Κυριακή, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Creye - Never Too Late (Single 2016)




The idea of Creye was born in Malmö, Sweden in early 2015.
After many years of c in different bands, guitarist & songwriter Andreas Gullstrand felt that it was time to turn it all up a notch.
The vision was to start a new Swedish supergroup that would take you on a journey right back to the glory-full days of the eighties, both musically and visually on stage.
After spending nearly two months just experimenting with the sound of the band, Andreas settled on what could best be described as a slick melodic rock sound with a touch of 80's retro wave in the mix.
Since there were no room for errors, the decision to hire studio musicians for the first song was made almost immediately. He also didn't want anyone interfering with the songwriting and creative process.
The most crucial part was finding a singer with the right voice for this. A singer that not only had a great voice, but also the ability to put som heart and feeling into it. And after only a few days of searching Andreas came across this youtube video of Alexander Strandell singing the debut single "Moving on" by his band Art nation on Swedish Idol.  And it just completely blew his mind.
The next day Alexander was asked if he would be interested in singing on the debut song for Creye and the rest is history.
With one of the best singers in Sweden on-board Andreas felt that he could finally proceed with his plans for the band. He then contacted producer and keyboard player Erik Wiss to kind of make sure that he was going in the right direction with this and also to push him out of his comfort-zone. Erik and Andreas had worked together previously and had a great creative chemistry between them.
With about five songs written, Andreas and Erik both agreed that Never Too Late would be the perfect debut for Creye!


As the recording grew closer Andreas still hadn't found a suiting drummer or a bass player. And this was really becoming a fast growing issue. But one day out of the blue Alexander contacted him, asking if everything was going okay. And if he had musicians enough to record everything. And he suggested that Andreas would consider using the then new drummer in Art nation to do the job.
As it turned out Carl Tudén was a prodigy to say the least. Having won the Swedish drum championship the previous year. This guy was more than qualified for the job.
Due to the fact that both Alexander and Carl were located in Gothenburg it was decided that drums and vocals would be recorded at the highly recommended Top Floor studios that’s located right in the heart of Gothenburg. Jakob Hermann who owns the place is well known all over the world for his amazing recording and arranging skills.
And the work he did on both the drum & vocal parts just took Never Too Late to an whole other level.
As for the bass part it was actually Erik that suggested Linus Abrahamson. Linus has previously played with great bands like Andromeda and Freak kitchen. And a more well prepared and professional musician would be hard to find. He actually saved Creye nearly half a day of studio-time doing the whole thing in three takes. Two of them being soundcheck and arranging takes.
To make sure everything was played to perfection even on the guitar parts Andreas felt that it could be a interesting learning experience to actually hire a studio-musician even for that. Just to see how a session guitarist would play it.
And there were only one guy that was good enough for the job. That guy was Andrée Theander from the Theander Expression.
What came back from Andrée was a very good guitar arrangement to say the least. So it's actually both Andreas and Andrée that's playing the rhythm guitar parts on Never Too Late.
The very last thing that was tracked were the vocal harmonies. Since already half of Art nation was involved in Creye Andreas asked Christoffer Borg as well. Christoffer is actually (besides from playing guitar in Art nation) the singer of the AOR band Taste. And is a very talented singer indeed.
And his voice worked very well for the harmony parts. With all the bits and pieces in place Erik mixed the whole thing and Thomas Plec did the mastering. The end result was just flawless!
This is just the beginning of the Swedish Supergroup Creye!

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