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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Distractions in the studio

The first Distractions recording session for almost 30 years got underway at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool at 10 a.m. on Wednesday 16th June 2010. The goal was a new Distractions single which will come out on Occultation hopefully later this year and the line-up was:

Mike Finney: vocals
Steve Perrin: guitar, vocals, tambourine
Nick Garside: bass
Nick Halliwell: guitar, vocals
Stuart Mann: drums
Richard Turvey: piano, organ

Three songs were recorded, two written by Steve Perrin, a new one called "Lost" plus a completely revamped version of "Nicole", originally written for (and demoed by) his post-Distractions band The Escape Committee, plus "Oil Painting", written by Nick Halliwell of The Granite Shore. All three tracks were recorded live, without a click track and with Mike singing guide vocals, then minimal overdubs (including some fine piano and organ work by Richard Turvey of The Wild Swans) and vocals were added. Mr Finney is in very, very fine voice... It really is great to have them back.

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