Kaine will return to rehearsals today at Unit One to continue their work on the new album. The album writing and rehearsal process has been suspended twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The band also recently finished working on a brand new EP which will be released soon. This was also held up by the UK Lockdown restrictions.
Yesterday Kaine finished tracking the new EP at Gallow Wood Media’s new location in Margaret Roding in Essex. The EP was originally recorded live at The Smokehouse in Ipswich, with additional tracking taking place AT Gallow Wood Media’s original Danbury location late last year. The EP is now being edited, mixed, and mastered by Talon Payne who has worked with the band on their previous two live album releases and The Waystone EP.
The tracklisting will be:
- Reforge The Steel
- Master of Mankind
It will also be the first Kaine release to feature the new logo and it will be self-titled. Artwork can be seen above.
The band will also be returning to action on Sunday when they hit Unit One studios in Colchester to begin rehearsing the new album ready to begin recording the album in full later this year.
The band will again be returning to Pioneer Music Studio to continue wring and rehearsals on their new album. As of last week Kaine were up to their 8th song for the new record with more in the pipeline. You can watch the session above on YouTube.
Kaine is back at work on the new album this Sunday at Pioneer Music. The band is currently working on 7 songs for the album with more planned over the next few weeks. The band had originally planned to release a new album in 2020 however work on the album was suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was confirmed earlier this week that rehearsals were still legal in the UK under the current lockdown and as a result Kaine will continue their new album writing and rehearsals at Pioneer Music on Sunday.
From midnight on Saturday 17 October, Essex will move from medium to high alert level after Government agreed with Essex County Council to increase local lockdown measures following a dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases over the last few days throughout the area. Throughout the East Anglia region Norwich and North Norfolk have also seen a spike, as have places such as Ipswich, Cambridge and Saffron Walden.
However, under current guidelines recording studios as a place of work can remain open. Pioneer Music will continue to operate a COVID-19 safe environment including the wearing of masks when entering the hallways and other communal areas as well as a one way system around the building to prevent people from coming into direct contact with one another between sessions. The rehearsal rooms have already been made safe and are cleaned regularly.
Kaine will continue to rehearse while it remains legal to do so in Essex.
The bands 4th album Reforge The Steel is close to selling out on CD with only 2 copies remaining to buy. The band will be issuing a new CD later this year for the album which, following feedback from The Waystone EP, will feature a remix with the inclusion of additional backing vocals and some alternate versions of songs from the original album. The CD package itself will also be different from the original release and the full details about the new version of the album will be announced at a later point.
The backing vocals were recorded by Talon Payne at Gallow Wood Media on October 3rd and feature Liam Etheridge, Toby Woods and Talon Payne. You can see the sessions on the video link above.
You can still order the original album while stocks last by clicking here.
Liam Etheridge has now been the drummer in Kaine for 2 years, originally replacing Chris MacKinnon in what was essentially the Crisis of Faith line-up before the band was reformed a month later. He played his first gig with Kaine at The Dev on the 20th of April 2018 and would only play 1 more gig with that line-up (May 4th 2018 at Voodoo Lounge, Stamford) before one final transitional gig with Toby Woods on lead guitar and Stephen Ellis on bass at The Smokehouse, Ipswich on May 19th.
Liam has since recorded and released the Reforge The Steel album with the band, as well as appearing on the Kaine X Live album and DVD. He has also performed drums on the delayed Waystone EP and Reforge The Steel live album. Both projects are on hold due to corona virus and the UK lock down measures.
Liam recently took part in a feature for this website which can be read here – https://kaine-metal.com/2020/04/07/feature-with-liam-etheridge-kaine-drums-backing-vocals/
Today’s feature is Kaine bassist Isaac Healy, the last person to join the new line-up as the four members finally came together in May 2018. Isaac jumped in right away with the band gigging the A Crisis of Faith material while writing and rehearsing for the new album, Reforge The Steel.
How long have you been playing bass?
I’ve been playing for around 7 or 8 years
You are a multi-instrumentalist, you play drums, what made you switch to bass as your main instrument and what other instruments can you play?
I switched to bass as my main instrument mainly out of convenience of being able to practice easier and at any time.
I actually started out learning classical guitar at primary school and started learning the drums shortly after. Over the years, I never really practiced the guitar as much as I should have but have recently been re-teaching myself.
You have several basses in your collection, what do you own and what are your current set ups?
Listing all 17 would take a while so my top 5 in no particular order are:
- Atelier Z M265+ custom (the white 5 string jazz bass that I play at most gigs)
- Atelier Z Beta 6/32 (Red 6 string jazz bass that I played at my first Kaine gig and sporadically since)
- ESP PPJ (’84 signature bass of Masayoshi Yamashita from Loudness)
- 1970s Ovation Magnum 1
- 2010 Fender Mexican Jazz (my first “real” bass. It was originally black but I had it re-finished in yellow. I promise it isn’t as nasty as it sounds)
What amps and pedals are you currently using?
I use 3 main amps depending on situation but will mostly have 2 with me. The first is the Trace Elliot ELF which lives in my gig bag as a backup amp or as the main amp if a normal amp is impractical logistics wise. Second is an Ashdown CTM 100 tube amp. My third and most recent amp is an ENGL Ironbass amp which is the most powerful amp I own by far at 800w.
My pedal board is too large, and I plan on downsizing by getting rid of the multi effect that takes up 1/2 of my board.
My pedals are actually mostly really boring. Line 6 G30 wireless, Boss TU-3 tuner, AMT bass wah, Electro Harmonix Bass Preacher compressor, Ashdown Nate Mendel NM2 dual overdrive.
Who are your biggest influences as a bass player?
Probably Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, etc.), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) and Bohte Daisuke (Kari Band).
What were your musical endeavours before Kaine?
I had only really been in one gigging band before Kaine which was called Cannon. I was in another band in secondary school, but we never did any real gigs.
You played with Toby in a band called Cannon, how long have you known and played with Toby, what did you release and what venues did you play with that band?
I’ve known Toby for about 5 years as we were on the same music course and we actually met in Cannon which somebody else on our course put together. In Cannon we played a few venues that you would maybe heard of if you’re from Essex such as Chinnery’s in Southend, the Asylum and Three Wise Monkeys.
Toby recommended you to Kaine to join the band, how was it to be in a new band and gigging so quickly?
I hadn’t actually heard of Kaine until Toby asked if I wanted to join. At the time Cannon was winding down due to constant lineup changes so it was good to be in a band that already had gigs on the books.
How did you find adapting the A Crisis of Faith songs to your style?
As I had learnt most of the songs by ear, something that I am definitely not the best at, and the fact that I didn’t already know the songs meant that I was sort of just winging it for most of the parts that were very Stevo. Most of which I just omitted or changed. (nothing against Stevo, I think he’s a much more melodic player than I and we have pretty different styles).
You put together the Reforge The Steel album very quickly, how was the process of rehearsing and recording that album for you?
The recording of that album was pretty easy for me, I managed to do all of my tracking in about half a day.
You also recently tracked your parts for The Waystone EP, how did you find that?
I found that The Waystone songs were quite a bit different to the Reforge tracks, especially the title track The Waystone. That track was much unlike the other tracks we had done, mainly due to how it was almost prog like in structure when compared to the rest of the material.
You played both the 10-year show with Kaine at Colchester Arts Centre, and Burr Fest at The Dome recently, what was it like doing those big gigs with the band?
Doing these two gigs was a great experience and not just because they were in the minority of gigs where I could hear what I was playing. These two gigs were two of the biggest crowds I have played for and two of the most engaged crowds to boot. That just made it even more fun to play in front of them.
Your currently writing material for a new Kaine album, how would you describe the new material so far and the process?
So far, this album seems to be shaping up to be quite a bit different to the previous albums sound wise. The process so far has mainly been just jamming a riff or two and seeing how it evolves.
How are you managing your time during the lock down?
Either practicing bass or just playing video games.
Favourite World War 2 Tank?
Fielded: A27M “Cromwell” Prototype: A39 “Tortoise”
You are also releasing a new live album coming up, which was recorded at the B2 Norwich, are you looking forward to putting out a live version of the Reforge The Steel album?
Finally, what is your thought of the day?
Can animals have the equivalent of an accent?
You can hear Isaac’s contributions to Kaine on Reforge The Steel by clicking here – there are still a number of CD’s available to order through Bandcamp. Isaac also performed at Kaine X which can be ordered both on CD and DVD by clicking here as well as the forthcoming Waystone EP which can be preordered here.
Footage from our rehearsals and writing session from Friday at Pioneer Music, Colchester is now online on YouTube.