To all the gear heads…

This is one of those posts that I wish we had written during the thick of tracking the album. Once you get away from all of that, it is hard to remember some of the last minute gear decisions that you made in the studio. I can’t go back in time however, so I will do my best to provide the information I do remember.

A lot of you will find this completely uninteresting and pointless, but to those that love gear and who like to know what made the sounds they are hearing, this should be at least slightly entertaining…here are some of the pedals, amps, guitars and other musical devices we used on this record.

PEDALS

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At the beginning of this recording process, we (Jon, Aaron and myself) allotted some money to one another to buy one “critical” pedal each. It was pretty fun for us all to see what we could buy and narrow it down to what we needed and then to what is “critical.”

For myself, I chose a Cusack Tap-A-Whirl. This was really the only tremolo that we used on this record and it added a lot of depth and good textures in songs like “Track 1″ (I decided to leave song titles out until after the album release…just to add suspense) and “Track 6.” Overall, it has been a joy on and off the record to play around with this pedal. Definitely one of the most user-friendly, effortless tremolo pedals on the market.

Aaron chose a JHS Pollinator Fuzz. This pedal is huge. If you want to add the biggest foundation you can to a song and still cut through the mix, this is the pedal that will get you there. It was mostly used for low, gutsy stuff on just about every song at some point, but this pedal screams high up and gives you a very interesting germanium fuzz sound especially when paired with some humbuckers or P-90s.

Last but not least, Jon chose a JHS Low Drive, which has since been discontinued by JHS. This is a great one-trick pony. It can basically be a little drive-y or a lot drive-y. It is fantastic for cutting through the mix and adding a little grit where needed and worked wonders on songs like “Track 6″ and “Track 4″

As far as other pedals go, my JHS Morning Glory was almost always on during the recording process and every now and then I would stack it with a Walrus Audio Voyager to get really cutting lead tones. As far as Aaron’s drives, he used a lot of natural amp drive and threw in a Walrus Audio Mayflower pretty often.

We used a lot of other random pedals every now and then. We had a varying cycle of delays we circulated…Strymon Timeline, MXR Carbon Copy, Line 6 DL4 and an EHX Memory Man were the primary delays used. For the most part, a Boss RV-5 was the only reverb pedal used.

AMPS

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We were fortunate to have a fairly good arsenal of amps on our first EP. On my tracking day, I set up with a Fender Bassman, a Silvertone 1483, a Reeves Custom 12 and a Fender Princeton. I did tracks with everything from each amp individually to every stereo combination possible.

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Aaron and I basically used the same assortment of amps, but he traded out the Bassman and added in a Tophat Supreme 16 in the mix. Jon recorded all of his bass tracks using an Ampeg PF-350

GUITARS

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So many guitars. For this section, I will try to keep it a little more concise. I’ll also keep the links to a minimum…

As far as electrics, here is what we used:

Gibson Les Paul Studio
Fender Telecaster ’72 Custom Reissue
Epiphone Sorrento
Duesenberg Starplayer TV
Fender Jazzmaster 62 AVRI
Fender Stratocaster

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As far as Acoustics, I think we only ended up using two. A Martin 000-16 Golden Era and a Breedlove CR125 Herringbone.

On bass, Jon used a G&L USA L2000 and an Ibanez SR506M.

KEYS

Although there are a lot of different sounds on this record, basically all of them were made with a Nord Stage 2. Because Andy is an architect of sounds and the Nord is such a killer keyboard, we were able to replicate some incredible sounds on a low budget.

SYNTHESIZER 

We used synth very sparingly on this record and only used a few different tools.

First, was the Nord. Andy got a lot of unique sounds with the Stage 2.
Secondly, we used a Microkorg.
Last but not least, was a little thing called a Microbrute. And it is incredible. If you are looking for a small synthesizer, this thing is a beast.

-KS

In One Month: What to expect on April 24…

Chances are, you haven’t heard us in awhile. That is because we have been tucked away in The War Room, a studio that lies beneath the hills of Harriman, TN, for around two years now.

We are finally out and are set to debut our EP Through the Fire/Through the Night on April 24th. However, a new record is not all that we hope to bring. Here are some things that you can expect on April 24, 2015.

1) An entirely new sound. When we sat down and decided we were going to record this EP, we had a lot of thinking to do. After long nights in the studio, exposure to a lot of incredibly creative and talented musicians and the addition of Rhett Harken and Jon Lucas as members of The Monday Movement, we arrived-well, are arriving at a truly unique sound that we can’t wait to share with you.

2) New songs! That’s right. Something everyone loves. We not only will be playing Through the Fire/Through the Night in its entirety, but we have a few other new songs up our sleeves to show you and who knows, maybe even a cover or two thrown in the mix.

3) A new season. With new songs come new words. Words that you couldn’t quite relate to before and some you just might not relate to until later. As Aaron and I write, we can’t help but spill out whatever season we are in and we want to share that with you. We want each song to be something that grabs hold of each person in the room and says something to them.

As much as I’d love to let you in on more about the show, I would rather you just come and see it for yourself. We have been working hard to make sure this show is worth every penny you spend on it and come April 24, we hope it shows.

See you in one month at The Square Room.

-KS

The Monday Movement Presents:

Not in a long time have we been this excited about announcing something.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you The Monday Movement’s debut EP:

Through the Fire/Through the Night

We have been working harder than ever before for a year and a half now and could not be more thrilled to share our accomplishments with you. Along with the release of this record comes the release of another very special project we’ve been working on. Eleanor is a short film/promo video/music video (whatever you prefer to think of it as) that we collaborated on with our brilliant friend Tyler Stooksbury. We aimed to write a story that would carry within it the concept of the album and Tyler was able to bring that story to life. We hope you are as excited about this as we are.

Please help us by sharing this video with your friends. It means more to us than you could ever know. Thanks and we’ll see you at The Square Room in downtown Knoxville, TN on 4/24/2015 for the big release.

Fall 2014 Update

Fall has come and is almost gone. Pretty soon, winter will begin and the start of a new year will follow soon after. This summer/fall, we’ve seen a lot of things happen that we haven’t had time to update you guys on.

One of the biggest things we have to formally announce is the addition of two members to The Monday Movement. Jon Lucas and Rhett Harken. Both these guys are incredibly talented and hardworking men. We are very proud to have them as part of the team. You’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the near future.

Secondly, we have been spending countless hours in and out of the studio nearing the close of all of the hard work we’ve done on this record. Right now, we’ve got a little tweaking of mixes and then it is off to mastering. Hallelujah.

Thirdly, we have a big surprise that we are excited to reveal to you before the end of the year.

Until then, here are some pictures from the past few months:

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First show of the year.

On May 23rd, our good friend Mark Woodside is releasing his EP. His baby that he has worked on for the past year. He’s finally come to the end point and he is ready to print and get a copy into any and everyone’s hand. To do so, he is having an EP release show at The Foundry, which if you didn’t know, is located inside the west wing of Fellowship Church. You can find more details on our Facebook page.

Because Mark is a standup guy, he has asked The Monday Movement to open up the night. This night is something we are very much looking forward to. For one, we get to celebrate all of the hard work that Mark has put in over the past year, but we also get to share some of the hard work that we have been putting in. Songs we have recorded and songs you will recognize from former TMM shows that you may have been a part of last year.

So, if you will, come join us and some our friends on this night. We can assure you that we are doing everything we can to make it a night that you won’t regret.

The Monday Movement (reintroduced)

TMM POST NEWAs of today, we have decided to begin a new journey. Almost a year and a half ago, Aaron and I decided to put a band together and play our first show under the name “The Monday Movement.” At the time, we were not doing much of anything musically and we wanted to give our friends something to listen to and have a little fun ourselves. We did have fun. We played around five shows and not a single one did we regret. The Monday Movement, as we were calling it, lasted about six months. At that six month point, once we stopped responding to emails, playing shows, or promoting ourselves, some people became curious as to why we were stopping all of a sudden. To us, it was not strange, considering that it was all just for fun anyway and it was meant to pass the time. Plus, summer was here and there were better things to do. But, there is more to what we did that summer.

The spring of 2013 was filled with answered prayers about the next step. All of a sudden (through many different people that surrounded us and situations God put us in), we knew we were supposed to record. Aaron and I had 5 key songs between us and more being written everyday that did not quite fit the mold of The Monday Movement, but were very much like nothing we had done before either. Within them there was a resounding cry of life and war between dark and light. There was something real about these songs that made them seem like the songs to record. They weren’t our favorite and probably weren’t our best, but they were real and they held truth that we had seen in our own lives.

So, for the past year, we have been recording these songs. We’ve driven long hours, worked harder than ever and experienced hot summer days and cold winter nights. Now, as we approach the end of this journey, we had some decisions to make. Were we going to pursue promotion of these songs? What would we call ourselves if we did? Who would we pursue? For a long time, there were a lot of unanswered questions. We tossed around band names and goals and plans for hours on end with a lot of frustrating days being the result.

Today, we came to the decision that we would release this EP under The Monday Movement’s name. The name has a familiar ring to it and is a name that seems to sum us up pretty well (not completely sure why yet). So, what does this mean for The Monday Movement? There will be new songs and old. There will be new sounds and familiar ones. New faces. Old faces. Our main goal right now is to pursue God above any one sound, lyric, show, image, or name.

So, we are The Monday Movement. Kamron Sanders and Aaron White. We like to play loud, soft and everywhere in between. We like to sing about life and life in Christ. You will meet a lot of our friends and hopefully we will get to meet a lot of yours along the way.

Stay tuned for more news coming soon.

 

Thank you!

-Kamron S

February 2nd

We had such a fun time playing at Remedy on the 22nd, we’ve decided to do it again! This time we will be in the back room. This will allow for a MUCH more comfortable arrangement, better sound quality, and an overall great atmosphere for the night. Go ahead and mark up your calendars, because this night is not far away. There will be limited seating, so try to get there early if you can!