"Getting Down" was produced, mixed, and mastered by Bob Sauler at Rockview Studio in Bristol, PA. All songs were written and arranged by Airplane Noise.

 

Go Ahead I saw you yesterday, tears running down your face. You're gonna be OK. That must be the first time things haven't worked out right. You should get used to this. I know that he still loves you. Come and face the day. I know that he will be back. Wipe those tears away. Go ahead, feel sorry for yourself. How does it feel to have the earth revolve around you? I bet you couldn't care less. I wish I felt so normal. I wish I felt like you. I wish I could progress. I know that he still loves you. Come and face the day. I know that he will be back. Wipe those tears away. Go ahead, feel sorry for yourself.

Kevin Centofanti - Bass, Vocals
John McMonagle - Vocals
Mike Mikowicz - Drums
Warren Miller - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
April Sauler - Vocals
Bob Sauler - Vocals

Last Night Last night, she said that she don't care, then why should I care, either? What she said and what she means are two different things. She said we should take a break. Last night, I tried to make things right, but she had someone over. So I went out with the guys and tried to have a good time, thinking we were on a break. Friends don't take breaks, so why are you going? We both made mistakes, so why are we throwing things away? Last night, she said that she don't care, then why should I care, either?

Kevin Centofanti - Bass
Mike Mikowicz - Drums
Warren Miller - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
April Sauler - Vocals

One Cup of Coffee I'll feed these words to you through song and hope they digest well. I swore I'd never fall in love, but then I fell. One cup of coffee could make you mine. I need you like I need my pills when I get down. I love you and I always will, so stick around. One cup of coffee could make you mine.

Kevin Centofanti - Bass, Vocals
John McMonagle - Vocals
Mike Mikowicz - Drums
Warren Miller - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Harmonica, Xylophone
April Sauler - Vocals
Bob Sauler - Guitar

I Will Always Win Just in case you're wondering what I've been up to lately, I'll tell you tales of my success, exaggerated greatly. I will always win this dumb competition. You haven't seen the last of me. I will always win. Just in case you're wondering why I've been MIA, I'll fill your head with lame excuses why I went away. I will always win this dumb competition. You haven't seen the last of me. I will always win.

Warren Miller - Vocals, Guitar, Tambourine
April Sauler - Vocals
Bob Sauler - Guitar, Shaker

Goodbye I bet you're admired by many, pursued by few, 'cause they know you're out of their league. I don't want to be another face in the sea of faces who try to be by your side. In all my wildest dreams, I could never dream of you. I'm careful in choosing my words. I try to be witty. I try to make you laugh. But all the intelligent things I seem to think disappear when you're near. In all my wildest dreams, I could never dream of you. I can't sit back from a distance, try to love you with this silence. Now I want you more than ever, though I see you hardly ever. History has taught me nothing. Time has passed and I've learned one thing: Take these chances while you get them, make mistakes and don't regret them. Right? I never said goodbye.

Kevin Centofanti - Bass, Vocals
John McMonagle - Vocals
Mike Mikowicz - Drums
Warren Miller - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
April Sauler - Flute, Vocals
Bob Sauler - Guitar



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Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 1 - December 6, 2009
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

Kevin arrived at Bob's at approximately 4:00 p.m. Mike and I arrived a few minutes later. We were late because we stopped for a bite to eat at Bristol's finest pizza and beer establishment, where a Spanish man twice stuck his fingers in my pizza fries to communicate to the man behind the counter what he wanted to order. We spent some time getting reacquainted with Bob, filling him in on what we've been up to since we saw him last. Bob made fun of me for my career as the writer/editor of an engineering firm's quarterly publication. He accused me of selling out and "telling lies for the man." He sarcastically did the same thing to Kevin for working in a domestic abuse shelter.

Because I failed to inform Mike to bring a clutch for his hi-hat, Bob had to call his friend, Tim, to bring one over. Bob set up microphones around the drums and Kevin cut his fingernails while we waited.

Tim arrived a short while later. Bob called him a sweetheart.

After the microphones were all set up, Bob began checking drum levels. After that was all sorted out, Bob set me up with a microphone to record scratch vocals and plugged my guitar and Kevin's bass into a couple of processors. We then laid down drum (and possibly bass) tracks for "Go Ahead," "Last Night," "One Cup of Coffee," and "Goodbye."

Bob instantly learned the lyrics to all of the songs and sang along while we recorded. He was so inspired by one particular lyric in "One Cup of Coffee" ("I need you like I need my pills when I get down.") that he actually popped a pill, washing it down with a beverage he was drinking from a chalice with the word "PIMP" emblazoned on it.

He then accused me of intentionally trying to corrupt today's youth and inspiring them to do harm to themselves as a result of my "emo" lyrics. He also made comments about sleeping with my girlfriend. I, in return, made disparaging remarks about his penis size. It was all in good fun.

We wrapped up shortly thereafter and talked a little bit about our expectations for the record. I basically repeated that I want it to sound like the Beatles. Bob seemed genuinely excited about helping us out any way he could.

Approximate time spent recording: 4 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 2 - December 9, 2009
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

Kevin went to Bob's to fix some tempo issues we had in "Go Ahead" and "Goodbye" and to record bass tracks for those two songs, "Last Night," and "One Cup of Coffee." I wasn't there, so I don't know what else they did. Bummer.

Approximate time spent recording: 2 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 3 - December 12, 2009
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

I showed up at Bob's at 12:30 p.m. When I knocked on his door, I was greeted with a yell from inside: "Come in! Don't EVER knock!" Bob previously told us that he has trouble sleeping, so I think he was still waking up when I arrived. He was ostensibly a little cranky.

I let myself in and headed straight for the studio to unload the instruments I was carrying. Afterward, I went to look for Bob to give him a proper greeting. When I called out his name, he told me to wait a few minutes while he got ready--but this was AFTER I saw his naked ass through the cracked bathroom door. How would I describe Bob's naked ass? Easy. Two words: Silky smooth.

Embarrassed, although I'm not entirely sure Bob knew I saw him, I retreated back into the studio. Kevin came a few minutes later, just before I began humiliating myself on the drums. Bob showed up soon after with a guest named Steve, who's trying to learn some things about recording, and we began setting up the microphone to record the acoustic guitar in "I Will Always Win."

After a few takes, Bob noticed a clicking noise. All of us tried to determine where it was coming from, but couldn't figure it out. I wasn't tapping my foot, hitting my guitar into a nearby keyboard, or moving around in the stool on which I was sitting. Finally, Kevin discovered that I was occasionally tapping my pick against the pickguard when I strummed. Conscious of the fact from that point forward, I was able stop the tapping and record a usable take or two.

Next, we settled on some electric guitar tones, and Bob did some last-minute intonating before I began recording guitar parts for "Last Night," "Go Ahead," "One Cup of Coffee," and "Goodbye."

All of the takes went pretty well, and there weren't many things I needed to fix. Bob, however, is going to lay down some additional parts at some point--acoustic guitar tracks for "I Will Always Win," "One Cup of Coffee," and "Goodbye" and a lead electric guitar part for "Goodbye."

We ended the session by recording some feedback noises to incorporate into "Go Ahead" and "Goodbye." Feedback rules.

Approximate time spent recording: 3 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 4 - January 2, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

I got to Bob's at 6:00 p.m., unsure of what I was going in to record. There's still so much to do! We finally agreed to lay down keyboards. First, I recorded the lead synthesizer line in "Go Ahead." At one point, near the end of the pre-chorus, Bob discovered a note that was in disharmony with a vocal line, so he recommended I play something different--this is why we're recording with Bob instead of some jerk that owns a studio and doesn't care about the music that's being churned out there. Aside from that, there were no other problems with the song, and I finished recording it relatively quickly.

Next, I recorded synthesizer and piano tracks for the chorus in "Goodbye." I also attempted to record a rhythm piano part in the verses, but we both thought it could sound better, so Bob suggested I experiment with each chord's different fingerings and we'll have another go at it in the future.

"One Cup of Coffee" is a few years old, so there were no real issues while recording that. We did, however, decide to add a new wrinkle to one part of the song, but it was really nothing major and only required an extra take or two.

Finally, I recorded vibes for "I Will Always Win." I didn't have a part written for the chorus, so Bob recommended that I play the same bit I play during the verse (only slightly altered). He said that all the cool kids are doing it these days, including Britney Spears. You know what I always say? When it comes to music, if it's good enough for Britney Spears, it's good enough for me.

Approximate time spent recording: 2 hours


Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 5 - January 9, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

We devoted this entire session to singing. I started off recording lead vocals for all of the songs. The only trouble I had was with "I Will Always Win," which has a killer first line that I was originally trying to sing all in one breath. Bob, however, recommended a couple of spots within the line where I could take another breath, and within a few tries, I was able to successfully record that portion of the track.

Kevin sang next. He recorded vocals for "Go Ahead" and "One Cup of Coffee."

He then attempted to sing the low "Ahs" in "Goodbye," but had a difficult time doing it. I tried to take over, but had an equally difficult time singing that part. My voice was really shaky. Fortunately, I think we were able to record at least one good take of it.

Since I was behind the microphone again, we decided to do some additional background vocals for "One Cup of Coffee," "Go Ahead," and "I Will Always Win." We already had background parts for the songs, but Bob had a lot of good suggestions, and we were able to come up with new parts in all three songs.

John sang last and really knocked his parts out of the park. He recorded vocals for "Go Ahead," "One Cup of Coffee," and "Goodbye."

We were especially excited with how "Goodbye" sounded, as Bob had an idea for John to sing the high "Ahs" a moment after the low "Ahs." It created this really great Beach Boys-like moment. Kevin thought we should find a way to have all of the instruments drop out so we could really hear the great harmonies. Bob and I both had a similar idea of having the end of the track turn to chaos and throwing in bits of the harmonies behind said chaos. It sounds like a brilliant idea now, but we'll see how it turns out in the editing stage.

Approximate time spent recording: 4 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 6 - January 17, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

I went into the studio this afternoon with the intention of selecting the best vocal takes and recording some odds and ends. Before we got started, though, Bob played me some acoustic guitar tracks he recorded over the week for "One Cup of Coffee," "I Will Always Win," and "Goodbye." Needless to say, they sound fantastic--bright-sounding, Beatles-inspired stuff, a la "Here Comes the Sun," "Two of Us," "I'll Follow the Sun," etc.

The first song Bob and I tackled was "Last Night." I wrote a synthesizer part for the song over the week because I thought it would complement "Go Ahead" nicely. The part I came up with included a very simple melody in the bridge, as I was worried about interfering with the bass line. Bob assured me that I could play something a little more complicated and it wouldn't clash with the bass. I'm really happy with how the whole thing turned out.

Next, I recorded a xylophone part for "One Cup of Coffee." I played a new melody beneath the harmonica lead and mirrored the existing piano melody beneath the two choruses. I like the chorus bit more than the other part, but overall, I'm not sure it sounds very good. Bob insists that he likes it, though.

After a few weeks of practicing different piano fingerings, I took another stab at a piano part in "Goodbye." Bob and I determined that it made the song sound too wimpy and we abandoned it before it was completed.

For "I Will Always Win," we decided to add a little percussion. It's an acoustic song, so we didn't want to add any heavy drums or anything, so we settled on a shaker and a tambourine. At first, I recorded a steady rhythm with the shaker, but Bob had something slightly different in mind and recorded a more choo choo train-sounding rhythm that came out really well.

I then recorded a tambourine part, hitting the instrument with a drumstick while at a forty-five degree angle against the floor.

I commented to Bob that it sounded like someone banging on a trashcan lid (in a good way). Fat Albert and the Junk Yard Band-style! At this point in time, it's one of my favorite parts of the record.

The last things we recorded were vocal harmonies in "Last Night" and "One Cup of Coffee." The harmonies in "Last Night" were easy enough. I only sang the choruses in a slightly higher pitch. "One Cup of Coffee," however, proved to be extremely difficult, as I had to relearn an entirely new part and sing the whole song over again. I explained to Bob that when I first wrote the song, I sang entirely different notes than the current vocal melody, which was also an entire octave lower. Since then, though, the song has morphed from a soft, acoustic guitar song to a piano-driven, pop ballad, and I've felt that the newer vocal melody has become too whiny. So, in an effort to combat that, Bob and I worked out a lower part, so it's sort of a dual lead vocal now. I think it's improved the song immensely.

I wanted to record more vocal parts for "I Will Always Win," but we were running out of time, so I sat with Bob while he removed certain guitar tracks that we didn't need in order to free up space on his computer. We never got around to finalizing lead vocal takes. Oh, well. Next time?

Approximate time spent recording: 4 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 7 - January 23, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

Because we never got around to it last time, this session was devoted to finalizing vocal tracks. If I learned anything about this process, it was that it takes a loooooooooooong time. We had to listen to several takes of both lead and background vocals to ensure that every note of every line was in pitch.

While listening to the harmony in the chorus of "Last Night," we determined that a couple of notes at the end of the line needed to be changed, so I had to record a new part. I was trying to make it sound smooth (like Michael Jackson), but it kept coming out gruff, like I was laboring through it (like Bruce Springsteen).

Fortunately, I eventually pulled it off and we were able to move on to "Go Ahead," which had no issues.

A single word in "One Cup of Coffee" was flat in both lead vocal takes that were recorded, so I had to rerecord the line "I swore I'd never fall in love" in the first verse. Instead, I sang the entire song over again with a different approach. Both Bob and I like it better than the original take. Bob said that it sounds like Michael Stipe. I'm not a huge REM fan or anything, but I thought that was a nice compliment.

This was as far as we got. Like I said, it's a loooooooooooong process.

Approximate time spent recording: 4 hours


Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 8 - February 28, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

John and I, with special guest Ramon, got to Bob's at 2:15 p.m. I had to pick John up at his place in Philadelphia, and it took a little longer than I expected to get there, so we were 15 minutes late. Once we settled in, though, our first order of business was to eat, so Bob ordered a few pizzas from a place called Anthony's.

While John and Ramon went to go pick them up, Bob and I worked on adding an echo effect in "Last Night" ("...I care, either...I care, either...I care, either..."). At this point, we both like how it sounds at the end of the song, but we're uncertain how much echo is necessary in the beginning. We might just get rid of it altogether. We'll see.

John and Ramon returned from Anthony's a short while later, so we took a lunch break and had Bob tell us all about his recent trip to San Diego. Apparently, he had a blast lounging on the beach all day, consuming large amounts of alcohol, and playing music around the clock. In fact, he had such a great time that he plans on moving out there as soon as possible. Unfortunately, he recently signed a two-year contract to remain the bandleader of Milan 77, a Philadelphia-based events band.

After lunch, we worked on tweaking some things in "Go Ahead," including fading in the feedback that starts the song, fading in and out the feedback in the breakdown, and fading out some keyboard line endings. I also recorded some additional background vocals in "Go Ahead" and "Last Night."

But the highlight of the session took place when Bob's wife, April, joined us to sing harmonies in "Last Night."

Even when the husband-wife/producer-singer relationship became contentious, April did an excellent job.

To end the session, we listened to "One Cup of Coffee" to make sure the background vocals were OK (they almost were) and "Goodbye" because it sounds so good and John hadn't heard it in a while.

Approximate time spent recording: 4 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 9 - March 6, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

Bob suggested we institute a March deadline for completing the record, so we set out to undertake a marathon session on this day. However, Bob had some things come up, so while we still ended up recording for five hours, we couldn't finish everything we wanted to. Still, the day's activities made for a very productive session, even though we spent a ton of time listening to how everything sounded backwards.

By the time Bob finished giving a guitar lesson at 5:00 p.m., I was already waiting for him in the studio. The first thing we did was listened to the lead guitar part Bob recorded for "Goodbye." Needless to say, it sounds fantastic.

Next, we listened to the lead vocal in "I Will Always Win" to select the best take. After that, we recorded some three-part harmonies for the song, which mainly involved me singing falsetto a whole bunch of times. Bob compared it to something Guster would do and called the parts "intricate." It sounds good as is, but we talked about having April, Bob's wife, rerecording some of the higher parts since they're better suited for a female's vocal range.

After that, we experimented with the echo ("...I care, either...") in "Last Night." We decided that the line should be repeated only once in the beginning of the song and then several times at the end. We also applied a subtle record-skipping effect to those parts.

Finally, to end the session, we played around with the feedback noises in "Go Ahead" and added fading-in guitar and keyboard sounds to the song's introduction. It's turning out better than I originally envisioned it.

Kevin's opinion of the proceedings thus far:

Before we left, we talked with April about adding additional vocal and flute parts to some of the songs. She said she'd work on it over the week so we'd have something to listen to the next time we're there.

Approximate time spent recording: 5 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 10 - March 21, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

Today's session was devoted to listening to the vocals April recorded and beginning the mixing process. I previously told April she had free rein to try whatever she'd like vocally, and she ended up adding parts to all five songs. We took some things out here and there, but kept her vocals in all five of the tracks. She's got some ideas for flute parts in "One Cup of Coffee," "I Will Always Win," and "Goodbye," but hasn't recorded them yet.

Mike dropped by for a little while to check on how things have been going. He hasn't heard anything since our first session way back in December, and things have come a long way since then. He commented that he liked "One Cup of Coffee" the best; that everything was sounding Country to him, including my vocals in "I Will Always Win," which he likened to Dolly Parton; and that "Goodbye" was a total rip-off of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Shortly after showering us with all of those complimentary remarks, he left.

The rest of the session was mostly spent mixing. We did, however, record a couple of fun things toward the end of the day. First, Bob, Kevin, April, and I gathered around the microphone to record gang vocals for the end of "Go Ahead." We did several takes of both good, on-pitch vocals and silly, obnoxious vocals.

We then added some hand claps to layer beneath the gang vocals.

We had a blast doing those parts and all agree they make for a fun, party-like atmosphere. Of course, some people might wonder what the hell is going on, but whatever.

Before Kevin and I went our separate ways, he gave me a ride on the back of his motorcycle.

It was super scary. He told me he only went as high as 30 miles per hour, but it felt much faster. I'm pretty sure Kevin is a big, fat liar.

Approximate time spent recording: 5 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 11 - May 13, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

Bob decided he wasn't completely happy with the bass tone he originally captured, so Kevin went in by himself to rerecord all of the bass parts. I called, emailed, and texted him to see how it went, but he never got back to me. I don't know what I'm gonna do about that guy...

Update: Two months later, Kevin sent me a video. This is what he looks like playing bass:

Approximate time spent recording: 2 hours



Airplane Noise - "Getting Down" Recording Log
Session 12 - June 6, 2010
Rockview Studio, Bristol, PA

After being emailed new mixes with Kevin's rerecorded bass tracks, Bob and I got together to master the EP. Mastering is a recording process that I'm not very familiar with, but from what I learned, it mostly has to do with applying EQ to the individual tracks, balancing the volume levels of each song, and sequencing the record. We spent about two hours mastering, and then Bob sent me home with a burnt CD, which I listened to on my laptop...

...in my car...

...on my iPod...

...and on a crappy alarm clock radio.

With a few more tweaks here and there, this thing is done, baby!

Approximate time spent mastering: 2 hours at Bob's and 1,387,421 hours at home

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Fresh off the release of their 2009 self-titled, debut EP, which critics hailed as “cool nerd rock,” “clever,” and “refreshing,” indie/power pop/rock band Airplane Noise is back with the release of their second EP, “Getting Down.”  The New Jersey-based quartet’s new record features five songs that deal with topics such as unrequited love, optimism at the prospect of a burgeoning relationship, and regret in the face of loss.  From album opener “Go Ahead,” which bursts out of the gate with a melodic bass line, distorted guitars, a propulsive drumbeat, and a Cars-like lead synthesizer melody, to the infectious boy-girl vocals in “Last Night,” the charming piano-driven pop ballad “One Cup of Coffee,” the intricate harmonies in the quirky “I Will Always Win,” and the dynamic album closer, the aptly titled “Goodbye,” Airplane Noise has crafted an eclectic mix of songs that seamlessly shift from fast to slow, loud to soft, all while retaining the semblance of a coherent album.

Recorded throughout late 2009 and early 2010, “Getting Down” was produced by Bob Sauler at Rockview Studio in Bristol, PA.  In addition to producing the record, Bob, along with his wife April, contributed vocals, guitar, percussion, and flute during the sessions. 

“Getting Down” is currently available as a free download via www.airplanenoiseband.com.

RIYL: Weezer, The Rentals, Ozma, Ben Kweller, Death Cab for Cutie


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