Band and life

Some recording today…

We recorded guitar today, which means we had to take apart the vocal booth. RIP vocal booth. (for now)
We finished tracking guitar for a song called “Night Drive,” to be released on our album this coming year.

DIY Vocal Booth

DIY Vocal Booth

DIY T-Shirt Screen Printing

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Screen printing our t-shirts.
I’d like to elaborate a little bit on the process in case anyone else is considering doing the same. We had the screen made (to save money on screen and photo emulsion) by a local art store. They used one of their old, somewhat damaged screens to give us a break on the price. We then bought Speedball Opaque Fabric paint. It was around $8 for each 32 oz container of paint. We purchased gold, blue, red, and white. A squeegee added another $8 or so to our bill. (Careful, if you’re printing on black shirts you MUST buy opaque paint!) As you can see in the video, we used a weird screen printing technique. Instead of dragging the squeegee across the screen on the shirt, we would cover the stencil on the screen in a very thick layer of paint. This is because our cheaply made screen was uneven in how well it allowed paint to go through. The unevenness in the screen resulted in a lot of time wasted. We often had to hose down painted t-shirts to remove paint after a mistake had been made, dry them, iron them, and then try again. I suppose that the moral of the story is that if you make your own shirts, try not to save too much money on your screen!
PS: If anyone is wondering more about where we bought our equipment…
we bought our black t-shirts at Corporate Apparel Unlimited, our screen printing supplies at the Utrecht Art Supplies store in downtown DC, and the skull design was generously contributed by Marc Harkness.

Updates: NAMM Contest Win, the Black Cat, and more!

Hey guys!

Thank you for everyone who voted for us in the NAMM SchoolJam Battle of the Bands. We won! We placed in the top two in our region, and on January 14th, we’ll be going down to Anaheim, CA for 4 days to compete in the finals! There will be a live Battle of the Bands at the 2010 NAMM Show in which Power Pirate will be performing. Every vote submitted helped, and we are humbled to see how loyal our fan base is.

Also, thanks to everyone who came out to the Black Cat last night! We played on the mainstage with Once Okay Twice and Loose Lips. It was a really energetic show, and the other two bands were fantastic.

We’ve had some recent press hits, too:
– a live interview on NBC4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8NbIQa9zNE),
– WashingtonLife featured us as local band of the week (http://www.washingtonlife.com/?s=power+pirate&x=0&y=0),
– and Brightest Young Things blogging about Power Pirate (http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/music/byt-interview-power-pirate-dcs-youngest-awesome-band/)

We’ll keep you posted. Thanks for everything.
[PP]

Power Pirate Poster

We are considering making a poster for Power Pirate fans. We wanted to make it not just reminiscent of the band, but also a cool photo to look at. Naturally, it would have to be high enough quality to be able to blow up to poster-size, too.

This image is the most likely candidate for a poster:

Power Pirate Poster Idea

Power Pirate Poster Idea

Halloween Show

We played a great show this past Halloween at the Gathering of Guests and Ghosts III. We made some new friends and played a solid set. Thank you to those who were there to support us!

Power Pirate - Halloween 2009

Power Pirate - Halloween 2009

New Singles!

Our song ‘Alone’ which we have a music video for, & ‘And We’re Off’ were very recently released as singles! They are currently on Amazon, iTunes, and other major digital stores!

And We're Off and Alone on iTunes

And We're Off and Alone on iTunes

"Alone" Music Video!!

We recently released a music video on our Youtube for our song “Alone”. We shot it on the old bridge in Georgetown, Washington DC. We thought it came out really nicely, so check it out:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJMP5pTRseo

If you like the video, please subscribe, as more subscribers will motivate us to upload more videos. BIG THANKS to Dan Woiwode for directing and producing this video.

Thanks!

Lamp Fail

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4J-6BCBRKU

Homemade Decorative Vinyl Records!

Hey!

So we’ve spent another few hours slaving away in preparation for Fort Reno and the Black Cat.

Today, we put together some decoration that we’ll be selling at both events for $2 each.

Take a look at some of our pictures:

Homemade Decorative Vinyl Records!

Homemade Decorative Vinyl Records!

Homemade Demos!

So we spent the entire 4th of July – from roughly 1 PM until midnight (long after the fireworks ended) – preparing free demos for you guys for both Fort Reno and the Black Cat.

It was a long day. BUT, it was very much worth it.

We first designed the cover for the demos. We tried a lot of different sizes to make sure that the discs fit snugly and that the design printed out prettily (even in black and white).

Our workplace by 12:30 AM

Our workplace by 12:30 AM


The demo sleeves will look like this (yes, you can cut these out and make your own ):
DIY Demo Case

DIY Demo Case

In conclusion: Make sure to pick up a disc from us at the coming shows. We look forward to getting your feedback and want to share our music. Hope to see you there.

Thanks for your continuous support guys 🙂

Emily
[& Power Pirate]

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