… well, not quite yet, but a bit closer.
The last few days had seen us relocate to the wonderful ICP Studios in Brussels where we were joined by the fabulous Belgian orchestra. You may have heard us playing with these guys at Rock En Seine, so you have an idea of how incredible they sound. Under then capable hands of our arranger / conductor Simon Lole they have added textured layers to the new songs… an aural duvet if you like. The session flowed smoothly and Jerome remained calm and professional throughout, even when asked for the hundredth time by Darius what his favourite food was and what he was going to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the coming week.
We then were able to celebrate with a DJ set at the Potemkin Bar. Thanks to all who came down to see us. Binky, Danny and Dave lead the way with their audio adventure. Was the perfect way to raise a glass to the end of the recording session and a good opportunity for Danny to become better acquainted with the streets of Brussels on one of his exploration journeys. Many thanks go out to our hosts for that evening.
And finally we headed up to Antwerp for our own evening of discovery. Ably assisted by our guide Alan from Deus we took in the sights and smells of the city and also sampled a few Belgian beers. Pollard and Alan made a formidable team at table football and still remain unbeaten. Steep stairs and wobbly chairs were all taken in our stride and even the wrong train via Amsterdam could not stop us from finally getting home in one piece with tales to tell.
Next ? Back into the studio for a long mixing session. Jerome will be working his magic and steering the good ship Archive back into port … that all sounds very romantic !