It was almost a year ago that Mose Giganticus came back into Red Planet to record Gift Horse, the full length follow up to 2008′s Commander! EP. Since finishing the record, Mose had been shopping it around to different labels, trying to find someone to release it. It wasn’t long before a certain label (who as of this writing, because of contractual reasons, shall remain nameless) did express great interest in releasing Gift Horse. One of the conditions, however, is that it has to be re-recorded in one of the studios that this label already has a working relationship with. One of the reasons they want it re-done is that this label has a certain sound for all of their releases and this release will be no different. Another reason, we suspect, is that they want to own the recording and master of the record. Of course, they could easily do this by just buying the existing recording from Mose, so it must be a combination of those two reasons, or even others we haven’t considered.
Whatever the case, I can’t say that I’m not disappointed that it needs to be re-done. We spent a lot of time recording and mixing that record and personally, I think it came out pretty damn well. Not only that, but there is a certain value to having my name and the studio’s name on the release. When a record has as wide of a distribution as this one I expect will have, it means a lot of people will hear it and see our name and hopefully it would send more bands our way. It’s practically free advertising. That is now being taken way from me.
I could look at it that way, or I could see an opportunity. I’ve been recording in my own studio for over 5 years now. I’ve been recording my own bands for about 10 years. It’s been about as long since I’ve even stepped foot in a studio other than my own. This will, at the very least, be a chance for me to see how other engineers operate, learn a few new tricks, and just meet and talk with other people who do what I do. It could be a very good learning experience. Also, when we recorded Gift Horse the first time, I only played a couple guitar parts on 3 of the songs. This time around, Mose wants me to play on all the tracks and also provide backing vocals on some songs. So it’s not all bad news. I’m kind of looking forward to going back in and doing it all over again.