The last few months have been a bit topsy turvy in the world of The Hair Thieves, due to some family and work commitments plus holidays. So progress has been a bit slow.
EP8 has been recorded and is in the process of being mixed and mastered.
This will be out in January 2017, though we will try and get the first track "The Distance" out around Christmas or New Year.
EP9 is currently being recorded. A couple songs are close to completion or completed. The first of these is the track "Lies" which has been released onto Bandcamp and a video has been made using the game Kerbal Space Program.
Lies has also been released as a single to Amazon / Spotify etc.
As you may notice, from the picture at the top, this release does not feature our usual manikin character. We have decided to retire him (and her) after ten years of being on our covers. (Nothing to do with Kate Bush using one on the cover of her live album). We used to photograph physical manikins, before computer generating them for the last few covers.
As some of you may know, I (rollasoc) dabble in photography. E suggested we use some of the smoke photography I did between 2007 and 2012. So the "Lies" image is from that period.
I recently spent two evenings doing some new batches of smoke images. So I now have about a thousand images to choose from for further covers. The first has been edited.
This may very well be the cover for EP8.
I doubt it will be the last we see of the manikin though. We shall see.
As we may have mentioned proviously. EP9 is likely to be all instrumental.
Failing that, we might just gather the 8 instrumetals from the first 8 EPs, the four tracks written for EP9 and some really old Hair Thieves songs (Tilly, Fables and the Deconstruction, Cases of Conscience, Silverpit etc) and release a compilation of instrumentals as an album.
We are undecided at this point.
E has started writing for EP10. We have a little buffer of songs we could use, so we will go through these and see what is worth salvaging.
Next blog will be about the song "The Distance" the lead song of EP8.