Fans of local band All Mighty Voice are in for a treat next spring.
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Local band All Mighty Voice have begun recording their first full-length album, with an anticipated spring 2014 release date. From left to right: Shayne Lazarowich, Jordan Balicki, Abraham Lancaster, Ian Dickson and Lucy James.
Sessions are currently underway for the group’s first full-length album. Members are hopeful that the planned CD, to be comprised of all-original material, will see a May 2014 release date along with an accompanying tour.
“We’ve started … some pre-production work and a couple different tracks,” guitarist Shayne Lazarowich said.
“We hope to have 10 songs on the full-length CD. That’s our plan. We have all the songs chosen (and) mapped out with what we want.”
The five members of All Mighty Voice -- who all share lead vocal duties -- include Lazarowich, bassist Abraham Lancaster, guitarist Jordy Balicki, keyboard player Lucy James and drummer Ian Dickson.
While the band had previously recorded a five-track EP, the forthcoming album will be their first recording with a drummer, which members anticipate will result in a fuller sound.
“We are really fortunate to have Ian Dickson playing drums on there … He’s the newest member of the band and we’re grateful to have him playing percussion on this album,” Lancaster said.
“It will definitely be a much more … rocking kind of sound than our old EP,” Lazarowich said, adding that, “There are faster songs on it -- more upbeat kind of songs than what were on that one.”
Recording a full-length CD had long been on the band’s agenda, but the project received a significant boost this week when a regional radio chain selected All Mighty Voice as one of 20 provincial recipients in its Project 10K20 Saskatchewan.
From 2010 to 2014, the initiative will award $10,000 each to 80 Saskatchewan artists for the purpose of recording and mastering a professional CD.
“This album was going down with or without our 10K20,” Balicki said. “But it’s a huge help.”
In order to qualify, the band had to submit an application with a projected budget, marketing plan and sample tracks.
“It’s based on a few different criteria … being able to actually define what we’re going to use the money for, so it’s not like we’re just going out and spending it on hotel rooms and food and stuff like that, and beer,” Lancaster said.
Noting the role of the group’s fan base, he added, “If it wasn’t for the support that we have from other people in the community, being lesser known may have made it more difficult to get it. But it’s nice that we have that support from people and they know who we are.”
Because we’re all different songwriters, you’ll hear one person singing one song, another person singing a different song, and that kind of makes up the ‘all mighty voice.’ Abraham Lancaster
The extra funding means the as-yet-untitled CD will be able to boast higher-quality production, in addition to giving the band more breathing space with regard to expensive studio time.
Despite the band’s lengthy songwriting history, the bulk of the material on the album is comparatively recent.
“They’re not songs that we’re grabbing from five years ago,” Balicki noted. “The majority of this album was written in the last year.”
With each band member an accomplished singer/songwriter in his or her own right, the range of potential material was vast.
In whittling down the available songs to the final 10 that will appear on the CD, the band concentrated on selections that would produce an album with a cohesive sound -- one that would help define the group.
“This is the sound that we want to portray to everybody, and it has a very dynamic feel,” Lancaster said.
“It’s not just like where you listen to one album and every single song sounds exactly the same. Because we’re all different songwriters, you’ll hear one person singing one song, another person singing a different song, and that kind of makes up the ‘all mighty voice.’”
Band members will manage both the production and distribution of the album.
Asked whether he had any favourites from the projected track listing, Lancaster teased, “There’s a couple bangers.”
“We can’t divulge any more than we will be showing a few sneak peeks in the next little while -- kind of late winter, early spring -- to give everybody a taste of what’s happening.”