It's going to be over a year and a half since I've been on the road with Aidan Knight and that makes me really sad. Ever since we started playing together back in the Versicolour/the O'Darling days 8 years ago, the band has been a huge part of my life. While I've recently started a new stream in my life with climbing, outdoor education and guiding, I still yearn for the grunge and excitement of the road.
I was so excited when I found out that Aidan was working on a new album last fall. I wasn't going to be a part of the writing process, but I was still really stoked that he had cranked up the old writing machine again. So you can imagine how I felt when he asked me to write a bunch of horn arrangements a few months ago. After a month of writing, I drove out to Victoria for a marathon of two 18 hour sessions recording at Wakal Manor Studios. I was able to get Scott MacInnes, Mike Oswald, and best of all my dad, to help out with some trombone, french horn and reed parts. It was a wildly intense couple of days, but the tracks are sounding really great and I can't wait for this new album to come out. Who knows, maybe I'll even be able to hit the road next year!