I knew it was coming for a while. Thorazine were headed into the studio. We are recording a few of our new songs and one song is coming out on Punk Aid 4: For Autism in the fall. When both parents are in the same band the kids have to come along. It’s that or a sitter and a sitter would add on over $100 on the studio costs for us and because we are two people we pay for half of the band expenses. Suffice to say sitters are avoided whenever possible.
I started prepping the kids weeks before our time in the studio. Our rehearsal space is a studio, so we recorded there knowing the kids would be comfortable. I told them that recording was a long boring part of being in a band, but totally necessary. I implored that without their support it would be impossible for us to record. Of course we had a plan in place. My husband and the rest of the band got to the studio before I did and they got set up and miked. When we were about 30 minutes from needing me to record the scratch track I left home. I was armed with a ton of stuff, their computers, headsets, and tons of food and snacks.
Once we got the kids settled in we never saw them. They spent a ton of time eating, playing way too many computer games, and sometimes playing together. There were people coming and going for the Guitars not Guns Program but the kids took it in stride. After we were on hour four it was time for guitar over dubs so I took the kids to the park where they got to swing and jump over the benches for about an hour. Eventually we walked
back and they settled in again and the vocal recording started.
I could see Ryan was getting bored and done with what he brought with him so he hung out with me. After I did a couple of takes he asked to be in
the room with me. I told him ONLY if he could be silent. I got the best take with Ryan standing next to me bopping up and down to the music mouthing the words at me. After that take I got the biggest hug and the pride in his eyes was something I will never forget. The rest of the session he accompanied me in the booth. It made it so magical for me. To have him not just be at the studio, but be in the room as I recorded my part of the song brought the band and my role as a parent together in a way that I will never forget. In the control room was Hoover and Elliott. Elliott is very understated about feedback on anything in life and he said, I really like the growl singing. I had Hoover rooting for me like a wild man and Ryan bopping and dancing by my side. It helped me get the job done. After the nine full hours in
the studio were over, we went to dinner because heck I am not cooking after a day like that. We sat together as a family and it felt good and right.
I always thought being in a band would feel so selfish and take time from my family. I thought it was an endeavor for a younger person. I was never so wrong. The kids are so completely supportive and this has become part of our normal life. The band makes sure that the kids don’t miss important events like swim meets and birthday parties because we all care about each other, the kids included. Thorazine used to be four members but now it has grown to six.