We got in touch with Golden Mastering a few months back and they were helpful, as alwasy. Especially when they said "okay, so when are you going to have this record to us?". Because deadlines move things along, for sure.
So we promised they'd have it today and we dropped it in the mail to them yesterday. We have been too close for it recently to have any real perspective on how it turned out. We've listened to each of the songs a minimum of 20 times over the past two weeks. At the moment, any new attempt to appreciate the music instantly switches to inconsequential nitpicking. "Is there enough of the room sound mixed in?" "Damn it, I came in a bit too early there." "I wish the guitar was a tiny bit clearer there." Nothing of substance, it all goes away with time.
And I, Justin, for one am certian that what's left will be the record we've hoped it would be. I've been bleating for a while that it's going to be the best thing we have done and well, it is.
It seems weird to think this, but this record forces a change in thinking of what's next. We've been operating under the same MO for the whole time that we've been a band - the songs we've been writing and playing have all tried to get the same general thing across. We adopted an extra rule to follow for the "Backsliders" EP, but other than that, this is the type of music that we've made. After this record we'll have to push elsewhere, to a degree. I don't think we'll feel compelled to write these types of songs again because we've done it as well as we'd like to here. If that makes sense.
We move into the full production stage at this point. Test pressings, spending money ordering CDs, comparing types of materials for album covers, all that stuff. The record will be out in May. And the hardest (and best) part is done.