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In the Studio: Burning Things with Grace Gordon

DECEMBER 3, 2018

Over the last few weeks we’ve been working on a new audio project with actress Grace Gordon. It’s a song/spoken word piece entitled “If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…”

The song will be the b-side on our next single, “Erase This”, scheduled for release in the new year.

Grace Gordon

“If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…” began as a poem Alan wrote many years ago, and was the inspiration for the “Erase This” lyrics. He contacted Grace about working together on the spoken word aspect of the project after hearing her performance on the sci-fi podcast Satellite and seeing her in the indie short film Alone with Company.

Alan wrote the backing music track and laid down a rough sketch, then sent that composition over to Grace. She then gave him seven different performances of the poem… one happy, one somber, one almost whispered, etc, and those various takes were comped into one master performance.

Alan Lastufka in the studio recording Burn Them 2

Once Alan had the basic song developed, he sent the entire multitrack project over to Christian. Christian added a few layers of guitar, replaced Alan’s programmed synth bass with a real bass, and engineered the final mix.

Christian’s been using a lot more guitar pedals and other outboard gear in our sessions lately, relying more on capturing the right sound from the beginning and less on tinkering with plugins later.

Christian Caldeira in the studio recording Burn Them 2

This project is definitely the most experimental thing The Caulden Road has taken on so far, but we hope to tackle more stuff like this in the future. Pop rock songs are fun, but so is spoken word poetry!

We can’t wait to share our new songs with you in 2019!


UPDATE: “Erase This” b/w “If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…” has now been released. You can listen to it here.