Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Band: MIGHTY CLOUDS

Before City Center got rolling, and even during the time of this blog's beginnings, I was the leader of a long-running pop group from Michigan called Saturday Looks Good To Me. The band started playing shows in 2001 and we toured, recorded and released records extensively until about 2008. Betty Barnes was the lead female vocalist and one of the longest-standing members of the band. On one of our multiple tours of Sweden she decided she liked the country so much she moved there! The band kind of went on an unofficial break up/hiatus following the last tour in 08, but even then I had some ideas for a next step. I always wanted to do a band that kind of focused on Betty's voice. SLGTM was great, but it went too many directions over the years and sometimes confused and annoyed audiences. This was kind of the point, but not a lot of people got it. I imagined a stripped-down musical landscape with lots of different vocal parts coming in and out, an internal sound, open and direct. All my projects usually start out like this and then get layered with every sound I can imagine, sometimes to the point of clutter.

Last summer Betty was in town for a week, so we camped out for three days and recorded vocals to 11 songs. I spent the next six months recording all the other parts, mixing and basically filling out what turned into the record I am now so excited to present to the world. "Mighty Cloud" (named after an old Jamaican record label) was the last new song written and performed by SLGTM, and served as a jumping-off point for the new band, so we thought Mighty Clouds was a good band name, too. The record is available now in an edition of 500 on cloud-colored wax, and you can stream/download/whatever the songs on our bandcamp page as well. The record (and a sweet tape!) will also be available via the Life Like and there will be shows in both Michigan (November) and a European tour (March/April) upcoming!! It's really exciting to work with Betty again, and also to present a set of songs that I think accomplished what they set out to. I really hope you all like it as much as I do!

14 comments:

ingrid said...

what club are you playing in Ypsilanti?

dash said...

love this record

Tracy said...

I love it! Mighty Clouds should probably open up for Swimsuit in Ithaca, yeh?

rameo said...

Ordered it last week from PV because they "had" it first. Been listening to it to digital death. Can't wait for its arrival in my postbox- same goes for the New Beginnings cassette! Hope you head west again sooner then later.

Dianne said...

Loving it. Excited about this 'European Tour' yes please.

xx

FRED said...

ingrid! we're playing at Savoy in ypsilanti the night before thanksgiving.

dash! love you too!

tracy! not this time, but i hope the clouds can do a u.s. tour sometime in the 2011, including ithaca.

chris! hope you like all the sounds, and hope to see you soon.

dianne! you are the best. see you in march or april!!!

Anonymous said...

Will the live sets just be you and Betty, a`la CC?. Or are you putting a band together?

FRED said...

full band for the michigan/u.s. shows. presently just me, betty and the sampler for europe, though things could change if enough people are stoked on the songs!

c in dc said...

Love it, love it, love it. Perfect.
I hope there will be more Mighty Clouds on the horizon.

Dr John Smith said...

Hi where are you visiting in Europe.
Are you doing a live gigs in Ireland.

michelle said...

way to play the US while I'm in europe and europe while I'm in the US! I feel like I'm never going to see you again!

joel said...

Just finally caught up wit the blog and this; beautiful stuff! Can't wait for the wax to come in the mail. Hopefully we can get you back to DC one of these days.

David said...

Absolutely love this!! been waiting for some new SLGTM for a while and stumbled across your blog, how strange!

Im sure London is a natural place to start touring - with Betty in Sweeden and you in the US right?

:)

FRED said...

Hey David! We are actually ending our tour at the Windmill in Brixton, around April 13,14 or so.. Check their calendar if you think to! I hope the dancehall record shop is still on that road...