The Swellers went about the bonus material on our album “Good For Me” a little differently than we expected. We could have just added some unused songs (we’re saving those for later), but we decided that we should record acoustic versions of two of the songs on the album. We had ZERO time at home or in the studio to make this happen, so we recorded it while on the Take Action tour in about six different locations all over the country.
First off, I’ll introduce you to Bryan Beeler, our tour manager/recording engineer/guitar tech extraordinaire. You may know him from being the best looking/most talented guy in the band Cinematic Sunrise and making all sorts of records for artists out of his studio in Northville, MI. Beeler was my partner in crime for making these songs happen.
Acoustic guitars along with stomps and claps were recorded at a friend’s studio space in Pennsylvania, lead vocals were done at my parents’ old house that was for sale in North Carolina, and backup vocals were done at our friends’ house in Dallas, TX. Next came synth strings/keyboards, which I recorded in Bayside’s hotel room while everyone was swimming in Albuquerque, NM on a day off. Then, Beeler took nearly an entire day editing and mixing everything in Arizona. He even missed our show because he got so into it. The result was awesome, and we did the final mix edits sitting in the van in Sacramento, CA, plugged in straight through our van’s crappy sound system.
We sent the two tracks to our label and management and they loved it as much as we did. We all thought, “Wow, no one would ever know we recorded these songs in six different locations,” which is great since it sounds so solid, but kind of sucks since it’s a such a cool story and it may go unnoticed. So, there’s the story, now you know! “Inside My Head” and “The Best I Ever Had” are two of our favorite songs on the record and these acoustic versions give the songs a whole new feel. We hope you dig!
photo by Mike Lambert