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30
Jun
16

5th year anniversary of “Lie&Wish”

On June 28th of 2011, my first solo full length album was released. To commemorate the 5 year anniversary I’ve released a video for the first track “A stupid thing called love.”

 

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26
Apr
16

The Apollo Proxy – Sunny Day Lament (Miss the rain)

A lot of the time when a band makes a “live” video it’s not actually live. The Beatles, one of my all time favorite bands have several “live performance” videos that are obviously just them lip syncing to the studio recording and several bands do this making a video look “live” when there are overdubbed harmonies and whatnot that aren’t “performed.” Do I sound like a hater? I’m not trying to hate on bands who do this by any means, usually the songs are stellar enough for it not really to matter and a lot of people probably just like being able to look at something (the band) moving while they listen to the song(s). Anyways, getting to the point, we decided to go into Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline and record two songs live, one being the title of this post and the other being, “Southern Bastard.” We genuinely recorded these songs live with video footage by Echo Prospect Productions that is legitimately live. You may like your songs completely polished and I respect that, but the last two that’ll be on our (Wes Sp8 & The Apollo Proxy) EP are completely live recordings and from the bands perspective we think that may just be how we record our records from henceforth. The first four songs we recorded for this EP, we did the whole isolate all the instruments, overdubs and spent a lot of time mixing them. For the two live ones, we got the sound we wanted, hit record, then we mixed it on the spot. While I know the band is excited to be finished and start writing new and hopefully better songs, I can say I’m proud of this little EP we’re putting out and that’s a pretty weird place for me to be in, being my own worst hyper critic. I’m sure I’ll ride the roller coaster of emotions about it but today I’m excied and that’s a good place to be.

This post is also an introduction to the band and as you’ll see from this song to “Southern Bastard” we are somewhat eclectic. Our EP “You May Proceed” will be released May 6th 2016 at the High Dive! We’d love for you to be there and celebrate with us! We will be sharing the stage with Seacastle and Mts. & Tunnels. For more info about the show go here Facebook Event

Lastly, thanks to Michael Dimitre who suggested I change the title to “Sunny Day Lament,” to Rob Edmondson of Echo Prospect Productions who makes wicked good videos and lastly to Glendon, Cassidy and Jordan who engineered our EP at Robert Lang Studios. Mastered by Justin Cronk.

25
Jul
15

Scared not afraid

Having one of those moments where I want to release something and am doubting its significance.  I read the news almost everyday, followed by social media posts which can be a combination of inspirational followed by a huge downer and vise versa. Patrick Galactic, one of my favorite songwriters said on a blog post a while back, “I write sad songs, so I don’t have to be sad.” What a beautiful statement. As we’ve all seen there is a lot of unfortunate news going on in our world today, it saddens me that we don’t seem to evolving but rather backtracking to a time of hate. We have to share this earth, and the whole reason I’m writing this post is a hope to feel significant, it’s all it ever is.  My struggles feel so insignificant compared to someone else’s but they’re still my struggles.  When I wrote the song “Self righteous suicide,” the feeling was already there, the words came quick and the music even quicker.  I wanted the feeling to be thing that drove it along, as it’s about someone’s struggle with contemplating life and the thought of ending it. It’s something I imaging a lot of people deal with, go through and don’t want to talk about, which is exactly why I’m still hesitant to even put this out because suicide is a tough subject. But I did. My next show is July 31st at the Skylark and I’m thrilled to be joined by Ian Harper who will be playing monster drums alongside. It will be a relentless rock set and I’m stoked to get nasty.

06
Jul
15

Tour notes day four

Enter Santa Barbara. Creek side Inn, 2 sets, 2 1/2hours, day drunk fan man, cops, cuffs, abandoned dog, volume knob 3, grandiose compliment, jacksons, fish tacos by the pier, vatos cussing through family conversations, bikers inside & outside through congested lanes playing with death. Onto Palm Springs.

05
Jul
15

Tour notes skip day two day three

Exit Oregon, Enter California, drought, 6 car wrecks, one fire, Montery, cool weather, nice people, 2 sets, Lincoln, Jacksons & fifteen dollar salads, on to Santa Barbara.

03
Jul
15

Tour notes day one

Tendencies to want to impress, let go of all of those and play, when you’ve got something to say you cannot be afraid. How swell that rhymed well, forget the plans and be. Slept under the full moon by the cottage grove lake with a pocket full of jacksons to spend on coffee and petrol. Day two Ashland Oregon.

19
Feb
15

Wes Speight covers songs?

I’m now taking requests of songs to cover for both the challenge and fun. If you have a request email me on “the social media” or at wes@wessp8.com. I would appreciate if the requests were thought out, as in it’s a song you think I could actually do justice. I’ve been hesitant to even attempt covers where anyone could hear them out of respect for the singer/songwriter and not feeling adequate enough to do a cover justice.  I guess you do change with age, because now I want the challenge and within that challenge have realized how fun it is and so far it hasn’t turned out a total disaster. Part of this challenge is figuring out what the parameters are, such as how long do I have to learn the song and record it because if I have too long I will over think it and it won’t be good, if I make parameters like, I have 4 hours to learn and record the song, I feel it will stay somewhat pure and will force me to be creative within that time frame, plus I’m not trying to become a cover band.  I’m also sorta hoping some of my friends in bands will want to do some covers with me, cause that’d be fun, right? I will also openly admit I am not the greatest drummer or bassist though I do get a kick out of trying to pass as a multi instrumentalist. I’ve got a soundcloud up where you can hear the 4 songs I’ve covered thus far, but today for throw back Thursday I’m emphasizing my cover of the great Roy Orbison’s “Working for the man,” 

Roy’s original version 

I know Roy’s version is better, but I tried and it was fun.

Enjoy yourself,

-WDS