Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Factory - A Tour of the Practice Space


Ok, let me take you on a tour of our rehearsal space. Like I was saying in a recent blog (and this will come up again... cuz it's cool and special)...

"So it had been months of rehearsing once a week, with this new lineup, at a factory down the street, leading up to this. The band had slowly but steadily learned and prepared seventeen songs with me – from both of my records (which is a lot by the way. Most bands who play original music prep 45-minute sets for a show but we needed two sets for the release, so we were biting off a more aggressive set list)."

Yeah that's a luxury for most bands who are raped $hourly at most rehearsal spaces in the city. Huge thanks to Mr. Dan Lakin for all his help and support. Most indie bands don't have a super-cool factory - in the coolest unknown corner of Chicago that no one knows about - to work virtually at their convenience! Incredible and fun.
So here's the front door... follow me...



This day we somehow beat Freddy and Claire who were carpooling. The top door is locked. I'm told that if the bottom door locks on you too, you're trapped till someone with a key comes by. Fortunately, Rob Gaczol was there to snap this shot seconds before the dude working in the factory heard us milling about (that's sort of a pun, I think) and let us inside. Come on in... that smell of factory particles in the air hasn't made anyone (in this project anyway) call in sick to the next rehearsal....


This was the first time we rehearsed in the factory during day-light (Saturday after our photo shoot. two days before the record release). Turns out those dark walls are actually full of windows. And (above) even though the dude from the factory let us in, Freddy has the key, so Roxy and Matt waited at the door to our space. So let's go deeper into the factory...


There's some factory stuff up there...


Mike Namoff and I (Mike mastered the CD) had a long talk while mastering the CD down in Chinatown, near Halsted and Cermak... what the hell are those endangered "water-tower" things on the top of factories called? Someone else recently told me that they were used "back in the day" to put out fires. Hm. Sounds logical. I used to think as a kid that they looked like aliens landing on the roof-tops, with big thick arms sucking the insides out through the roof... Now I'm just happy to be looking through a factory window at one of the last aliens on earth. One last question - when's the last time someone washed these windows? Industrial Revolution probably.

Meantime, Roxy finds a ping-pong ball, table, and box-top and serves...

Chris volleys...


And Freddy enters the building... HEY! No kidding, that locked window (that till now I thought was a wall) opens with your key?

I wanna come outside too!

Hey Freddy!


Over the Chicago River, looking north toward the Sears Tower. Bad-ass view. More pictures coming soon of this scene!


Factory orbs below... (or lens flares). Either way, two cool pre-rehearsal cats here, my friends, on the roof of some factory in Chicago on a sunny late-winter day. Does it get any cooler?


Maybe! How 'bout a spring video on some factory roof in Chicago? Hmmm.... Roxy, Claire, and Freddy scout our next video shoot and summer picnic spot?


Alright, let's go rehearse. But first, Roxy has to use "the facilities"...


...which are clearly not set up for "lady factory-workers"....

I'll just wait outside... in a mirror...

... next to a comfy chair...

Oh damn. Can't forget to introduce our loyal factory-resident-fan... Eddie the cat, who listens to us every week (I still think he looks like a "Gary the cat." Dude's got a blacklung-full of tire particles, a bum eye, and a limp that says "some rat the size of me almost took me out once. Almost.")


Ok, unlock that door and let's rehearse this set! (Photos from the release show's dress rehearsal coming next!)


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