Archive | May, 2005

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Welcome back

Posted on 26 May 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Last night was the first time Deviant has run through it’s entire set list since…….January 2004. It was amazing, it all came back rather quickly. We also rehearsed a bit of the new material, I’m feeling pretty good about it. Things just feel right, it’s good to be back.

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Freedom

Posted on 24 May 2005 by D' MacKinnon

This soft flesh, it’s here today but like all things it will eventually wither and decay. Even the most radiant flower, once it blooms it will never be as pretty again as it was then.
So many little things preoccupy our daily lives…how will the bills get paid…will I get a terrible illness…will my true love ever come along. What will these things mean 100 years from now? Nothing.
Many people do not take the time to realize that they create their own misery, your life is controlled by your actions. You can choose to let shitty situations interfere in your happiness or you can choose to face it, to deal with it, and move on. Stop making excuses, stop letting stress control you.
Only when we have lost everything can we truly be free.

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Deviant rehearsal, take one.

Posted on 18 May 2005 by D' MacKinnon

While we’ve been working independently on new material for the next album, Deviant had our first “unofficial” rehearsal last night. Unofficial because London wasn’t there. The first “official” one is next week, where we’ll brush off some classic material and work on new songs.
It was interesting, I’ve never been one for “jamming” per se but I had a good time and we got some ideas demoed. I’ll take what we came up with and flesh out the ideas some more with some drums and synths.
It was a bit of a different experience for me, in the past I’ve always come up with the music first and then we just started practicing them at rehearsals once they were fully fleshed out and recorded. That was the case with the 2002-2003 Deviant material and the Divine Reich album I recorded last year.
For Absenta the majority of the music was recorded before Daisho had joined the band. It was just London and I hanging out together at my old apartment on Capital Hill, drinking absinthe, and coming up with ideas. This time he’s getting involved more creatively and we’re coming up with things together. Since we live at the same place it’s easy for me to work up a drum beat and then shoot it over the file server for him to playback up in his room and work on ideas for basslines, progressions, etc.
All in all, I think the creative floodgates have finally opened on all fronts.

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I cannot hide.

Posted on 07 May 2005 by D' MacKinnon

How funny…
So I’m out doing domestic things today, like working on my yard and two guys who are working for some lawn aeration business are out in my neighborhood and they walk up to me.
Guy: “Hey I know you!”
Me: “Erm, sure okay.”
Guy: “I’ve seen you at the clubs?”
Me: “Oh yeah! How’s it going? I haven’t seen you in awhile.” (no clue who these guys are)
Guy: “what’s your name again?”
me: “D’ ”
Guy: “Oh shit, you were in that band Deviant right? I have a poster of you from two years ago on my wall at home!”
Me: “Oh that’s cool…yeah I played in Deviant, we’re recording a new album now…blah blah yadda yadda.”
Guy: “You guys rocked! I didn’t recognize you at first without the blue hair. I’m in a band too..blah blah blah…are you going to Rock Island tomorrow night?”
Me: “Yeah maybe, I don’t know yet…” (looks for an escape route)
They ramble on for a bit more and then bid farewell. They seemed pretty amazed to run into me. It’s weird, people come up to me all the time saying they’ve seen me on stage but that’s the first time it’s happened outside of my house.

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Punk Caberet and Rock Music

Posted on 04 May 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Saw NIN and Dresden Dolls last night. Of course I took out my earplugs about halfway through the show so I can’t hear today (yes, I have to wear earplugs now to preserve my hearing).
Dresden Dolls were fun, I’ve had their CD for awhile now. The drummer was really good…since they are a two piece and Amanda was stuck behind her keyboard most of the show the amount of movement they could do was limited. Which is kind of a bummer because it’s kind of boring seeing two people sit for 90% of the show. Still dig their CD though.
NIN came on…I know a lot of the older NIN fans do not like the new CD because they are moving away from being industrial…well, I think it’s a good thing. I respect Reznor as an artist in that he’s not afraid to evolve and not put out the same album over and over. It felt like they still have some kinks to work out, I don’t think the keyboards were loud enough on some of the songs (the mixing didn’t match the album on the newer material occasionally) and while Aaron and Trent were moving around a lot, Jeordie kind of stood in place the whole show….and I’ve seen him perform with Marilyn Manson so I know he can do better.
I think are a few songs on the new CD I would have performed live that didn’t get performed. I liked that they used modular synths live, when you could hear the keyboards they were pretty beefy.
This is the third time I’ve seen Nine Inch Nails perform. I think last night’s show was better than the show I saw for the Fragile tour but not as entertaining as the Downward Spiral tour.

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more recording

Posted on 02 May 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Eddie came over and we laid down some vocals for two Suicide Kings songs. Mixing tonight. Going to see Nine Inch Nails and Dresden Dolls on Tuesday.

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