The Effie Afton is Back
After a long hiatus, I’m very excited to announce that we’re back. We just released a remastered version of our EP, we’re working on some new recordings, and writing new songs. A lot has happened over the past several years for each of us personally, but we all feel that the time is right to dive back into The Effie Afton. We are booking shows currently and can’t wait to let you hear both old and new material.
As I mentioned, we recently released a remastered version of our EP from 6 years ago on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and other places you listen to music. Getting back into the EP brought up lots of memories from around that time. I thought I’d write a blog post to share some of those memories with you, so here it goes…
Recording the EP
We recorded these songs in the middle of July at an apartment I was living in with my brother. Our apartment was on the 3rd floor of the building and there was a heatwave going on in the area at the time. My air conditioner had recently broken, so my apartment was reaching temperatures in the 90s. Despite this, we decided to record in my room anyway since things were set up there. I can remember the whole process being very hot and sweaty. On top of that, the guitars would not stay in tune for more than a few minutes because of the heat and humidity so tuning was a big problem while recording.
Fortunately, the drums had been recorded at the Toomey’s house prior to those guitar sessions so we didn’t have to worry about recording any of those. When we recorded the EP, I had an Akai EIE audio interface, so we only had 4 tracks available for drums. As I recall it, we placed a mic in front of the kick drum and one just over the snare drum. We used the other two mics as overheads. For what we had available at the time, I don’t think the recordings turned out bad.
When recording the guitars, we put a mic in front of the speaker and another behind the speaker, and the base was DI. The organs on the album were done with a cheap keyboard from the 90s that was given to me. The vocals required take after take to make sure that I was getting the tone I wanted with each section. Once we finished recording, we’d have “cd burning parties” where we’d bring all the computers we could find and just go through a package of cds, burning the songs to them and stamping/writing on the sleeves.
Releasing the EP
At the time, we went to a local bar called The Paddle Wheel for an open mic night with our friends Evan Atherton, Derick Kapteina, and Matt Van and couldn’t wait to share it with them. We made them sit in the car and listen to the 4 songs so we could get their opinions. Shortly after that, we sent the EP to a local paper to have them review it and we got surprisingly good reviews (we were nervous about the packaging and recording quality). If you’re interested, you can read the article and see for yourself! For a long time we just stuck with the brown cardboard sleeves with a bird stamped on the front and all of the text hand-written.
We’re looking forward to better gear allowing us to make better recordings. I can’t wait for you to hear the stuff we’re working on. We’ll talk again soon!