Well, “Get Out” is FINALLY finished (or at least we hope. We said that last time, haha). I re-tracked all the original vocals and harmonies we had on there, and added some more sass. We also brought in my good buddy, Rob Johnson, who I work with in Sensitive Robot to track some lower harmonies since poor Dennis was sick and had laryngitis. Rob killed it as always; he’s a harmony machine!
This weekend, we’ll be
heading back to the studio to mix and hopefully put this song to bed. After that’s
done, we’ll get the promo machine rolling so we can release this bad boy in
February! We think you all will really dig it! If not, well…you can “get out”.
Happy New Year everyone! We started off our 2019 at our favorite place, Ultimate Studios (where I happen to be right at this moment, because where else would I be?) Dennis recorded drums here last night, and I’m about to hop in the vocal booth in a minute. We’re completely re-recording our song, “Get Out” because Dennis, Charlie and I are perfectionists and gluttons for punishment, ha ha. In all seriousness though, we never want to let anything out of the gate unless we’re 100 percent sold on it, and we just weren’t getting what we wanted with the last version. All good though! We’re going to make it killer and bat-tastic as always. After vocals, I may be re-tracking some outro guitars because I have a crazy awesome Rocker 32 amp from Orange on loan, and I may just want to take it for a spin. Who knows?! We’ll keep you guys updated throughout the week on the progress of “Get Out”. Hope you’re all recovering nicely from your NYE hangovers. Rock on.
Dennis and I were just saying to each other how busy this past December was. If you happen to reside in LA, then you know that the industry pretty much closes up shop until the first week of January. Well, not for Batfarm! The Christmas song and video pretty much consumed our lives for the entirety of December, but it was also an incredible experience that showed us that we can do just about anything we set our minds to. For two people who know very little about videography and set building, I think we did a pretty damn good job if I may say so myself. In addition to that, we also flew in our friend, Keith Brinkley to do some bass on several tracks. Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t take a holiday, people! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
Well, it took us nearly 3 weeks to record the song and shoot the video, but it’s finally here! “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is now officially available on iTunes and all other online media platforms, and the video is now on Youtube! There’s laughs, action, drama…and even some Christmas magic! If you want to see a Christmas set that would make Bing Crosby proud, then you need to check out the video now! Also, be sure to have yourself a Merry Little Christmas (wah wah)!
This week, we flew our longtime friend, Keith Brinkley in from San Jose to track bass on 3 of our new songs. Keith is a total badass and played in a number of bands with Dennis when he lived in the Bay area. As expected, Keith absolutely crushed it and provided some much needed low end awesomeness to our new tunes “Sorry, Not Sorry”, “Can’t Get it Right”, and “End Transmission”.
In addition to that, we filmed our music video for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. It’s been a very interesting learning process to say the very least. Dennis and I just purchased a Panasonic GH5 camera and some Litebox soft boxes, and we filmed, lighted, acted in and edited the video entirely by ourselves (actually, I lied. Charlie Waymire, helped a ton with the editing too, and showed us how to do color correction. He’s super talented and we hate him). We’re trying to be 100 percent self-sufficient /self contained in this day and age of DIY, because we’re tired of paying for things to be done wrong, and frankly…we’re poor. How do you think we stay so thin?
The most fun, aside from the recording process of course, was building our Christmas set. We painted Dennis’s entire living room, decorated the set with Christmas stuff, and completely constructed a badass fireplace from scratch using a cardboard box, paint, parchment paper and Christmas lights. Thank you Youtube! At the end of the day, we probably could have purchased an actual working fireplace with the amount of time, money and effort we put into building that damn thing, but hey…we’re richer in experience. All I know is that shit is staying up year round now. Anyhow, we can’t wait for you guys to see it; it was way too much fun to do!
The holidays are here, and Batfarm are doing what we do best: working! We’re excited to announce that we have completed our version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. We went more for a classic approach (inspired more by the original Meet Me in St. Louis “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” versus any of the other “not as cool” versions). As per usual, we recorded part of the tune at Batfarm Studios (a.k.a. Dennis’s bedroom), and then we tracked vocals at Ultimate Studios with Charlie Waymire. We think Judy Garland would be proud.
Up next on the agenda is filming a Batfarm Christmas music video to accompany the song, and it will pay homage to the cheesy 60’s/70’s Christmas specials of yore. We are slowly but surely beefing up our arts and crafts kit and keeping Joann’s Fabrics afloat with all of our ridiculous set building and shenanigans.
It’s been a pretty busy week! Obviously, we did the whole Thanksgiving thing (except for Dennis, who instead ate frozen pizza and worked on our new Christmas song). I also put the final vocals on our song, “Snake” with Charlie Waymire at Ultimate Studios, and we re-amped the bass. It sounds heavy as hell! We will start mixing in the next few days, so one step closer to finishing our long awaited EP, hooray! Den and I also headed to Arizona to see his fam, get a break from the craziness of LA and of course get some of that sweet ass Fry’s fried chicken. As soon as we get back, we will start producing up “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” for you guys. Have you ever heard the original from Judy Garland in “Meet Me In St. Louis”? It’s the saddest happy song I’ve ever heard. We hope to also bring that tragic beauty in our version. Something tells me that that won’t be a problem. We can’t wait to spread some creepy holiday cheer to you all.
Yesterday, Alexx, her cousin, Jon Young, and her friend, Linda Emord all went around to some of the fire stations in San Fernando Valley to give bagels and cream cheese to our brave fire fighters who have been tirelessly fighting these horrendous fires and keeping our communities safe. We are all so grateful to all of you first responders who routinely risk your lives every day to save so many people. It’s the least we can do to say thank you!
So you guys have probably been seeing a lot of our silly posts and videos regarding the date Nov 13th, and wondering what the hell that’s all about. Well, part of it is the fact that Dennis and I just really love making dumb shit, and the other part is that we’re also going to be releasing our new single and video for our cover of Sneaker Pimps’s Dz6 Undergrounddz on November 13th! At the present moment, Dennis is cutting out lettering for our DzGood Morning Batfarmdz segment (more on that later), which we will be putting at the end of our music video. There really is something amazing about watching a grown man with dreadlocks intently designing and cutting letters out of construction paper. God, I love this band. Now, he’s going to make uscookies. This is just great.
All kidding aside, Den and I have been putting in some serious hours into the business side of Batfarm (because a band is a business—more than you know). We just purchased an amazing Panasonic GH5 camera so we can create more professional content for you all. Big thanks by the way to our awesome photographer friend, Anabel Dflux for giving Alexx a crash course in photography. We’ve also been doing a bunch of what we call Dzbats and craftsdz for our promos, which has included making bat cookies, bat ornaments and various other ridiculous things. Dennis has also been
learning how to do stop motion animation and how to make green screen videos, so be prepared for more wacky antics from your Batfarm buddies.
We’re so proud to announce that we have a new official band mascot, Fernando Von Candlestick. He hails from a long line of Von Candlesticks, and his superpower is adorability. If he’s ever in a sticky situation, all he has to do is pull down his mod-tastic sunglasses, and he instantly melts hearts with his big, puppy dog eyes. However, he’s really just a big softie, and he’s more afraid of you than you are of him. Bats just get a bad rap, man.
Fernando was actually designed by Dennis, who also does all the BF posters, as well as stop motion, graphics, green screen and more. He’s just a super talented guy, and we hate him.
Fernando however, wasn’t created overnight. We knew we needed to have a bat representing us because, well…Batfarm. Dennis originally did a sketch of a super cute bat that had the most adorable Hello Kitty-esque eyes, but we decided that Fernando also needed some sick shades to match ours. He also dons a suit, and a sly smile that must mean trouble. In essence, he is all that is Batfarm…Eau de Bat.
Fernando will be appearing on a bunch of our BF merch items, and maybe even in a comic book! You never know…
What are your thoughts? Is he bat ass or is he bat ass? More importantly…would you rock a Fernando shirt?