Live in the Living Room
I play in a band called The Outer Seasons. We’re ok, only just finding our feet really. We have some good songs written (in my not-at-all biased opinion), a few demos to show friends and the mandatory facebook page. I play the 4 stringed thing, we have 2 guys playing 6 stringed things and a guy who says words at something called ‘pitch’. Awkward introduction aside, on Sunday 12th July The Outer Seasons drove down to a little flat in Ashford for the great honour and privilege to record a few songs for Live in The Living Room.
With the mission of giving unsigned artists the promotion they deserve, James Vince has been running LITLR out of the ‘famous’ living room for just over 4 years. With the unplugged recording sessions and YouTube channel accompanying regular live shows and events across Kent (with the truly excellent ‘Quiet Riot! 2015’ shows coming up) James caters equally for smaller bands like ours who need a little exposure whilst promoting already established artists.
We arrived (ever so slightly early) and were welcomed graciously into James’ flat, his home doubling for us (and 411 other artists before us) as the ‘famous’ LITLR recording area. Tastefully decorated, with canvasses and unpretentious landscapes dotted around black furniture; the only acknowledgement of the flats double life being a large mural in the hallway of photographs of the many artists that went before us. By the time we sat down the camera was already set up in the corner of the living room.
Leaning back into the plush black sofa; we went straight into recording our tracks. After a few initial fuck ups (by the idiot playing 4 strings) we managed to get 4 takes down (couldn’t hurt to give James the option of 2 on each) – only to then find the first had been deleted, which I now believe to be the most, perfect and definitive version of any song ever (apart from One Track Lover anyway). In reality the first take was probably exactly the same as the second, but it provided a fine example of how relaxed the atmosphere is in the living room – to James the tiny slip ups and miniscule mistakes of a live show is what playing is all about and what makes his show so special.
The quality of the recordings came out great and honestly we couldn’t find fault in anything. After all, it’s not often a little band like ours gets the opportunity for the exposure and audience that Live in The Living Room provides (or the bitter realisation that HD isn’t kind to me) and we’re truly thankful for the chance to record with James. With all the amazing talent that regularly appears on the sofa, be sure to check it out. It’s a wonderful thing that Live in The Living Room do and it would be shame for you to miss out.