How this Indie Band is Trying to Avoid Pitfalls

Craving new music from your favourite band?

In 1969 alone, Creedence Clearwater Revival released three albums and within their original tenure of five years, they put out seven albums …and that’s with constant touring! I’m sure their fans were happy at the time (no one could ever say the music was bad) and I’m certain their managerial team was ecstatic. “We’re so happy, we can hardly count” as Roger Waters wrote. Now, is anyone really surprised that the band soon imploded with belligerent band members still fighting after what, forty odd years? The constant pressure from an ever hungry beast called “The Music industry” really killed the golden goose… again. But can we expect something else from corporations?

Tool on the other hand, hasn’t come up with new music since 2006. Their discography comprises only four albums and one EP in their twenty one year history. I have no problem with that; we’d sure would like to hear more from them, but personally, I’d rather they work under the conditions they consider ideal. The end result can only be better.

So, how often should your favourite band should come up with new music?

For us, it’s not even a question we can consider. As stated before in these pages, in Specimen13, it’s more a “as budget allows” kind of situation.

Nevertheless, we never stop making up new music (creating has its own rewards, I’m telling ya). Right now, five or six tracks are being seriously considered for the “A” list and we’re getting impatient to hear them reach their full potential. It’s torture to have to wait to finish and release them. It means that once again, we are counting pennies made from our newspaper run. This close watch on our finances is a way to see how we can schedule recording, mixing, producing, printing and releasing the next opus. I am sorry to tell you that the new Specimen13 CD won’t be released in time to put under the Xmas tree, but then again, we’d rather have a good album than an crappy one with a quicker release date.

Here’s why: this Venn diagram was shared a lot between graphic design artists on Facebook. It works for all kinds of situation and I believe even Frank Zappa illustrated this principle in some interview.



Yup, the “Good, but Slow” is the zone we fall in. It’s the price to pay for independence, but we’re not complaining; we feel comfortable with this pace as it leaves us more time to reflect and tweak the music to perfection.

So, as much as you’re impatiently (we hope) waiting for new Specimen13 music, we’re trying not to fall in the same trap as CCR. On the other hand, we’ll try our best to turn out stuff quicker than Tool. Ha!