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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 EP

Currently we are tracking for our first EP release – Ponch Satrio applied the pressure for The Feckers to get a single out this year, but we thought we would one-up the bugger and release an EP instead. This is what the track listing is looking like (although the order may be different come release time):

The Feckers – Live To Fight Another Day (2018)

1. Love Them Or Hate Them
2. Devil’s Lament
3. Out Here In The Real World
4. In These Quiet Moments
5. King A.W.O.L
6. Live To Fight Another Day

Project Co-Ordination by Richard Anderson & Chris Szkup
Produced and Arranged by Chris Szkup

Richard Anderson – Lyrics, Concepts, Composition, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Chris Szkup – Composition, Arrangements, Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Dennis Leeflang – All Drums
Ponch Satrio – Guitars
Rob Smith – Musical Composition, Guitars, Backing Vocals
David Austin – Musical Composition
Paul Jolley – Piano, Keyboards
Pat Valley – Guitars
Matteo Bucca – Guitars

Lead Vocals:

Roy Bratbakken – “Love Them Or Hate Them” & “Devil’s Lament”
Irene Slade – “In These Quiet Moments”
Carl Lindquist – “Out Here In The Real World”
Richard Anderson – “King A.W.O.L” & “Live To Fight Another Day”
Chris Szkup – “King A.W.O.L”

Backing Vocals:

Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson & Rob Smith

Additional Backing Vocals:

Kayla Driskel, Kyle Work-Baldwin & Mark “Chopper” Smith

Artwork designed by Dan Verkys based on a concept by Richard Anderson

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!!