For my darling Peter. I love you.
I've been learning drums for the past six months, and every time I had a practice, Peter would ask for a video because he enjoyed watching me practice. I couldn't send him a video sometimes, because, little did he know, I was working on these songs for his birthday.
Peter often bemoans the fact that Type O Negative are no more, and that there is no more of that fantastic, gothic doom that they made their own. I thought it would be nice to try and capture that mood here and rekindle a little of that spirit. Try as I might, I couldn't quite get those low vocals that Peter Steele was famous for. Not my forté, I guess! Still, it has my own personality in it, and I have worked many late nights trying to get this track right.
I need to give massive thanks to Rik Spanner, who took time out to let me use his house as a recording space and allowed me to use his drumkit for these recordings (and made much coffee). Max Mayes is also an absolute hero, for taking the whole day, at short notice, to record them for me. He coaxed more and more out of me, and was very patient with me, considering I was quite nervous and my first couple of takes were like those of a drunk child with some saucepans. Just when I thought I'd done a perfect take, he'd say, "I reckon you can do better", and away we'd go. I know I'm not a great drummer yet, but I think that Max helped me get to my best on the day and the recordings are excellent. He also mixed them in record time to a high standard. Thank you so much, Max. together, Max and Rik make up Spanner in the Works Music, who are are dedicated to helping underground artist in a totally DIY fashion. Check out their page at www.facebook.com/pages/Spanner-In-the-Works-Music
Peter has brought so much to my life and I hope I can thank him somewhat with this birthday gift. Happy birthday, my dear.