Available Winter 2003 (we hope)
02/04/2004 Oh so multitalented.
And now, we present a short play, performed by Lo-Fi Fiction:
Randy: Tonight�s short recording session went well.
Erick: Randy, let�s be honest here.
Randy: Ok, it went GREAT!
Erick: That�s what I needed to hear.
In Unison: HA HA HA HA!!
� Lo-Fi back in the studio later this week. The Return of Croden is highly rumoured.
01/31/2004 Bring the vocals on!
More vocals recorded on Saturday. Randy took the microphone and told it to get a haircut and
get a real job. This is ironic, as Randy just got a new job and a haircut. But his hair was
not yet cut during recording, so I better not get ahead of myself. Recording went well, and
we got the job done on a couple of songs. Our choice was this: turn off the noisy space
heater, be cold, and record, OR, be warm with the space heater and not record. Since we were
in a recording studio, it only made sense to sack up and capture some performances. Thank
you thank you thank you Unnamed local engineer for the hot gear. You�ll see pictures HERE of us in action, and please notice
Croden, our interim bass player. He says he wants the full time gig, so his probation will
be attempting to record the bass lines on the album. He hung out in the studio with us on
Saturday to get a feel for the songs and see what he could come up with in his head.
Admittedly, we were a bit skeptical about Croden at first, but his ideas were right up our
collective alley. We�ll keep you posted on whether or not he lands the job. He doesn�t have
internet so there�s no real risk in him seeing this posting the short term. We are going to
get back in the studio this coming weekend in hopes that Justin Timberlake will rip off our
shirts. Unintentional, my alley!
01/27/2004 Excuses Excuses
Well after almost a month off, I have headed back in to finish this so called
record. At this point, it just sounds like a collection of instrumentals. After many
many idle promises, you can listen to some new stuff by clicking here. It the little
know song South America. This is a rough mix with unfixed vocals and some
rough ideas, so give me some grace. Erick and I are headed back into the studio this
Saturday so check back soon for more info and maybe some more music (hows that for a
12/06/03 By Randy
Well keyboards are pretty much done except for one song. We are holding out
the hope that we can use the last of our band money to pay a monster organ
player to play the parts. This weekend we actually found Barrett and dragged
him to the studio to record percussion. Click here to see us at
"work". I have got out of my cloudy-doom-cloudy-mind-set and started
recording some vocals. It sounds amazing thanks to a loan of some hot gear
from a friend (to protect him, he shall remain unnamed but thanked
regardless). Oh yeah, Jason Ingersol stopped by to annoy both Erick (who
dressed up for the occasion against my will) and I.
11/15/03 By Randal
What have we been doing for the last couple of weeks you ask? Well we
moved to our new home thanks to our good friend Perry. Erick and I have
been hammering out keyboard and loop parts. Vocals will start soon also.
The vibe is good. To view some picts, click here. In other
news, we did get a hold of Barrett.
10/25/03 The Lo Down
Today was the final day of recording at our current studio space.
That's right; it's gone, done, over with, kaput. We'll miss you,
space. We're taking a week off recording to relocate to our
apartments and friends' studios so we can finish recording.
Fortunately, after finishing the day today we realized that we have
in our hands (actually, it's still in the hard drive) what is
beginning to sound like a great album. We are still working on 13
songs and haven't begun hating any of them yet which is a good sign.
It's been fun to try to new arrangements and freshen up the tracks.
In other news � BARRETT PLEASE CALL US!! We do not know where our
drummer is. Honestly. His cell phone is shut off and we don't know
any of his other friends' numbers. We have not seen him in about 4
weeks because we've been sneakily tracking guitars without him
there. Of course, the chances of this web shout out actually working
are not s'hot. The Lo Down is as follows:
- So far, Randy and Erick (and we think barrett) are stoked
on the record
- We don't have a bass player for shows and we need one. It
is important to play shows when you are a "band." We ain't
no studio bound XTC, dernitt. Do you want to be our bass
player? Email us.
- Citizens, give us our Barrett back. We know he's out there.
Barrett, as a citizen you are allowed to give yourself back.
Also, R.I.P. to Elliott Smith - his music and presence will be
09/24/03 By Randy
Obviously I should be reading Erick's posts. I mean only
about 75% of this stuff is funny (error margin of +/-
20%). From someone who has started calling himself "the
solution", I expect more funny. Hey "the solution"
why don't you make me laugh, huh? Any way check
out some photos by clicking
here. I think we have guitars done for one song?
9/20/03 By Erick the Solution
I just got home from the studio after a solid day of
recording. We made major headway on a few songs,
cranking out a lot of the electric guitars on
"tonight is alright", "closure", and "dressed up in
red". Our friend JR was in town to mix a record for
a band and we all hit the casino last night pretty
hard. I am amazed we got so much done after such a
late night of high rolling. I was stoked to win
$1,545 on roulette after only starting out with $50.
"Staying power, gentleman, STAYing POWer." That's
what the old guy at our table kept telling me and I
apparently gleaned a lot from his wisdom. This is
comes at a good time because now I can afford to
purchase some desperately needed gear � like
replacing my now busted Champ amp. The story: Since
our studio overlooks a busy street we thought it
would be cool to try some new techniques today with
guitars. Randy has a lot of tools and tool bags and
assorted belts and stuff so we actually rigged and
suspended my amp outside of a window and recorded a
take of guitar just blaring out into the street for
"tonight is alright". It was a double track to my
guitar solo, and we wanted a fresh sound. We got the
amp out the window fine and left a room mic in the
studio to pick up the sound. But the first take
proved to be the last, and the amp crashed down onto
the ground when we rolled take two. No one was hurt,
but the amp had to be tossed. Since we have recorded
virtually none of the guitars that we wanted to use
the champ for, I need to buy a new one with my
winnings. That's okay I guess, but I really loved
the one I had. We'll think twice about innovation
from now on. Thank goodness for gambling, guitars,
and second chances.
9/11/03 By Erick the
Last night acoustic guitars were recorded. There
is wisdom in using crappy guitars. Bad makes
Good. String Cheese, pepperoni, and safeway
Chinese tasted better with that big jug of pinot
noir, and the recordings began to sound quite
warm as well. At this point I think we are
actually making a record instead of talking
about making a record. Randy and I decided to
really change the vibe of 2 of the songs because
the arrangements were worn out, and we know that
by the time we start to tour on this record
we're going to want the songs to be fresh. We're
finding that being musicians is about
selfishness just as much as it is about giving
music away to "the people." I'm not convinced
that we will ever really learn to share. While
we were recording, one of our ex-girlfriends
(who shall remain unidentified) called the
studio looking for a pair of claves she'd left
at our old location. For those of you who don't
know, it's bad luck to hold on to stuff like
that so alas, she was up a crick.
[Editors note: Happy Birthday Erick]
8/30/2003 By Randy
Drums are done! Thats right, all 13 songs
(that we are recording at this time) are
recorded. View some pictures here.
Guitar tracking will continue. I will post a
MP3 soon (and by soon I mean sometime before
the record is done like in October or
November or you know soon). You have to hear
these drums, they are out of control.
8/28/2003 By Randy
After recording 7 songs of drums last
Saturday, Erick and I started tracking
guitars. Bad news - I currently suck at
guitar. HA! At least the recording
sounds hot. Samples soon, I promise.
8/14/2003 By Randy
After yet (another) break we wrapped
up pre-production for the record.
Good news - we are ready to throw
down some music on tape. Look for
stuff to really start rolling now...
Well recording didn't start, but
I will summarize what work DID
happen. We upgraded our
studio and cleaned it.
View some picts, here.
We also decided to sell a bunch
of stuff on ebay that we never
use. Help us
out and buy this stuff. We plan
on tracking some drum stuff to
get used to the new gear on
This is the official place
to find out any and all info
on the new lo-fi fiction
record Friends at
Gunpoint. Stay tuned
for updates, MP3s, picts,
and more. First I will let
you know the plan (as of
July 2003). We are starting
tracking this Saturday at The
Aaron Sprinkle is lending us
a hand to record the single,
Buy a Vowel, on
August 16. Some of the
upcoming songs will include
album versions of Five Days
and Moments Later, The Drive
Home, Tonight is Alright,
Talker and Closure. Expect
to see Don't
Count Me Out, Buy a
Vowel, South America,
Dressed Up (extended
version), The Second Time,
and a few unnamed tracks as
well. We are currently
planning on releasing it
ourselves unless some label