New Greenfoot Song: Entangled

My band, Greenfoot is happy to share the 2nd of 4 new songs: Entangled


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Entangled is one of the most fun songs to drum. As we were writing this song, I experimented with a lot of different cymbal colors and rhythms that change in each phrase. I love bass riff Julien adds in the middle of the song (around the 2:19), as well as how the soloing guitar trades off with the vocals at this part.

If you’d like, you can download a free MP3 of this song by becoming a Friend of Greenfoot. Just go to http://GreenfootMusic.com/friends/ and sign-up – it’s free!
I’d love to hear what you think of the song! Be on the look out next Friday when we release the 3rd of 4 new songs!

New Greenfoot Song: Highwater

As I mentioned in my previous post, Greenfoot just released our first of four new songs: Highwater.  Check it out!

Highwater by Greenfoot

You’re more than welcome to buy the track (name your own price) by clicking on “Download” below – but if you’d like the track for free, just become a “Friend of Greenfoot” and download the MP3. It’s free to sign up, simply go to the Greenfoot Web Site and join!

I’d love to hear what you think! Feel free to comment!

How can a band disappear correctly?

This week starts an exciting month for my band, Greenfoot.  On Friday we released "Highwater", the first of four brand new singles over four weeks. We’re releasing one song per week to add some hype to the new songs, but also to help us out in a different way.

In the fall of 2007 we went though a lineup change.  Getting a new member up-to-speed is always difficult, especially when you only have a 3 piece band.  We were back in the basement for seven months getting up-to speed on all current material (essentially re-writing many of our songs), working on some new material and getting the lineup comfortable enough to play out again.  In the summer of 2007 we were finally on a roll, playing over a dozen shows and getting our name out there.  That all came to a grinding halt during the lineup change and we basically disappeared off the face of the Earth.  When we finally re-emerged in the spring of 2008, we basically were starting fresh.  We didn’t do a good job of maintaining contacts with booking agents – especially when we didn’t have anything to offer them (ability to play show). With the live music biz being what it is, many of our contacts had changed as well.  It took a lot of work to try to get part of that momentum that we had before the lineup change.

Now Greenfoot is currently on a 5 week break from rehearsing or playing any shows due to our bass player traveling, as well as our lead singer welcoming their second child into the world.  While this break was much-needed, it also has come at a time where we again had strong momentum.  We were playing a steady stream of shows, writing new material and making good progress towards our goals.  Being off the radar for 6 weeks would be another significant blow for our progress.

This time we’re trying something different, using these new songs to our advantage. Over the spring and summer we recorded these four new songs, with the typically “as soon as we get them done” release date in mind.  When we realized we were going to be out over a month, we sat on these songs for a while, with the idea that we can at release something new and have some exciting developments at a time when we’re not playing shows or rehearsing.  These songs aren’t tied to a new album, so rather than releasing these all at once, we’re putting one out each week to get people back to our web site, as well as checking out the new and songs we have posted.  Hopefully we’re now able to “disappear” correctly, with fans not realizing that there’s no one behind the curtain.

We were fortunate enough to have these songs in our back pocket, but looking back at where we were a year ago I’m wondering what we could have done differently when we disappeared.  Is there a right way to disappear, especially when it’s something as unexpected as a lineup change?  Is there anything that bands on hiatus can do to keep contacts fresh, as well as maintain interest from booking agents?  I’d be anxious to for any ideas people may have.

Tech Gripe: Does Qwest cap uploads?

This is another question/technology gripe I’m throwing out there to see if anyone is experiencing the same thing: Does Qwest DSL drop your connection when you’re uploading large files?

I was doing some Greenfoot work tonight, and am trying to upload our new tracks to a hosting/steaming service.  The service is asking for WAV files so that they can encode on-the-fly – fair enough.  I upload the WAV files ranging from 40-55mb, not huge by any means, but sizeable.  I tried uploading directly to the web site, but about 20% into the upload my DSL connection drops for a few minutes, reconnecting to a different IP address and breaking my upload.  I’ve tried different protocols/applications (Live Mesh, FTP), which resulted in the same behavior.  I’ve eliminated any doubt that this is being caused by a specific machine, then eliminated my router from the equation.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me using Qwest DSL, so I’m left with my original question: Is Qwest dropping DSL connections that are uploading large files?

I *think* I’m solving the issue by breaking the file into 2mb pieces, FTP’ing the files to a non-DSL machine and uploading them that way.  Talk about a pain in the ass!