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Australian band Splurge is marking its 15th anniversary by making its fourth album. This is a significant step for us because after our third album The Cure For The Cure was released in 2007 the odds were stacked against ever recording another one. This one really was the proverbial ‘difficult third album’—with band members scattered around the world and life events aplenty, it took two years to record, a year to mix and then didn't see the light of day for a further two years as it looked for a label to call home.

Didn't stop, didn't start…

Splurge songwriter Greg Williams at the Electric and Eclectic launch. Photo: Laura Steele.
After its release we didn't break up, but for the first time in our history we didn't begin a new record either. There were still plenty of songs, and there was plenty of encouragement (The Cure For The Cure was critically acclaimed internationally), but maybe we had just forgotten that we were a band. What changed was that in 2011 one of our unreleased tracks was included on our label's rarities compilation and we did a gig to support it. There was love in the room and we sounded like a band again.

Back to The Cabin…
Still, it took another year before we could all get back in the same place to start playing songs. In the last half of 2012 we rehearsed a bunch of new songs and then went back up to The Cabin twice to record demos. ( Lots of Cabin demo and pre-production photos in Flickr…) All this year we have been playing and editing and refining the songs, culminating in more pre-production Cabin sessions in September.


Still from video on the porch at The Cabin during September 2013 pre-production (from left) Adrian Ricciotti (bass), Neville Hill (lead guitar), Greg Williams (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Owen Smythe (drums).

More About The Cabin…
The Cabin is a key ingredient in all our work—we have been coming to this 1970s log cabin in Hall's Gap to write and rehearse and record since our first album. The Two Gregs—Williams and Arnold—recorded an acoustic album there; every Splurge album has tracks that were recorded there, in whole or in part, beds, singing, guitars… Recording there is a luxury we can afford! The sound of the room, the vibrations, and the voodoo make their way into our records.

Put Yourself In The Room!
This record will be started and finished in a studio; in between—as always—there will be Cabin sessions. From the start, we wanted Wait For The Sun to be a record of the band playing songs we believe in, with all of us in the same room! We want you in the room too. Regular updates will keep supporters posted on the making of the record as it happens, with photos, videos and exclusive track previews.

We are now ready to record. But don't just take our word for it, listen to the work-in-progress demos…

Some Of My Previous Work

In Other Words
Reviews for The Cure For The Cure:
Exquisite, radio-friendly
Eleven perfect songs
Out-radiates Radiohead!
Sophisticated melodies

Splurge Reviews: PDF one pagers for Heavy Weather and The Cure For The Cure.

Full reviews and the story of each album are on our website:

Splurge Unheard
The Cure For The Cure
Heavy Weather
Splurge

In Our Music
Splurge Unheard
The Cure For The Cure
Heavy Weather
Splurge

The Challenges

Splurge has a track record of making high quality recordings with limited budgets. Our first two albums were completely self-funded. Our second album achieved an independent label release, went to its second pressing and was relased in the UK. Our third album won partial support from an Arts Victoria grant, and was released on an independent label to international acclaim.


Splurge, The Cabin, circa 1998.
City To Country…
This project takes advantage of our experience as band and knowledge of the recording process. First, there is time in the studio to record beds (three days), followed by location (at home and in The Cabin) editing and overdubs (five days), and then back to the studio for final mixing (two days). The mix of studio and location-based recording has been tried and tested on our three previous albums. We'll keep you posted with regular updates here and on Facebook. Like Us!

Sounds Like A Band!
After studio recording sessions, each track will be mixed down to a ‘stem’ which provides the reference sound for additional tracking. Having a great-sounding mix of the track to work with away from the studio means you can hear if everything works together straight away. This method focuses on the sound of the band and keeps that at the forefront from start to finish; Likewise, the mixing process is accelerated by the use of ‘stems’.


Neville Hill recording guitar, The Cabin, 2004.
We are well prepared to record these 12 songs in the studio time allocated, having rehearsed and refined the material over the past year. Should more time be required in the editing and overdub stage, the overall project is not at risk because we work ‘on location’ at The Cabin or at home. The mixing strategy is to focus on a core band sound, rather than different approaches for each track, making it possible to complete mixes in two days.

Thanks for your interest in supporting independent and original music making in Australia. We can't do this without you!
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A$30 +I LIKE YOUR OLD STUFF TOO #2: UNHEARD + NEW CD + CURE CD + DOWNLOADS Splurge Unheard, an exclusive selection of rarities for Pozible supporters. Digital download album includes three never-before-heard tracks and six other unreleased and rare tracks. Bonus: artwork and booklets. Plus signed limited-edition CD of Splurge's new Wait For the Sun album, shipped before the official release date. Plus exclusive pre-release download of the album on completion. Plus The Cure For The Cure CD + Download
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A$45 +I WANT AN ELEPHANT STAMP! ALBUM CREDIT + UNHEARD + SIGNED NEW ALBUM + DOWNLOAD Your name as a project supporter in the printed album liner notes. Splurge Unheard, an exclusive selection of rarities for Pozible supporters. Digital download album includes three never-before-heard tracks and six other unreleased and rare tracks. Signed limited-edition CD of Splurge's new Wait For the Sun album, shipped before the official release date. Plus exclusive pre-release download of the album on completion.
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A$50 +I WANT IT ALL #2!: UNHEARD + NEW CD + CURE CD + HEAVY WEATHER CD + DOWNLOADS + HEART SPLURGE BADGE + SPLURGE + ULTRA RARE SINGLE Splurge Unheard, an exclusive rarities selection for Pozible supporters. Digital download album. Plus signed limited-edition CD of new album Wait For the Sun. Plus exclusive pre-release download album. Plus The Cure For The Cure CD + Download + 1" Button Badge + Single She's Not The One/When I'm Down Plus Heavy Weather CD + Download Plus Splurge album Digital Download
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A$75 +PLAY IT AGAIN, GREG: Pick any song from any Splurge album and songwriter Greg Williams will film an acoustic performance live at the kitchen table and send it direct to you before Christmas.
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A$100 +JUST A SONG BEFORE I KNOW: A two-hour song-writing workshop. Open up your song book and sit down with Splurge songwriter Greg Williams—either in person or on skype—to work on your original material. Greg has made 10 original albums as an recording artist with The Young Homebuyers, The Every Brothers and Splurge, and two as a producer. That's well over 100 songs on record… anything we come up with, you keep.
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A$250 +HANG OUT, LISTEN TO THE RECORD, FEEL SPECIAL: When a record is finished there is this great moment when you get to listen to it all the way through. Come and join Splurge for that, and bring a friend. We'll set up an awesome PA in Greg's backyard, fire up the barbie, and play the record loud! Includes a pack of all the Splurge albums on CD + Downloads. And a special album credit in the printed liner notes as a major project supporter.
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A$500 +SPLURGE ACOUSTIC LIVE IN YOUR LOUNGE ROOM: Splurge in acoustic mode will come to your house and play a set in your lounge room for you and your friends. Choose the set list from Splurge albums—make us learn songs we have forgotten or don't like anymore! The deal includes 10 signed copies of the new album on CD for you to use as you see fit, but if you are not in Victoria, you will need to add the cost of return flights to the reward price.
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A$1250 +LET'S MAKE A RECORD! So you've got some songs and now you want to make a record. The difference between any old record and good one is production—the song, the performance, the arrangement, the sound! Splurge songwriter Greg Williams has been making records, independent and major, all his musical life. Let's turn your music into a record. We'll workshop your songs, pick the best one, and then record and mix it. This doesn't include studio time, but if we can do it at home all the better!
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A$1500 +SPLURGE ELECTRIC PLAY AT YOUR PARTY: Get the full monty rock band experience! Splurge will bring all their gear to your place and give you the stand up treatment. Just make sure you have a decent sized space and the neighbours don't mind. Choose the set list from Splurge albums. We will even throw in a cover! The deal includes 10 signed copies of the new album on CD for you to use as you see fit, but if you are not in Victoria, you will need to add the cost of return travel to the reward price.
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A$2500 +BECOME A MINI MOGUL! You or your friends and partners bankroll a chunk of the project and you get the producer credit you always wanted. Let's talk about what you want to put in and what you want to get out of it… negotiate the figure if you like, remember you are a wheeler and dealer! Includes your CO PRODUCER credit on the album.
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A$5000 +HOWDY, MAJOR PARTNER! You or your friends and partners bankroll a big chunk of the project and you get the ultimate accolade befitting your stature. Let's talk about what you want to put in and what you want to get out of it… negotiate the figure if you like, remember you call the shots! Includes your EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the album.
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