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Song Title Reveal #1 & Backstory


Hello friends!


In case you haven't heard, we've launched an Indiegogo Campaign to assist in the funding for the production of the Vinyl & CDs our our upcoming fourth album. Find out how you can be a part of it here.


At the time of this post, 24% of our total goal has been hit at the time of this note. Thank you all so very much!


We’ve updated the featured perk to 'Signed Handwritten Lyrics' - a handwritten lyric sheet to any Audra song of your choosing. It'll be signed and the parchment will be of noted quality. Includes a download of the new album. These will be limited to only 15.


And now onto the first song title reveal…


‘Wish No Harm’


A few weeks before we booked the first recording session for this album, I compiled a playlist of demos that I thought were worthy contenders to be considered for recording. I printed out a sheet with all of the titles - some had names like ‘June 12, 2013’ - and gave a copy to Bart and Jason. Before I hit play, I asked everyone to make notes of which 4 songs out of the group they liked best and we would compare at the end. We ended up choosing the exact same 4 songs, one of them being an instrumental called ‘Wish No Harm.’ I can’t begin to tell you how gratifying it is to have this song on the new album. Bart and I wrote the music for it back in 1993. Yes, that’s correct - 25 years ago! We recorded it on a Fostex 4-track tape machine, using the Roland R-70 drum machine that we have offered up as a perk in this campaign. The demo also features my basslines and the dominant guitar part that Bart recorded in the upcoming album version.


A couple days after we decided on recording ‘Wish No Harm’ for the album, I sat down in my little home studio and started to work on the vocals & lyrics. Those came together quickly, and within an hour or so, it was complete. In the very first session for the album (Sunday, July 15th), we tracked the drums, bass, guitar and vocals for ‘WNH.’ Four days later, Bart added some additional guitar parts.


I’ve likened the process of this song’s evolution to a time capsule; like we uncovered this buried treasure from a quarter of a century ago and gave it a new life. Although the track order hasn’t been 100% decided upon, in my mind this is Side One / Track 2.


‘Wish No Harm’ made its live debut on September 29, 2018 at Club Red in Mesa, Arizona - when we supported Gene Loves Jezebel on their stop in Arizona.


Thank you for reading.

Bret


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