The Feckers – LTFAD Sessions…December 2018 Update

In October, Richard and Chris managed to get together in Melbourne and Brisbane…great fun was had, it was a huge in person reunion that saw the taking in of some massive Cheap Trick concerts the guys also got to spend some time with Cheap Trick themselves, which was something special.

During that same week Vocals/Backing Vocals were recorded for 2 tracks off the upcoming 2nd album, for “In These Quiet Moments” (a first time recording outside of New Zealand for Richard) and “Never Too Old To Rock” (which we hope will have an accompanying video ready to go early in 2019).

 

Richard and Chris enjoying a chicken parma meal before the Melbourne Cheap Trick concert.

The last week has seen vocals come in from Roy Bratbakken for the song “Out Here In The Real World”, and harmonica (a first for us) on “In These Quiet Moments” courtesy of Trent Williamson, Chris Szkup also re-recorded his guitar parts and added his harmony vocals, and some ukelele too and it’s all sounding fantastic…that’s 2 more songs that are almost completed.

Writing and arranging of the final album track (we think, plans can always change) “Beyond Good & Evil” is near completion and Chris has done a fantastic job of this (as always).

December should see the release of a special cover track featuring Tuğra Ismail (Vocals), Chris Szkup (Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals), Dennis Leeflang (Drums), Alexey Spectre (Backing Vocals)…we hope people enjoy what they hear and crank up loud!

“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

 

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, Musical Composition, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Chris Szkup – Musical Composition/Arrangements, Guitars, Bass, Ukelele, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Dennis Leeflang – All Drums
Paul Jolley – Piano, Organ, Keyboards
Rob Smith – Musical Composition, Vocal Session Engineering, Backing Vocals
Reese Morin – Bass on “Out Here In The Real World”/”In These Quiet Moments”/”Pardon Me”/”This Is What We Do”/”Never Too Old To Rock”
Tony Franklin – Bass on “Love Them Or Hate Them”/”Devil’s Lament”/”Walk To Destiny”
Neil Murray – Bass on “Live To Fight Another Day”
Ponch “Bugger” Satrio – Guitars Solo’s on on “Love Them Or Hate Them”/”Don’t Mind If We Do”/”This Is What We Do”
Tommy Denander – Guitar Solo’s on “Devil’s Lament”
Matt Szkup – Rhythm Guitars on “Don’t Mind If We Do”
Sudev “Nockas” Bangah – Rhythm Guitars on “Out Here In The Real World”
Trent Williamson – Harmonica on “In These Quiet Moments”
Pat Valley – Guitar Solo’s on “Never Too Old To Rock”
Edo Van Der Kolk – Guitar Solo’s on “Pardon Me”
TBC – Guitar Solo’s on “Between Good & Evil”
Matteo Bucca – Guitar Solo’s on “Between Good & Evil”/Bass on “King A.W.O.L”
Jonathon Noyce – Bass on “Between Good & Evil”

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