Kaine will be focussing on the singing/playing element of the new album alongside work on lyrics and vocal melodies at Unit One today, and over the next few weeks. The bulk of the instrumentation has now been recorded for the new album so the focus will be now switched to vocals. The band is also preparing for the mixing stage as well, with more news on that coming in the following weeks.
Last weekend Kaine finished recording the majority of the instrumentation for the new album with Wayne Thompson at Unit One studios last weekend. Toby Woods completed all his lead and rhythm recordings between the 17th and 18th of July as well as recording of additional harmony guitars.
Rage Sadler is to begin recording the vocals for the new album soon, with the new album being due to release next year.
The band also returned to non-socially distanced on Wednesday (July 21st) at a packed out show alongside friends Mercury Rising and Osmium Guillotine at Coda, Colchester. The gig was organised by Imperious Spirit promotions and was a major success for the underground Metal scene in Essex. Kaine played a mixture of songs from the new album and Reforge The Steel.
I thought I would do a write-up on last night’s gig as it is hopefully our last socially distanced gig ever, although I am becoming less hopeful every day with cases beginning to rise every day again with the new Indian variant now sweeping through our communities. We have only played two socially distanced gigs since live music was in effect banned due to the covid-19 pandemic, the last once was in Ipswich for a Deadsoul promotions show and the one last night. Last night’s show was meant to be a full-on, regular gig until the Government extended restrictions and it was moved outside.
My day was fairly tiring, I got up at 7am, went to work for a full day, and then at 5pm I hopped in Isaac’s car and we made the long trip from Essex to the Leicestershire. We were further delayed due to Isaac’s satnav not being fully updated with the new Cambridgeshire roads, and it was sending us in random directions so I had to whip Google Maps out to get us back on the right track.
We arrived after 7pm, Stonedead Villains had already started. Generally, I always like to watch all the bands on the bill, but we missed the start of the set loading in. Toby, Liam along with Alex had arrived ahead of time as we had brought our own drumkit. However there wasn’t any space at the venue for the gear and the gig was being held in the pub’s beer garden so storage was limited and with it raining and limited cover, the gear was at risk of being damaged. Rhabstallion were, fortunately, kind enough to lend us their drumkit and cabs, which meant the changeover was smooth and we were able to set up and play relatively quickly once Stonedead Villains had finished their set, which I was able to catch the end of.
We had been asked to play an hour by the promoter however timing-wise it was just too tight, so we cut our set in half to ensure Rhabstallion got enough time to play a full set. I felt we played relatively well, although the stage wasn’t big enough for a four-piece band so I had to stand in the audience area with the guys remaining on the limited stage space. It’s the first time I have played inside a beer garden myself, so I can add that to an empty Skatepark and a Football Stadium as stage venues to play! I was also happy with how well my voice held out as I have been very much out of gig practice with my singing since the pandemic hit, I have only had to sing live three times since last March! A few people commented that we were very good on the night and asked why we weren’t playing bigger venues and festivals which is always a tough question to answer.
Rhabstallion then came on after and finished the night, managing to get the full set and encore to enable the gig to finish exactly at 11pm, so well organised all around. Liam got progressively more drunk throughout the night until the point we had to pack his gear away as he’d started walking into things and forgetting what he was doing, at one point he had two pints and was arguing that he hadn’t ordered one of them, but was still annoyed when he managed to spill the spare one everywhere! I enjoyed both bands on the bill, and the audience seemed to have a good time also which is the important thing. However turnout was much weaker than expected, we had promoted the show heavily before the restrictions being extended and something like 300 people in the Coalville area had shown an interest in the gig, however, there couldn’t have been more than 20 people there on the night including the bands, so I do think the restrictions and apprehension about the virus did hurt the event.
We had a great time throughout the night catching up with those who had come to see us, enjoying the bands, and generally had a lot of fun. Rhabstallion were kind enough to give us a share of the money on the night, and we sold a few CDs as well. I think I got home about 3am, I dread to think what time Toby and Isaac got home!
Kaine will be focussing on their return to gigging at The Victoria in Coalville on Friday during todays sessions at Unit One. The band will be preparing and rehearsing their set for the gig, which will be still going ahead after the event was moved the the outside stage. You can order tickets for the event from here.
Kaine are currently working on a Patreon exclusive EP which will be recorded and released later this year. Here is a number of the new songs from the EP from the recent rehearsal sessions we are currently writing for that CD. You can grab a copy of this CD for just £2.50 here. Each CD comes with a t-shirt and patch.
We are releasing a brand new Reforge The Steel shirt which can be pre-ordered for £12 here or bundled with a CD and a patch here. If you pre-order the t-shirt today you will get it at a discounted price before it hits the merch stand later this year. Kaine members will receive further discounts on the shirt.
Kaine will be returning to Unit One in Colchester today for rehearsals again to prepare for the return to gigging on July 9th and the lead guitar recording sessions next month.
In terms of our Patreon, the shirts and patches are being printed and will be sent out to our supporters very soon – you can still join our Patreon by clicking here for just £1.
We’ve also released a single alongside the new design which can be heard here:
Rage Sadler recorded the 9 songs over the past two days, whereas Isaac Healy was able to track his bass for the 9 songs in a day to complete that element of the album recording. Recording took place at Unit One Studio’s Colchester with Wayne Thomson, who also recorded Liam Etheredge’s drums over a three day period last month.
Rage Sadler and Isaac Healy will begin tracking the rhythm guitars and bass for the new album at Unit One, Colchester on the 15th and 16th of June. The band will also be at Unit One today for weekly rehearsals.
Kaine’s upcoming gigs are likely to be postponed as the Government appears to be looking to extend the lockdown ending date to around July 19th. This will mean the bands shows at Coalville on July 9th and Colchester on July 14th will likely not go ahead. Kaine’s June date in Swansea was also cancelled by the Welsh Government due to Covid-19 infection rates beginning to rise again.
Kaine will again be back at Unit One next month to begin tracking the guitars and bass for the new album. The drums are still being worked on however good progress has been made with the new record.
We can also confirm that the bands Swansea show at Hanger 18 will be re-arranged. Presently the Welsh Governments restrictions are not enabling live music to come back unrestricted and the venue couldn’t have afforded to do the show with the limits on numbers at the venue in place. Hanger 18 were however happy with all the hard work done to promote the show and are keen to reschedule as soon as possible.
Kaine will be back at rehearsals today in Unit One.