Lunar Tides EP Now Available!

Lunar Tides EP Now Available!

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Hello, everyone!! For anyone who doesn’t know, I am in a band called Lunar Tides. I play the bass guitar, my fiance Lucas plays the drums and does vocals, and Randy (his dad) plays the guitar and also does vocals. We started our band project a little over two years ago now. I had never played the bass, Lucas had never played drums, and Randy mostly only played the bass. So the instruments were new for all of us!

Two years later we’ve all gotten much better, although there’s still a lot to learn! Lucas is now learning how to mix the music and did a fabulous job on our first EP! We have five songs, and they are now available to download at Bandcamp. You can buy just a track, or the whole EP for $5. Let me know which song is your favorite!

We worked really hard on these songs, especially Lucas, and I really hope you all enjoy them as much as we enjoyed writing and playing them! Tonight we have our EP release stream on Twitch, which will begin around 6pm CST (USA). If you’re able to make it we would love to see you there!! Have a great weekend!

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Lucas tracking vocals
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Randy tracking guitar
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Me tracking the bass
New Site, New Me.?

New Site, New Me.?

Well it’s been awhile, again! I feel like I keep saying that with each post. I also keep meaning to get back into blogging like I used to be, but somehow that hasn’t quite happened yet! I’m still here though, just lurking in the shadows at the moment.

To give a little update, I’ve been the sole groomer for about Β a month at the vet clinic. The Groomer broke her hand so I’ve been doing it all until she’s better. I really love it, and have been doing a good job!

I saw a psychiatrist and now am on 150mg of Zoloft. It seems to be helping I think. I also am still going to therapy every week which has been very helpful and great!

I’ve kind of taken a pause from writing, I would like to get back into it though. Damn depression or whatever it is that keeps us from doing what we love!!

We’re still working on our EP, only vocals are left so it should be done fairly soon! We also have new songs in the works which is really exciting.

Anyway, I was just sitting here and thought I would spruce up my WordPress in hopes it would get me back in the swing of things. I changed the theme, although I’m not sure if I’ll keep it or not yet. Plus I changed my tagline to ‘under construction’ since I’m changing my blog around a little, and my life in general I suppose!

I hope everyone is doing well, I miss you guys and haven’t forgotten about you! I’ve just been busy and whatnot, but still think of you guys and hope everything is going really well. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

Band Photo Weekend!

Band Photo Weekend!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a band photo weekend, and while I’m a day late on it, I figure that’ll be all right! πŸ˜‰ We did a special Christmas stream this weekend, last weekend, and will still have our lights up for next weekend as well! We dressed up last weekend, but decided just to have the lights up for this weekend. Perhaps we’ll try to have fancy outfits for the New Year next weekend! We’ll see. πŸ™‚

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Lights on and stockings up!

There’s how our lights were set up; I took a few other pictures, but apparently they didn’t really turn out very well. It was a lot of fun dressing up to stream, and Lucas even made us all Christmas shirts to wear! Now, they do have swear words on them, and I am actually working on a post about swear words, but we did it all in fun, not to offend anyone!

This weekend was a great stream for us; we actually had more new followers than any other night! We had about thirty people start to follow us. We’re working on a few new songs, and I really like the direction we’re going with them! It’s exciting to be working toward recording an album, and then seeing the direction our new songs are taking.

Next weekend I’ll go back to posting about our equipment; we recently had someone buy us a microphone that we were needing to get in order to record our album, which was super amazing of them!! That’ll be the next item I’ll post about, so keep an eye out for it! I hope everyone’s having a great start to their week! πŸ™‚

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Merry Christmas! (screenshot from the stream)

 


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Band Photo Weekend ~ Equipment Edition

Band Photo Weekend ~ Equipment Edition

I’ve already done a few posts about my bass, although I’m sure I’ll add it again in the equipment chronicles. πŸ˜‰ However, today we’re going to be looking at Randy’s guitar!! A very important instrument of course, we couldn’t have the band without it!

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There it is!

It’s a 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus, and it’s pretty gorgeous! Now you can find them anywhere from about $2,000 to $3,000. I think he paid roughly $2,200 for it when he got itΒ in the spring of 2006.

The guitar’s been through a lot with him, and is still going strong! He hasn’t had to do anything to it other than getting new strings, of course! (hmm, I’ll have to do a post about the strings!) Eventually he’s wanting to get a secondary guitar, A of all because it’s fun, but B of all it’s good to have a backup, especially when playing gigs. I’ll get to the guitar he’d like to get in the future in a different post. πŸ™‚

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Here’s Lucas playing on it

I hope you’re enjoying seeing all of our equipment so far! If there’s anything you’ve seen in previous pictures or anywhere and would like me to do a post on that, just leave it in the comments! Or if you have any questions about something in the band, please feel free to ask! I hope everyone’s having a great night, and the start to the week goes well! πŸ™‚

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And here’s Bad Randy playing on it!

 

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Twitch Show!

Twitch Show!

It’s that time of the week once again! We’ll be going live on Twitch in about half an hour. It should be an interesting stream tonight; I don’t work this weekend so I won’t be tired and wanting to hurry the stream along, but Lucas and I stayed up until like eight this morning drinking and listening to music, so we’re both a little hung over. :/ haha! Still, we’ll have fun I’m sure. Come check it out, or you can always go to our past broadcasts whenever you get time! πŸ™‚ I hope everyone’s weekend is going wonderfully!!

Band Photo Weekend ~ Happy Birthday, Randy

Band Photo Weekend ~ Happy Birthday, Randy

This was an exciting weekend for Lunar Tides, and it was Randy’s birthday today!! As I mentioned yesterday, we went shopping for some mics, a camera, and new shirts for all three of us! πŸ™‚ Lucas and I also got our hair cut, which is always fun!

Thank you so very much to Paula from Never a Dull Bling for coming to our stream on Saturday!! πŸ˜€ I was so excited to see her come watch and support our music, as I’m morphing my blogging life and band life together! πŸ˜‰ That was a blast. We had a few trolls toward the end of the night, but nothing a quick ‘ban’ couldn’t fix! Hah. We also had another surprise stream tonight, where we were just working on some new songs and running the camera scene switching! Lucas figured out how to set it up, so although we didn’t have it last night, we’ll definitely have it next weekend!

Without further ado, I’ll go ahead and share some pictures of our new ‘dos. πŸ™‚

Getting ready to stream!
Getting ready to stream!
Yeah, that's how we look all the time.
Yeah, that’s how we look all the time.
My hair not all done up
My hair not all done up
Taking lots of pictures so as to get at least a couple that look okay. haha!
Taking lots of pictures so as to get at least a couple that look okay. haha!

Since I had to share some photos of our haircuts, (which does have to do with Lunar Tides!) I’m going to start showing our equipment next weekend. I know I’ve been saying that for a couple weekends now, but I promise next weekend is the time!! Is there any piece of equipment you’d like me to write about first, or something you’ve seen in a video or picture that you’d like to know more about? Just let me know and I can start that series off with it!

I hope everyone has a great start to their week! I’ll leave you all with this little gem of Lucas and me trying to take a picture…

Lunar Tides Twitch Show Tonight!

Lunar Tides Twitch Show Tonight!

I’m mostly making this post to keep up with NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) to write a post every day. So far so good! That’s also why yesterday’s was so short; I was really tired (maybe a little hung over..) so it was short and sweet and a post!

Today we went shopping! We got three new microphones we’ll be needing for recording our music, plus I now have my own microphone! :/ πŸ™‚ haha. I’m a little nervous about it. I lucked out this weekend though; we don’t have a stand for it yet (unless they’ve rigged up something for me that I don’t yet know about) so I’ll be talking next weekend! Hooray!

We also picked up a little webcam from Best Buy so we’ll have a clearer picture for the stream, plus we can now do some scene-switching between the two. In the future we might get some more for even more angles of us, but two is good for right now! Lucas is over there getting it all set up right now.

Lucas and I did get our haircut! We both really like it, they did a great job. The top of Lucas’s hair was eight inches long!! They took five off; that was crazy, we knew it was long but didn’t realize it was that long! I’ll be posting pictures later tonight or else tomorrow. Also, all three of us got new gig t-shirts! We’ll be sporting them tonight, so feel free to come check us out! πŸ˜‰ (Our music too; don’t forget the music!)

You can watch our past videos, plus a highlighted Halloween one on YouTube, plus you can come to the Twitch Show by clicking that link! πŸ™‚ We’ll probably go on in about an hour and twenty minutes, and you can follow my Twitter account where I’ll post about an hour beforehand, and the Lunar Tides Twitter as well! I hope everyone’s weekend is going great, and those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, I hope that’s going well! You can do it! πŸ™‚

Band Photo Weekend~Halloween Edition!

Band Photo Weekend~Halloween Edition!

Yesterday was Halloween, and it was a great day! The sky was overcast and had rained a little earlier in the day, but the gloom just accented the spookiness. We went into town to get makeup for Lucas and Randy’s costumes, then out for lunch, and then back home to start getting dressed! We were going to carve pumpkins yesterday, but since it was so gloomy and wet out, we decided to push it back to today. Last night I drank way too much, and have been hung over all day today, so we’re pushing pumpkin carving back even further. That works out fine though, because I want to get charcoal to grill the seeds before we do carve them, and this way they’ll get their own special post. πŸ˜‰

Once we were ready to go, we went over to the band room to start our stream! Thank you so much to Collette B for coming to watch us play!! The support was awesome, please go give her blog some love too! πŸ™‚ We had a ton of fun streaming! All of us being dressed up was exciting, and no one said anything bad nor rude to us at all. We had almost 50 people in there at one point I believe, which is crazy. I made some mistakes, we all did, but the atmosphere was so great none of us really even cared, we were just having a blast! Afterward we went to a local bar for a couple drinks, and to show off our costumes a little more. πŸ™‚

Lucas dressed up as The Crow, which is a fantastic movie if you’ve never seen it! He was going to be the Joker for a long time, and then when he got up yesterday he was like, “I think I’m going to dress up as The Crow instead!” Haha. He did a FANTASTIC job on his costume and makeup! He just ripped up a long-sleeved shirt he had, wrapped electrical tape around his waist and wrists/arms, and then we got makeup from Hobby Lobby for his face. Voila! Here’s a photo of what The Crow looks like for those who don’t know, so you can see how closely he matched!

Brandon Lee in the Crow, who unfortunately was murdered on set.
Brandon Lee in the Crow, who unfortunately was murdered on set.

Randy dressed up as Jason; he bought a mask a few weeks ago, and had overalls and a black shirt already. We just got some fake blood and tattoos from Walmart, and voila! He was ready to go.

I dressed up as someone from the 80’s! I didn’t have to get anything; I actually have enough clothes to look like I stepped out of the 80’s. πŸ™‚ I didn’t have leg warmers, but I thought I was pretty clever. I cut the toes off of some fuzzy socks I have (since I have a million pairs) and turned them into leg warmers! I don’t think anyone could even tell they weren’t leg warmers!

My makeup took me FOREVER to put on, but it was so much fun! I loved taking the time to apply it, and making it look crazy. Lucas said it really made my eyes pop too; so I might be bringing the 80’s look back. (Seriously. I might keep doing that as my gimmick on our streams) I backcombed my hair, which I have never done and was worried I wouldn’t be able to do a good job. I had a backup plan of just doing a side pony tail if that were the case, but surprisingly I’m a backcombing prodigy! It turned out great, and what’s even better, I was able to get it back out pretty easily too!

I hope everyone had a great, safe Halloween! Enjoy pictures of Lunar Tides on Halloween! πŸ˜€

I'm telling you, he looks JUST LIKE The Crow!!
I’m telling you, he looks JUST LIKE The Crow!! Β  Β  Β  Β Β 
Makeup finally done! After like an hour, I kid you not.
Makeup finally done! After like an hour, I kid you not.
All done!
All done!
Me and Lucas in the band room
Me and Lucas in the band room
Randy and Lucas!
Randy and Lucas!
Randy!
Randy!
Lunar Tides!
Lunar Tides!
Randy drinking through a straw so he didn't have to take his mask off.
Randy drinking through a straw so he didn’t have to take his mask off. (non-alcoholic drink; he was the DD)
Hanging out at the bar after a great Twitch show!
Hanging out at the bar after a great Twitch show!
Lucas and Randy playing pool!
Lucas and Randy playing pool!
I told you Randy was playing too!
I told you Randy was playing too!
Band Photo Weekend

Band Photo Weekend

We’ll just pretend it’s still the weekend for this one! πŸ™‚ I worked this weekend, so we didn’t have as many practices as we’d have liked to, but we did our Twitch show still which was pretty fun. For some reason it didn’t seem as great as the previous one, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

We have quite a few riffs we’re working on right now, and Lucas came up with another one over the weekend! Lucas and I got the words completely written down for “This is America”. Now we just have to tweak and tighten up that song, and it’ll be completely ready to go! It’s a somewhat satirical yet true take on America. I think next weekend we’llΒ spend a lot of time just practicing our newest songs.

We will also be doing a special Halloween stream this Saturday! We’re all going to dress up while we play. (I still have to think of something quick and easy for my costume!) You can watch us live at the Twitch link here, plus follow Lunar Tides on Twitter, or follow my Twitter and I’ll give you an hour heads up on when we start.

Lucas had a wonderful idea for my Band Photo Weekend posts. I think I’ll be starting it next weekend, and the plan is to give you a few pictures of a piece of equipment, and then explain what exactly we do with it and how it works! Hopefully you’ll enjoy learning more about the different components that allow us to play our awesome music for you! πŸ˜€ hehe.

And now, I’ll leave you with the final lyrics to “This is America”!

This is America

(Verse 1)

Let me tell you a tale

Of cats and vapid websites

A generation tricked by

Fear and ignorant lies

(Chorus)

This is where we draw the line

Another idiot marking time

I know this is where you want to be

I don’t know what they teach in school

When media’s the only rule

But I know this is where you’ve got to be

This is America!

(Verse 2)

Now our story persists

Languid degenerates

In this land of the free

Monetary atrocities

(Chorus)

Old drum head Lucas custom made
Old drum head Lucas custom made
Band Photo Weekend

Band Photo Weekend

Another great weekend for Lunar Tides! We ordered a computer about a week and a half ago; our other one was VERY old, especially in the tech world. Now that we’re streaming regularly on Twitch, we needed to upgrade it to be able to stream and eventually record our first album for digital download! (perhaps CD’s too; we’ll see what happens!)

Lucas put it together; he’s the brains of the operation in that department. πŸ™‚

Snazzy new computer!
Snazzy new computer!

We also now have a Focusrite 18i20. With that we will be able to do multi-track recording. We still need a few microphones and other odds and ends before we begin to record, but we are well on our way!

The red box on the corner is the Focusrite
The red box in front of the computer is the Focusrite

Not only that, but we need to get Pro Tools to be able to keep the tracks and tweak them to make us sound the best we can be. πŸ˜‰ Fortunately, we have some AMAZING viewers on Twitch, and one of them is sending us a version of Pro Tools! Normally it is a $600 investment, but they’re giving it to us for free since they use a different program. We’ll have to upgrade it, but that will only be about $60, which clearly is a way better deal! This will expedite our recording timeline which is awesome. We are super excited about that; it was so very nice of them.

Another view of the new setup!
Another view of the new setup!

We’re building up a little community of Twitch followers and it’s really exciting! Some of them specifically wait for us to go on stream on Saturdays! We have one viewer from Europe who I think woke up early just to watch us play. It’s a really humbling and wonderful feeling. πŸ˜€

We’re working on new riffs; we have some more on the back burner but are pumping them out rather quickly, and we need to wait and really fine-tune the newest ones now before moving on. If you’d like to hear a sneak preview of our newest one “This is America”, you can click on this link and watch it on YouTube! πŸ™‚

Finally, for the very first time, someone made us fan art!! I feel like we’ve really hit it big now. πŸ˜‰ They linked us a picture they made in paint I believe, and we absolutely love it! We’re thinking of putting it on a shirt or something; I think that’d be pretty cool. Here it is:

FAN ART!!!
FAN ART!!!Β 

Lunar Tides is steadily moving forward; it’s been such a fun journey and we’re just getting started! We play every Saturday, and sometimes Friday or Sunday pending schedules and what’s going on. You can follow us on TwitterΒ at our band page, plus you can follow my Twitter and I’ll tweet about an hour before we go live. (I’ll put “in an hour” so that way no one has to think about time zones. Those are confusing. πŸ˜› )

Thank you for all of your support in our Lunar Tides adventures, and in my blogging adventures! πŸ˜€ I hope everyone has a wonderful week.