After our October tour of the UK, road-weary and ragged, we went straight into the studio (Reservoir Studios) to begin recording the next Champs album.
Many hours in the bus were spent listening to Soul classics from the 60s, and this has shone through in the resulting feel of the new album.
All the rhythm section and most of the lead vocals were recorded in the first four days as a live four-piece of Dan, Chris, Steve and Paul (Paul bought a Silverface Princeton Reverb that he could crank in the studio and not overpower the room).
The results were fantastic! Four musicians attuned and balanced!
Then some guitar overdubs, me and Geoff put down pedal steel and saxophone, a bit of brass, some backing vocals, a few days of mixing with Chris developing a severe case of cabin fever offset only by boxes of red wine.
It’s almost there.. now the eternal conundrum – What’s it gonna be called?!
Should be available some time in the spring…
The album is now out, it’s title is ‘What Kind of Love’ this is the cover (photo by Tom Sheehan)