No Time For Naysayers: Write an album in 4 days. Whatever is written, sticks. No expectations.
In April 2011, feeling a little disheartened with how long it always seemed to take to get anything done in other bands (trying to organise more than just one other person) Steve and I decided to book a rehearsal space at Jam Factory studios (Recording studio and music college based in our home town of York) with the intention of just writing an album with no preconceptions of what it might sound like. Having set up, drank a couple of beers and messed about for a little while, we decided it might be fun to see what we could get done in just 4 days of writing. I had this little h2 zoom dictaphone that I'd borrowed from the drummer to my old band '98Pages' and so to make best use of our time we decided to just record absolutely everything we did. On the first day we managed to record the basic ideas for 7 songs. Then over the next two days we recorded another 5 and thought "Mint. That's an album."
We then decided that anything we write after that should be saved for the next album, and spent a couple of weeks practising the songs and trying out different mic placements. Having no money or expectations, we thought the demos had a proper raw and exciting vibe to them, and that it would really suit the process, and how it felt to write during the day and then listen back for a few hours each night to these savage little demos. If we could get the right mic placement, set a rule of no more than "3 takes for each song" and 6 hours to record it, we thought could get something that sounded pretty exciting and honest to what we actually did in those 4 days. No Time For Naysayers.