The Waiting is the Hardest Part


This Friday, Nick, Joe and I are going to start recording the next Science Club record. This is what I can tell you about it.

We’re recording it at Headroom Philly, which has recorded a lot of music by a lot of bands that we all deeply love / respect, including Kite Party, Algernon Cadwallader, Dangerous Ponies, and Ma Jolie. We’re doing this because we wanted to try recording somewhere with people who have some more punk background, and because our boys in DaleWillRecordYou, the studio that we did Failure Ballads and Aging Punks with, is on indefinite hiatus.

I’m excited about working with Headroom, but I’m also nervous. They’re a real studio, that real good bands have worked with, and I want to stack up. I want them to be able to add us to the discography page with pride. Also, our last attempt at a full-length was sort of a clusterfuck, for a lot of reasons, and that’s making me a little skittish. I probably shouldn’t be.

We’re going to record 11 songs. I can’t say for sure if all of them will be released at the same time, on the same album, or if we’ll cut one or two off, or parse them ou- ah, I’m just fucking with you, we’re going to put them all out at the same time on the same record. The record doesn’t have a title yet. I’ve been calling it Marathon in my iTunes, but that doesn’t mean anything.

The songs feature more guitar solos than all of our previous works combined. Not sure if that’s because I’ve gotten better at guitar, if I’ve run out of ideas, if the songs just sound better with some more solos, or if I’m becoming Stephen Malkmus.

Nick sings lead on two songs, but he’s going to be a lot more present on the record than in past recordings. Thinking about it, I think the two of us sing together on about eight of the songs. I’m stoked about this. I always want Science Club to be one of those bands with two strong singers. I think we always have been, and I’m glad our output is going in that direction.

Nick and Joe both bring the fucking thunder on these songs. There are a couple of songs I can think of Nick or Joe single-highhandedly saved from the trash heap, all because they did something cool as fuck in practice that totally changed our perspective on how the songs could sound. I love being in a band with them. It’s the easiest thing in the world.

The songs are, for the most part, about the realization that you will never be as good or as capable as you want to be, there will always be someone better than you at something you love, and the key is finding a way to not give up regardless. In essence, another good times part record from the band that promised you all your friends would die.

I’m nervous. I’m excited. I hope I play my guitar parts correctly. I hope I sing well. I’m nervous. I’m excited.