It’s weird that ten years is what separates me spending birthday money on printer cartridges and Pokémon cards.
I have a lot of junk.
When normal people say something like that, you assume they have a lot of stuff. I’m not normal. If you were to see my room right now, you would possibly be scared. Unless you’re Shane, and then you call it an organized mess. I have more clothing, books, furniture, and sound equipment than I’ll ever need. It is easy for me to fill my entire car full of technology when I go to play a show or do a recording…but I’ve been thinking lately about the fact that I don’t really need all of that all the time. Too much stuff is sometimes complicated and confusing and makes a job harder. I need to learn how to use the right tools for a specific job. We play simple music, so we need simple mixes.
I’ve been working on a mix of a Honey Badger song called “Don’t Remind Me” and I just wasn’t happy with all of the technology and channels and plugins, so I ended up stripping it down to just the ambient room mic with a bit of eq and compression. You can hear the natural reverb from Gore Recital Hall, where we recorded. I like it. The Honey Badgers’ new EP, “Booth Bay,” will be ready soon ^_^
Take a listen!The Honey Badgers - Don't Remind Me
We made it! delfolk.org updated yesterday and listed The Honey Badgers as winners of the first round of Delmarva Folk Festival’s “Folk Hero” contest. Our friends Salvage Kin also made it (they just finally picked a name, so you should “like” them asap ^_^). This means that we get to perform at the Delmarva Folk Festival Friday, October 7th. We will be competing with five other groups for the winning prize of a Saturday festival performance spot as well as cash and recording and photography time. So…come out and see us again then. Video and audio recordings from the coffeehouse are above. Everyone loved the banana bread and it all got eaten ^_^
Oh, how did we come up with the name? First, who is “us?” I asked my friend Erin to play violin for some Battleshy Youths songs to make them folksier to hopefully try to win the coffeehouse (success) and then I remembered she could sing so…that’s us. Me and Erin. We walked in Saturday night and I signed us up and I said “what should we call ourselves?” Of course Erin is a Youtube enthusiast and responded with “The Honey Badgers” without even hesitating…so that’s what I wrote ^_^ Someone called it bittersweet. My mother called it stupid. She doesn’t like any of my band names. “Battleshy Youths makes you sound like wimps.” But she likes the music and comes to shows (:
Anyway, “The Honey Badgers” is just the duet form of Battleshy Youths. “Michael Natrin” is just the solo form of Battleshy Youths. “Battleshy Youths” is just the full band version of Battleshy Youths. And that’s about it. I think Cara Watson and Danny Hill might be tied for BSY show attendance, which is actually impressive since Danny is a member and Cara is not a member…she is the #1 superfan.
Also, I am pretty sure that Kool-Aid has the greatest recipe ever…”add a cup of sugar, more or less to taste” teehee #sugarrush
Battleshy Youths updates: we have an exciting show planned for this Saturday night at the Wilmington Film Co-op at 2nd and Loma at 6pm. $6 gets you in to see us and The Paper Janes rock out (: We need people to show up, so you should come!
The month is halfway over and I haven’t updated recently; sorry ):
Playing acoustic at the Delaware Friends of Folk Coffeehouse tonight at the Wesley College Chapel in Dover, DE, 7:30pm & $5 yay
Erin will be joining me on violin. This is from rehearsal earlier this week ^_^
And this is me in a field:
And this is the delicious banana bread I made for tonight!!