No Good Deed heads back into the studio6/22/2016
In October of 2014, No Good Deed released its first album, “Looking for a Mantra.” Now, almost two years later and sporting a new drummer, the band is ready to do it again.
“It’s a different experience,” guitarist Doug Hansen explained.
“The last album was, ‘Let’s do everything we’ve ever worked on, because who knows if we’ll do another record.’ This one will be more focused.”
“Looking for a Mantra” was 15 songs with a sound that then-drummer Tim Schmitt described as “a little bit schizophrenic.” The new album, as yet unnamed, is promised to have a tighter sound with material written with the album in mind.
The band intends to record the album in the same fashion as the last one, knocking the tracks out in its practice space, with Hansen handling the mixing duties. This album will feature a couple of songs that were written as full-band collaborations rather than a hodgepodge of songs that Hansen or bassist Jeff Morgan had already written. But the new approach to songwriting will not be the only difference fans will notice in No Good Deed.
“After the record came out, we had some troubles with our original drummer,” Hansen explained. “We replaced him with a buddy of mine, and then he died. After that, three people were kind of shuffled in and out of that spot for a while.”
Finally, enter Ray Ebert. The rest of the band liked the way that Ebert fit in with No Good Deed’s sound, and they finally welcomed him in as the full-time drummer last summer. Now, between recording sessions in the new practice space they share with local act Squidboy and looking for more opportunities to play live, No Good Deed is a band that feels as though it is hitting on all cylinders.
“In practices, people contribute with drum or guitar parts, and we’ll see what works and go from there,” Morgan said. “(Hansen) will come in with a bunch of ideas, and I’ll come in with a bunch, and we’ll all just kind of jam on riffs and see what works. At this point, after being together for a couple of years, we’ve kind of gotten to the point where we finish each other’s sentences.” CV
No Good Deed plays Lefty’s on June 25 at 9 p.m.