Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

December 31, 2012 by  

And so it ends!

Yep, it’s one of “those” posts. If you’ve even glanced at any forums or social networking sites in the last week, you’ve no doubt seen people summing up their year, giving their top events / albums / films, etc. or just saying “thank f*ck it’s over”. It was quite a big year for the band with lots of stuff coming up, so now is as good as time as any for an update and an idea of what we have on the horizon. ๐Ÿ™‚

So after our break in 2011, what a way to return to the stage with some shows with the legendary Iced Earth! Great shows and they were great guys. Check out Andy’s blog for his thoughts on the tour.

Around then we’d finished writing our new album “Digital Lies” and began recording. The plan was the get it all done before we went out on tour again that year. Well… so much for that! I have to be honest and say that for me, this was one of the most frustrating, unpleasant recording experiences I’ve ever done, and it seemed to never end. Even the writing wasn’t something I was enjoying particularly, although when I listened back to the demos, I knew this was gonna eventually turn into a really good album. I can say that by the end of it – the endless edits, frustrating rhythm parts, layer after layer after layer of vocal harmonies, coordinating guests, and revision after revision of mixes – I’d completely had enough.

Now sitting on the other side of the process, and listening back to the album, as difficult as it is to distance myself from how much I intensely disliked working on it, I honestly think we ended up with some of our best work yet. Good songs, performances, production… I really can’t wait to show it off to everyone! Here’s a clip from the album for those who may not have seen it:

So as you have probably realised, the album didn’t come out in time for the tour, or indeed in 2012 as we originally planned. I’ll get back to that in a minute. What did happen, though, is we went on a pretty extensive tour around Australia, New Zealand and we did our first tour as LORD in Europe when we played the Headbangers Open Air festival. Check out our EUROPEAN TOUR VIDEO DIARIES.

Lots of shows, lots of miles, lots of time in planes, tour vans, sitting backstage, and (at least for the other guys) lots of beer. All the time we were touring, I would get off the road and immediately get back into the studio for more work on the new album, or video clips, or artwork, or promo material. If I had to use a single word to sum up 2012 for me it would be “Exhausting”.

If I had to use another word, it would be “Changes”.

There were a lot of things we did right in 2012 but a lot of stuff where I think LORD strayed a little bit from the path. Not musically – if anything, what we were doing with Digital Lies (and what we have planned after) is true to what LORD is all about, which is diversity and doing what we feel right for us at the time. But there were some aspects of our stage show, marketing, and interactions with the fans that I think we could do better. I know for me personally, I’ve withdrawn a lot from the public eye when I’m not on stage. After doing this for so long, and after working so hard behind the scenes, and being a fairly introverted guy anyway, I’ve found the motivation to be “that guy from LORD” really difficult. The whole circus aspect of being in a band where the music can take a backseat to how drunk you can get, what industry figure’s genitalia you can felate to get ahead, and what magazine you can get your face in just doesn’t appeal to me and I find myself losing patience with it all very quickly.

I’m a musician – I want to play music that I’m proud of and be good at what I do. I’ll pass on the other stuff, thanks. But that all said, I will try harder to to get out and chat with more of you. It may not seem it while I’m locked away in a room somewhere being antisocial, but I do very much appreciate each and every one of you that have supported us in any way.

Lots of other changes were happening behind the scenes too. The most notable is our esteemed drummer getting engaged to his long-time girlfriend Vanessa. Congrats again to both of you guys! I’m sure that 2013 will bring some big changes for both of you. ๐Ÿ™‚ A good portion of the band members moved or are planning to move very soon, so there’s all the fun stress involved in that. For me, I have my video company, Dusk Music Video Production, split over two states when my partner James got engaged to his lovely fiancรฉe Larissa, who was based in Adelaide. Congrats to you guys too! ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes things a little more tricky to do Dusk on a whim but we’re most certainly still a thing, as you can see with the above clip we did this year. Here’s another one:

So what’s coming up next?

LORD-wise, Digital Lies will finally be released. We’re tying up the final details with how we want to release it. Once again, it’ll be out via our own Dominus Records label and licensed or distributed by other companies on our behalf. The industry is in a massive transitional mess right now where everyone is scrambling to work out how to make money from music in 2013. We’ve chosen to take the path of having as much control over our product as possible. It means more work, and probably less exposure for us in the short term, but when you can wake up one day and your label that promised you a lot of money and promo suddenly doesn’t exist anymore, and you’re left with no product to sell and no money for what you’ve done already, you soon realise how fickle this business can be. The more control we have of our destiny, the better.

After the album’s out, we’re off on yet another tour to promote it. It won’t be as big as the 2012 tour but these album launch shows should be something special. We’ll have a bunch of new merch too, which we hope you will like. Every bit of merch, album or show you come to keeps us in business. This is a very expensive business and even just going out on tour in the first place costs us a LOT of money, let alone needing money to press the albums, recording costs and all of that stuff. More than one band member has been fired from their jobs this year because of all of the time we’ve taken off to tour, so there’s a lot of sacrifices that have been made to get LORD out in front of everyone. It’s your support that keeps the band doing what it’s doing, despite the expense and loss of security for our jobs, etc.

All of the details about the tours and release dates will be coming really soon, so keep an eye on this site or our various social networking sites and we’ll see you on the road before you know it! ๐Ÿ™‚

For me personally, I’m looking forward to getting the album out and all of the other goodies we have planned. I’m definitely looking forward to not recording another one this year, let me tell you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I do have a lot of other recording projects planned. One in particular is a project called “Blackened Angel” that I’m doing with my nephew Ricky Boon, guitarist for Serenity Defiled. We’ve been talking about working together on this thing for the last ten or fifteen years. The first volume of a two album set will be out in the first part of the year and the other will hopefully follow later in the year.

I’m also taking my Clarity project out for a very short run of shows with some good friends, who are just amazingly jaw-dropping musicians. It’s nice to go out and just do some shows for fun, and to get your butt kicked at the same time. It’s not about money, or being the biggest band in the country, or trying to impress any industry people… it’s purely to have a good time and play some fun tunes, which is the essence of why we all did this in the first place.

For now, that’s where I’ll leave this blog.

I do want to say a personal thanks to everyone I’ve worked with this year, from the bands we’ve toured with, bands I’ve recorded, artists I’ve done clips for, friends online and in real life, business associates, band mates, partners, and people I’ve met at shows… I hope you have a safe and happy 2013. And remember, you don’t need to wait for any arbitrary date to make a resolution to make a change in your life. It’s all up to you.

That’s all for me. I have a very amazing girl waiting for me to finish writing overly long essays on the LORD site so we can have a nice meal and see in the new year together. Want to see someone having a happy new year? Peek in our window. I’m a very, very lucky person indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

All my best!

– LT, NYE 2012.