“Live To Fight Another Day” – another update!!!

Sessions for “Live To Fight Another Day” have been going really, really well…we have now listed a few more of the tracks and guests here:

http://thefeckers.net/2018/05/08/live-to-fight-another-day-2019/

Getting to work with Neil Murray and Tony Franklin has been a huge blessing and their work sounds fantastic – thankfully they really got into the spirit of things and have been as wonderful as the rest of our mates in the Feckers realm.

                     Richard & Chris (and Fat Yak’s)

Chris and I are finally catching up in person next week, firstly on Monday October 15, 2018 – we’re off to see the mighty Cheap Trick in concert, then the next day we’re going to record some vocals and backing vocals for the album (pics/video to come), before I fly out Wednesday to Brisbane, and Chris flies out to Sydney….we’ll meet up again on the Thursday in Brisbane for another round of CT asskicking!

I fly home on the Friday and then we commence getting the last few tracks up to album worthy speed (once Chris gets back home himself that is), there’s just some wee arrangement ideas we need to tweak then we can get Dennis knocking out some drum tracks.

Currently we’re waiting on more of the lead vocal tracks to be completed (Roy, Alexey and Raphael all have some stuff yet to be finished), as well as a few other guest cameo things (hopefully they all fall into place as intended), a few guitar tracks and some bass….we’ll also add any additional backing vocals as we go…the technical side of things (mixing, mastering, artwork, CD duplication etc etc) is being tended to in 2019. 

The aim at this stage is for a mid-late 2019 release date for “Live To Fight Another Day”, it would’ve been sooner but I am off to the UK/Ireland for a much needed (and deserved?) 3 week vacation where I will be meeting up with one of our cohorts (Paul Jolley) and at least a couple of our greatest supporters, as well as some family too. Whilst I hate to hold up production of this album, it’s a matter of having to, but rest assured this (and the other things we have planned) will be worth the wait!

We have already got a few tracks written now for album #3 (“Courage Of Conviction”), so a 2021 release time frame is being looked at for that – with a rock opera concept EP called “Renegade” planned for 2020. We’re also throwing around ideas for a couple of other special things…but more on those later when we can confirm their existence 🙂

 

thanks for hanging in there….

yours in Feckery…as always, Richard

Even More “Live To Fight Another Day” updates!!!

“The universe is telling us this should probably be an album and not an EP”

  • these words were uttered by Chris Szkup recently when we were in discussions as to what was actually happening behind the scenes……the end result, forget the 2xEP idea, we’re full steam ahead on album #2 “Live To Fight Another Day”….and then some….
writing sessions in 2010 where we wrote “King A.W.O.L”, “In These Quiet Moments” and “It’s All About The Music”
  • Late 2018 should hopefully see the release of at least one single from The Feckers – there is the plan to release another one in 2019 with an official conceptual video, we are in talks with an up and coming director about this at the moment (we like the idea of working with someone young and full of the ideas rather than some tired boring old bossy bastard!)

 

  • Recording of “Live To Fight Another Day” see’s a few more special guest cameo’s (more on them later) have happened this time around – both Chris and I have had a few pinch ourselves moments already.

 

  • Mid-Late 2019 we hope to wrap the 13 tracks we are working on for the album, this includes mixing and mastering (we’re also writing for 3rd album as well as various EP projects).

 

  • Dennis Leeflang is mixing/co-producing “Live To Fight Another Day” – and if he isn’t sick of us after that we will keep him onboard for the next album (we did mention there will be a 3rd album didn’t we?)  – note: Dennis is still playing the drums.

 

  • We are very pleased that we have the wonderful Dan Verkys back onboard to bring the artwork to life – I am pretty good at conjuring up ideas but totally crap at making them a happening thing, so it’s great that we have a guy of this nature onboard as part of the team.

 

  • On the talent front, a lot of the team that were on our debut album will be back in some form, Chris and I have had fun working out who’s playing/singing what – bouncing around ideas back and forth is always a fun thing for us – sometimes we have so many ideas that it leads us to planning for the future as well….

 

  • So how are the sessions going you may ask…..you may also get an answer, and that would probably be (if you happened to ask)….fucking brilliantly! The energy levels are pretty high while things are going on – so much so that I have been running on less than my usual bugger all sleep, fielding emails, checking out mixes….flicking mp3’s, wav’s and all that technical good shit to the four winds has been a fun ride so far, and we really are only getting warmed up :p
“don’t forget the lyric sheet”
  • I recently had a recording session with Rob Smith engineering the vocal takes – it was good to be back in the swing of things as it has been quite some time since I last had a crack at something, what made this even more fulfilling was that both my best friend and my daughter were on hand to do a bit of backing vocal singing type stuff, miracles do happen…..

 

  • special thanks especially to Chris, Dennis, Rob, Uncle Pauly and Roy for helping to kick the ass out of these songs….

 

cheers for now, yours in Feckery – Richard

 

More “Live To Fight Another Day” updates!!!

Dennis Leeflang's recording setup on "Out Here In The Real World".
Dennis Leeflang’s recording setup on “Out Here In The Real World”.
Dennis Leeflang's recording setup on "In These Quiet Moments"!!
Dennis Leeflang’s recording setup on “In These Quiet Moments”!!

The last two weeks have seen further work on the forthcoming EP “Live to Fight Another Day”, with Dennis Leeflang nailing his drum tracks on “Out Here In The Real World”, “In These Quiet Moments” and “King AWOL”, from his new studio in LA, and it sounds like he’s having a blast!! Perhaps one day we might have to ask this guy to do a retake on something…..nah, come to think of, no we won’t!!

There is drums on one song to go, which just happens to be the title track “Live To Fight Another Day”. Says Richard about this one – “…the message behind this song is – be empowered, don’t let anyone strip you of your pride or sense of humour…”

We’re also very happy to announce that as well as the amazing drum and percussion parts he always brings, Dennis will also be handling mixing for the EP. Richard and Chris had been in discussions about who might be available, who they liked etc, when they realised that the perfect guy was already right under their noses, having even mixed the 4 singles released in 2012 prior to “It’d Be Rude Not To” coming out the following year.

Further news is that Carl Lindquist will be coming to the party with vocals on the track “Out Here In The Real World”. Carl previously joined us on the track “Music Keeps Me Sane”, which we did a goofy video for that you can see here if you haven’t already. To say we’re looking forward to teaming up again is an understatement!!

Chris performing on May 25, 2018 at The Basement Cafe and Bar in Melbourne, Australia!!
Chris performing on May 25, 2018 at The Basement Cafe and Bar in Melbourne, Australia!!

Chris recently got back to The Basement Cafe & Bar in Melbourne to bust out some forthcoming material as he is often known to do, as well as a few favourite covers. On this occasion it was “Out Here In The Real World” which got it’s second ever performance, as well as a forthcoming TCSO song called “One Half Of Two”.

“Devil’s Lament” underway in LA and Melbourne!!

"Devils Drums" - photo from Dennis Leeflang's studio, during the tracking of "Devil's Lament".
“Devils Drums” – Photo by Dennis Leeflang

This past week, “Devil’s Lament”, the second track from the “Live To Fight Another Day” EP has begun to take shape in both LA and Melbourne. Earlier on, Dennis Leeflang, with a nice new location and gear to break in, smashed out a killer drum track in LA, then by week’s end, Chris added some final tweaks to the guide vocals before sending the song to Roy Bratbakken, who will be bringing the brewtality from his dungeon in Norway!!

The song is a real straight up rock n roller, perhaps reminiscent of AC/DC as far as the riffs go, with quite a bit of room for lead guitar stuff – luckily we have one or two guys who can cover this role well in The Feckers!

Guide Vocals at CS-Songs
Guide Vocals at CS-Songs

This song began as some off the cuff riffing from Rob Smith some years back in New Zealand, and was originally intended for another project, although that didn’t come to be. Richard and Chris had heard the stuff, and could see the potential in the riffs, using an afternoon at Chris’ place in Melbourne to come up with vocal ideas and lyrics, again in a very off the cuff style similar to how the music was created.

We think anyone that enjoyed our earlier music will certainly be ok with this song and then some!

This coming week will see Dennis playing his parts on “Out Here In The Real World” and “In These Quiet Moments”,  the third and fourth songs from the EP. Stay tuned for more!!

Live To Fight Another Day (2019)

The Feckers – Live To Fight Another Day (2019)

This album is dedicated in loving memory of Bysh Szkup and William Work – men of a certain breed who taught us to believe in ourselves and to go for it and not let anyone tell us no.

1. Love Them Or Hate Them ft Roy (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
2. Devil’s Lament ft Roy (R.Smith, C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
3. Out Here In The Real World ft Roy (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
4. In These Quiet Moments ft Richard (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
5. Live To Fight Another Day ft Chris & Richard (R.Anderson, C.Szkup)
6. King A.W.O.L ft Raphael (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
7. Pardon Me ft Roy (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
8. This Is What We Do ft TBC (R.Smith)
9. Never Too Old To Rock ft Raphael (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
10. Walk To Destiny ft Alexey (A.Spectre, R.Anderson, arr: C.Szkup)
11. Don’t Mind If We Do ft Roy (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
12. Between Good & Evil ft Roy (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)

Project Co-Ordination by Richard Anderson & Chris Szkup
Produced and Arranged by Chris Szkup
Co-Produced & Mixed by Dennis Leeflang
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum
Artwork by Dan Verkys based upon a concept by Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson – Lyrics, Concepts, Composition, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Chris Szkup – Composition, Arrangements, Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Dennis Leeflang – All Drums
Rob Smith – Musical Composition, Backing Vocals
Paul Jolley – Piano, Keyboards
Tony Franklin – Bass on “Love Them Or Hate Them” & “Devil’s Lament”
Neil Murray – Bass on “Live To Fight Another Day” & “In These Quiet Moments”
Reese Morin – Bass on “Never Too Old To Rock”
Matt Szkup – Rhythm Guitars on “Don’t Mind If We Do”
Tommy Denander – Guitar Solo’s on “Devil’s Lament”
Ponch Satrio – Guitar Solo’s on “This Is What We Do” & “Don’t Mind If We Do”
Pat Valley – Guitar Solo’s on “Never Too Old To Rock”
Edo Van Der Kolk – Guitar Solo’s on “Pardon Me”
Matteo Bucca – Guitar Solo’s on “Between Good & Evil”, “Bass on “King A.W.O.L”

….with more guest slots to be confirmed soon….

Lead Vocals:

Roy Bratbakken – “Love Them Or Hate Them”, “Devil’s Lament”, “Out Here In The Real World”, “Pardon Me”, “Don’t Mind If We Do”, “Between Good & Evil”
Richard Anderson – “In These Quiet Moments” & “Live To Fight Another Day”
Chris Szkup – “Live To Fight Another Day”
Raphael Gazal – “King A.W.O.L” & “Never Too Old To Rock”
Alexey Spectre – “Walk To Destiny”

Backing Vocals:

Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson, Rob Smith, Lydia Salnikova, Jordayne “Jordy” Gibson, Mark “Chopper” Smith

 

Free Deep Purple cover from Roy and Chris!!

Stormbringer Artwork by Dan Verkys
Stormbringer Artwork by Dan Verkys

Cover version of the great Deep Purple mkiii song, written by Richie Blackmore and David Coverdale.

When looking for the next track for their “Dungeon Sessions”, Roy had mentioned that he always had wanted to attempt to sing the song, but he wasn’t sure if it could be done. Afterall, he’s singing the parts of both Coverdale AND Hughes – no easy task, but it sounded like a good reason to make this the next song in those sessions.

Chris liked the challenge of being able to build a track for him to attempt his vocals on, and got to work on things when this came up, while he was probably having some of the same thoughts Roy had along the lines of “holy shit, can I do this”? The results are obviously a new take on things that hopefully pay respects to the original as well. We’re certainly happy with it.

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New Website!!

Hey Everyone!!

As work begins on the new EP “Live To Fight Another Day”, what better could there be to get the website up and rolling again!!

More will be added all the time, so keep checking back. If you get a security warning in Google Chrome like I am, don’t worry to much – pretty sure while we didn’t have the domain name, some dodgy buggers were doing crappy things for a while. Trying to rectify it!!