now it feels like 2013 has been with us forever and whatever belly full of Olympic sunshine […]

Goats in the machine

Written by neil on 20 November, 2012 in Recording with one comment.

Star date 36-24-36, if I’m lucky. Chief Science officer’s log. Captain of the USS Layers – her five year mission to boldly explore new ways to cock up perfectly good songs – is absent from the bridge and not, for a change, because he’s nipped out for a piss. In front of us is a […]

(Fanfare, please…)

Written by neil on 19 November, 2009 in Recording with no comments.

Yes, with many a hooray, pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-paaaahs and airborne millinery, we are delighted to fulfil the promise that we made in our last post and announce the lavish gala that is the album launch. All over the UK, renters of Armani tuxedos, stretch limos and ear defenders are greasing the mechanisms of their tills in anticipation […]

The myriad joys of recording (redux)

Written by neil on 3 September, 2009 in Recording with no comments.

Long time fans and regular readers who’ve managed to slip out of their straight jackets, padded cells, thorazine-induced coma etc. for long enough to get to a computer may well be wondering what’s become of The Layers’ much-vaunted, long-awaited album. Well, we wouldn’t want to keep you in suspense for too long, so I’ll tell […]

Patience, patience…

Written by neil on 8 August, 2009 in Recording with no comments.

Greetings, gentle fans. We realise that by now, many of you will have chewed down your fingernails, torn out your hair and ground your teeth to nubs wondering: “When, oh when will the Layers relase an album.” Or you may not give a toss, who can say? Wherever you may happen to be on that […]

The myriad joys of recording (pt II)

Written by neil on 27 September, 2007 in Recording with no comments.

Keen observers of the Layers site will have noticed (between adminstrations of powerful psychotropic drugs) that we’ve posted a new set of recordings. For those of you just waiting for Neil to royally fuck up another vocal, you’re in for a treat as I still fail to hit the right notes on the first verse […]

The myriad joys of recording (pt I)

Written by neil on 30 July, 2007 in Recording with no comments.

Those of you not currently experiencing the aftermath of a prefrontal lobotomy will have been eagerly looking forward to hearing our demos on the site. If you are post-prefrontal, you can’t look forward to anything, it must be weird. Our hearts go out to you. Anyway, here are some preliminary mixdowns to start with and […]