A little break, a "Cathode Ray Days" mini rehearsal video clip from Better Than The Book, more $5 Patreon rewards: Jabun's "Home" + another exclusive demo from Jabun's upcoming 2nd album for the $10+ patrons + more updates!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great final week of February and are suitably filled with pancakes if you celebrated on Tuesday! It's been a reasonably relaxed week for the most part as my brother Eamon (Harmonica and 2nd guitarist from the BTTB live band) was over for a visit so I wasn't in the studio much while he was here. The rest of my week has been catching up on admin things and practicing more Better Than The Book live stuff, as well as topping the Jabun album demos up to 55+ minutes just about! Nevertheless there are are fair few things to report this week with new video clips and Patreon rewards to share so let's get to it!
First of all, another LIVE video clip to share with you today from a mini Better Than The Book rehearsal in January 2020! This time we’re playing "Cathode Ray Days" from the Two Years On album and the main purpose of this practice was to go over vocal harmonies, of which Cathode Ray Days has a lovely 3 part section in the 2nd verse! Hope you enjoy this more intimate practice and check out the video below!
Nick Standing: Composer, Guitar + lead vocals
Eamon Standing: Harmonica + backing vocals
Sam Brown: Bass + backing vocals
Andy Forman: Drumsticks + sofa
"Cathode Ray Days" and the rest of the Two Years On album are available on all major digital distributors as well as the Better Than The Book Bandcamp page:
Or of course you can pick them up if you haven't already when you become a supporter on Patreon! Easy peasy with a side serving of the full Better Than The Book discography and more when you sign up, and with the project going live, we could use all the support we can get to push it as far as possible! Another set of $5 rewards was just posted too (which we'll get to in a second) so come join the community:
Just 4 more of these videos to come over the next month, but next time we’re moving from short clips to some full song play-throughs from the first LIVE and loud rehearsal session! Subscribe to the BTTB YouTube channel to get them fresh off the press, and I'll see you next week for another one!
Onto the next piece of news for this week, yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means another set of reward posts for the $5 and $10 supporters on Patreon are out, and this time we have the next track from Jabun's discography and the only one to be released in 2014: Home!
Home is another track which holds a special place in my heart as I wrote and released it in the weeks coming up to Eva and I's 1st anniversary. It's a wonderful expression of the amalgamations of my musical history and various influences, piano combining with full orchestra and many synths, a parallel to the wonderful new life I'd discovered over the past year (excuse the soppiness)! The main plucky synth was a Moog Prodigy emulator, the Prodigy (synth) being probably my all-time favourite mono-synth and my go-to for all my analogue mono-synth sounds even to this day. Amazingly enough, on our first anniversary, Eva and I went to London where we first confessed our feelings and I found and played on a REAL vintage Moog Prodigy on Denmark Street! Home was my first track as Jabun to be given a Front Page award on Newgrounds, and as with its predecessor Distance would go on to be remastered for the 2017 Jabun album: Daydream! I hope you enjoy Home:
Listen on Bandcamp: https://jabun.bandcamp.com/track/home
For those of you interested too, the artwork for Home was based around a picture my mum took in the back garden of our family home in Sussex, UK! Thanks for letting me use the photo, Ma!
For the $10 patrons, you've got another exclusive demo from Jabun's upcoming 2nd album to look forward to as well as an article on the composition/production process for it! Become a $10 patron to access that article and many more now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter! With the new REWARD ARCHIVE tag it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them :)
That's it for this month's rewards! There aren't any 2015 Jabun tracks to share, so next time we'll be moving onto the 2016 Jabun discography, or perhaps something entirely different, or maybe even both; I've not quite decided yet! Whatever the case I hope you have an excellent time whatever you're up to until then and thanks as always for supporting Better Than the Book, Jabun and my various projects on Patreon! Take care and enjoy the tunes :)
And that's it for today's update too. I'll be back next time with the first of the full song LIVE rehearsal videos and some $1 Patreon rewards and I'm sure there'll be more exciting news to share too! Looking forward to it and until then, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Jabun and Better Than The Book and I hope you have a great week! Take care!
Nick Standing; HurpADervish; Jabun!
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