Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
NEW ALBUM PROGRESS UPDATE:
There are currently 10 songs in the works. They are listed below in the order in which they appear on my hard disk - the order is just alphabetical according to the folder names I'm using in the computer. Here is the latest:
Song 1 (95% complete): The working title on this one is "black and blue". All of the music has been recorded... the lyrics are written and the vocals have been recorded. I want to change one small part of the lyric, so I have to re-sing one line, but other than that, this song is finished... This song is downtempo... very heavy in mood and tone.
Song 2 (85% complete): The working title on this one is "never and forever". The music on this one is done. I've been working out the lyrics on this one gradually - over the last few months. I believe the lyrics are now finally done as well. It is ready for vocals. I just need to sing it, and it's done. Downtempo - heavy in mood and tone...
Song 3 (95% complete): The working title on this one is "real life". All of the music has been recorded... the lyrics are written and the vocals have been recorded. I want to make a couple small mix adjustments, but other than that, this song is finished... This song is a bit lighter in tone and more accessible... medium tempo.
Song 4 (75% complete): No title yet - need to work on lyrics... 95% of the music is done and recorded. This song is very fast - 180 bpm - high energy and rocking... has real bass guitar... I like this one - feeling very excited for what it could become.
Song 5 (25% complete) - needs a lot of work - it's just a basic concept, but the main synth riffs are there... It's VERY beautiful - ultra atmospheric... peaceful. Sounds a tiny bit like Joy Division... very touching.
Song 6 (75% complete) - most of the music is done, and some demo lyrics are done. I'll probably rework the lyrics though - I'm not totally happy with them right now. Also, I'd like to refine the music a bit more... It has a really cool sounding chorus though. When the chorus synths come in, it really lights up the song - grinding bass and really swirly synth parts during that section.
Song 7 (25% complete) - cool synth riffs and hard hitting drums... the bass line is really cool in this one - the song needs developement though. Medium-fast tempo... danceable somewhat... It's not ready for lyrics yet...
Song 8 (25% complete) - fast aggressive electronic song - quick synth arps, and a really cool lead part... needs a lot of work though, but I'm excited about what this one will become. It's very catchy!
Song 9 (75% complete) - This song is the 12 minute long monstrosity I referred to earlier... It's nearing completion. I think I may have finished the lyrics tonight. I guess it's ready for vocals... I'd like to record a piano part and a big guitar solo thing in the outro - thinking on those parts now... This song may be the first or 2nd song to reach completion - possibly in the very near future. Song 10 might beat it to the finish line though... will see. The working title right now is "love and soul".
Song 10 (99% complete) - I think this one may be done, but I'm still thinking it over... Lyrics are done, vocals are recorded... all music is recorded - it's mixed, etc. It's medium tempo... very visual lyrics... beautiful and poetic. The music is weird - the synths pads have this strange grinding scraping character... It's a very cool track. I like it.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018A couple things:
1) It looks like "A World We Pretend" is going to go out of print for a while... Projekt is cleaning house, and the album has sold most of what it's going to sell. Maybe at some point in the future I'll consider making it available again, but for now, it's done.
2) Regarding progress on the new album, I've only done a small amount of work on lyrics since the last announcement - although I've been trying to get the studio ready to do vocals. Hopefully in the near future it will be ready, and the lyrics will be finalized. Then I can continue moving forward. Not a lot to share tonight, but hopefully, more soon...
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018Work on the new album is proceeding. There are currently 10 songs for it - not 9 as I previously thought. Lately, I've been working on two songs at once... I was in the studio all of yesterday evening working on these two. One of them was just a demo before - far from complete (one of the 30% songs mentioned below). That song is now probably 75% complete. The music for it is 95% done - it just needs lyrics, and I have already started on lyrics for it. This song is a monstrosity - different than anything I've ever done... epic, huge sounding, slow and atmospheric... it's like 12 1/2 minutes long... I started writing that one shortly after I first started having vertigo regularly. It comes from a pretty dark place, and it will be finished as such. It is not a hit - it will never be a hit... it's just about human experience - survival, fear... It's pretty heavy. The other song I've been working on has 95% of the music complete, and the lyrics are also 95% complete. It's medium tempo - atmospheric and poetic, but it rocks more - is very powerful and the end is really climatic. I like bringing things to a powerful climax, and this song does exactly that - working toward it gradually. Hopefully with any luck, I'll be able to do vocals for both of those tracks in the near future... and they will be DONE.
If I remember, I'll try to post a more accurate status update for each of the 10 songs soon so you can follow as things proceed. With any luck, I hope to have more news very soon!
Monday, January 29th, 2018I posted on the TTG Facebook page asking people what they liked about The Twilight Garden... and after reading through all of your responses, I wanted to share some news. Here's my post from Facebook:
Thank you all for sharing... I want people to enjoy what I do, but unless I hear from people, I never really know if or how they enjoy it... I can make music alone for nobody if I want, but that seems selfish and self absorbed... it's an empty existence. I prefer to share my music with people - and I'm amazed and lucky that anyone in the world out there cares about what I'm doing or what I've done. Thank you all so much for that - for opening your hearts to me... I'm going to try with all that I have to do the same for you and open my heart to you as well...
With that in mind - I have some news! Over the last couple years, I've listened to the album that I was working on in 2014 (the followup to Hope)... but I never really looked through all of the the old folders in depth... until just a few days ago. I was searching through things to see EXACTLY what was there and what it would take to complete the album. I was surprised to discover that I actually wrote more material than I had previously thought. Apparently there were 8 songs! Kind of shocking to me I guess... 8 songs is pretty much enough for an album. With that, I've decided to try to finish up that album. Also, I wrote a 9th song about a month ago - it's pretty much done - I just have to sing the vocal... so the status on the next TTG album is as follows:
1 song is 100% done
2 songs are 95% done
2 songs are 75% done
4 songs are 30% done
I'm not sure how long it will take me to finish everything, but I want you to know that I intend to try to do this - starting pretty much now. I'll post either here or on the ttg website as things progress, and I'll post this message on the TTG website right now as well. Once again, thank you all so much for your feedback... I need it and appreciate it. I'll do my best to try to be as honest and expressive as I can be... even if it sometimes exposes my weaknesses... I guess art sometimes results in that whether I like it or not. I'll try to honor the energy and the sound that it seems you enjoy... I think there is some good music inside me still. Listening to some of these new songs gives me chills. I think that's a good sign.
With any luck, I will have more regular updates on The Twilight Garden moving into the future. Thank you for not forgetting about me - I know I pretty much disappeared for the last 5 years or so... so my voice may not be too loud lately, but I'm still here.
Saturday, August 12th, 2017I'm playing a piano / vocal concert @ The Mercury Cafe on September 15th, 2017. Doors open at 7:30 PM - the show is all ages, tickets are $10. GET TICKETS HERE!
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017I'm considering making music again. I have a few things I'd like to do first (an announcement may be forthcoming in the not too distant future), but with any luck, some new music could be on the horizon as well...
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015A few months back, some things happened in my personal life that resulted in me having to move, and in addition, I no longer had a place to make music. I have found a solution, and with any luck I should have a studio space again in a few weeks. I wish I had more exciting news, but in regard to The Twilight Garden, that's the latest...
Monday, October 27th, 2014Two things. First, there is a new album in the works. More soon on that. Second, Soundmirror66 has made a new video! Very cool... I don't know how or where he comes up with these graphics, but I like it. I didn't know he was going to do this, so it's a nice surprise. Many thanks! Anyway... Enjoy! :-)
Thursday, June 12th, 2014A new album by "the twilight garden" is now in the making! The first song is done (well, a tiny bit of production still). The second and third songs are in the works! The Twilight Garden won't be playing any shows in 2014 (probably) so the focus can remain on the writing process... People have asked for snippets to hear. I might post something as the album gets a bit further along - more soon!
Monday, December 9th, 2013TOURING COMPLETE! In 2013, The Twilight Garden toured as an opening act for Velvet Acid Christ. We played a total of 29 concerts. Here they are:
1) Denver, Colorado - Feb 9th, 2013 - Casselman's
2) Austin, Texas - Feb 15th, 2013 - Elysium
3) Phoenix, Arizona - Feb 18th, 2013 - Martini Ranch
4) San Diego, California - Feb 19th, 2013 - Brick by Brick
5) Hollywood, California - Feb 20th, 2013 - 3 Clubs - TTG ONLY
6) Los Angeles, California - Feb 22nd, 2013 - Das Bunker - VAC ONLY
7) San Francisco, California - Feb 24th, 2013 - DNA Lounge
8) Portland, Oregon - Feb 27th, 2013 - Ash Street Saloon
9) Seattle, Washington - March 1st, 2013 - The Highline
10) Salt Lake City, Utah - March 3rd, 2013 - Area 51
11) Leipzig, Germany - May 20th, 2013 - Altas Landenstradt - TTG ONLY
12) Leipzig, Germany - May 18th, 2013 - Agra Hall - VAC ONLY
13) Chicago, Illinois - Sept 25th, 2013 @ Bottom Lounge
14) Columbus, Ohio - Sept 27th, 2013 @ Skully's Music Diner
15) Detroit, Michigan - Sept 29th, 2013 @ Smalls
16) Ottowa, Ontario, Canada - Oct 1st, 2013 @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
17) Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Oct 2nd, 2013 @ Les Katacombes
18) New York City, New York - Oct 5th, 2013 @ Drom
19) Baltimore, Maryland - Oct 6th, 2013 @ Ottobar
20) Richmond, Virginia - Oct 8th, 2013 @ Fallout
21) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Oct 11th, 2013 @ The Rex Theater
22) Indianapolis, Indiana - Oct 12th, 2013 @ Birdy's
23) Nashville, Tennessee - Nov 11th, 2013 - The Rutledge
24) Charlotte, North Carolina - Nov 13th, 2013 - Amos' Southend
25) West Palm Beach, Florida - Nov 15th, 2013 - Respectable Street
26) Tampa, Florida - Nov 16th, 2013 - The Orpheum
27) New Orleans, Lousiana - Nov 18th, 2013 - Siberia
28) Austin, Texas - Nov 22nd, 2013 - Elysium
29) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Nov 23rd, 2013 - Voodoo Lounge
Saturday, November 9th, 20131) We are on tour! - dates HERE!
2) New single "Reconcile" now available! ITUNES - AMAZON
3) Check out the new video for Falling Rain:
Tuesday, October 22nd, 20131) New single "Reconcile" NOW AVAILABLE! ITUNES - AMAZON
2) We only have a few more tour dates for a while! Don't miss it! (southeast USA) - dates HERE
Tuesday, September 17th, 20131) New single "Reconcile" available October 22nd, 2013! ITUNES - AMAZON
2) We only have a few more tour dates for a while! Don't miss it! (southeast USA) - dates HERE
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2013Hear the Velvet Acid Christ remix from the new single "Reconcile"!!! Here it is:
NEW SINGLE "RECONCILE" (release date TBA) - with remixes by Velvet Acid Christ, Toxic Coma, Amoryth, and Patrick Hogan of Synapse. Also includes a remastered version of "Reconcile", and some previously unreleased material by The Twilight Garden. It's $4.90 and you get 7 tracks. What a deal! Check it out HERE!
WE ARE TOURING AGAIN! DATES NOW ON THE TOUR PAGE HERE!
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013The Wave Gotik Treffen 2013 in Leipzig, Germany was AMAZING!
Special thanks to Rose Mone for sending pictures (all pics here of The Twilight Garden). The trip was incredible. For anyone who hasn't yet attended, the Wave Gotik Treffen involves thousands upon thousands of gothic people gathering in the City of Leipzig. They come many different countries. I'm not positive, but I "heard" it is actually the largest gothic festival in the world. It's overwhelming - and so cool! Many of the people dress to their absolute best, and they look absolutely amazing. We were really happy to be there. We really enjoyed meeting and talking with many many people. We ate indian food almost every day... we walked around Leipzig and enjoyed the sights - the huge gothic crowd, the beautiful architecture, etc. We saw some incredible concerts... It was awesome! I have always wanted to see IAMX live, and I LOVED their show! They are amazing - do not miss them if you get a chance. Also, I thought KMFDM was incredible live. In addition, we went to see Hypnoskull at "Altes Landratsamt" on Friday (where we would be performing in TTG just a few days after). Hypnoskull put on an amazing show - the PA sounds amazing with powernoise - like it is on the edge of just exploding to pieces - very powerful and cool! The Birthday Massacre was great - very energetic and fun to watch. There were many more concerts we went to - so great! Anyway, check out the pictures below.
Todd Loomis, Bryan Erickson, and Chris Kutz performed in both The Twilight Garden AND Velvet Acid Christ. The Velvet Acid Christ show was first - here is the lineup: Live May 18th 2013 @ Agra Halle WGT 7:20 PM
1) Aslan Faction
2) Velvet Acid Christ
3) Suicide Commando
4) Leather Strip
The Twilight Garden performed two days later. Here is the lineup: Live May 20th 2013 @ Altes Landratsamt WGT 6:30 PM 1) Burn
2) The Twilight Garden
3) The Blue Angel Lounge
4) Principe Valiente
5) I Like Trains
Here are some more pictures:
The Velvet Acid Christ show was HUGE as well. We had some gear problems at the beginning of the VAC show so we were delayed a bit and had to cut a few songs from the set. I thought we played well though and the crowd seemed to really enjoy the show... Check it out!:
May 13th, 2013We leave in just a few days for Germany! We will be playing the Wave Gotik Treffen 2013 festival. Todd Loomis, Bryan Erickson, and Chris Kutz will be playing in both The Twilight Garden AND Velvet Acid Christ. Click HERE for scheduling information. We are really excited to be travelling to Germany - and to be sharing the stage with some amazing bands. We hope to see you there!
March 12th, 2013Thank you everyone who came out and supported our west coast tour!
Stay tuned - USA EAST COAST TOUR DATES TBA SOON
ALSO, in May 2013 we will be playing the Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO...
January 9th, 2013WE ARE TOURING! - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO...
Also, if you haven't already picked up the new album "Hope", GO GET IT! :)
November 27th, 2012New album "Hope" - NOW AVAILABLE
November 26th, 2012New video for track 3 now online! - Trail of Tears Part 1 (directed by Dustin Ferguson):
November 15th, 2012The new album comes out in a week and a half. A tour is definitely happening now... shows will be announced very soon now... Please buy the new album to show your support. Thank you to everyone... I'm excited to see you on the road in your respective city!
The first album review of the new album Hope has just appeared (by Bryan Erickson of Velvet Acid Christ). I gave a copy to Bryan and he was kind enough to write about it... http://www.electricdethtripmedia.com
October 2nd, 2012You can now hear samples of the new album "Hope" on the Metropolis website here: http://www.metropolis-mailorder.com/product.php?prodnum=MET+819
September 3rd, 2012The Twilight Garden Touring? - quite possibly in the not too distant future! I have made amends with Bryan Erickson from Velvet Acid Christ so we are now discussing the possibilities. I will likely play in Velvet Acid Christ as well during the tour. Currently, it looks like we will go south, then west to the Pacific coast, and all the way north up to Seattle. This is to be followed by an east coast tour a bit later... then possibly some cities in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. More detail soon!
Also, the new Velvet Acid Christ album entitled "Maldire" will be released about a week! I have been listening through it to get familiar with the songs. It sounds AWESOME... It's angry - very aggressive, very intense. I'm excited to play these songs live. Order his album - you will not regret it! - HERE: Metropolis Records
August 24, 2012New album "Hope" to be released November 27th, 2012
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER HERE: Metropolis Records
August 09, 2012IT IS DONE! The new album is complete, and it has been sent off! The official release date will be announced in the very near future! More info very soon!
August 04, 2012Song 11 of 12 mixed!!! Song 11 happens to be the title track of the album. It will appear in position 4 on the final product. Mixing is now beginning on song #12 (the opening track of the album).
August 02, 2012Currently mixing song 10 of 12. Mastering will follow - then the album is DONE! It will be sent for duplication and I will await the release date which I will announce shortly thereafter. This is all going to happen very fast now...
July 07, 2012All songs for the new album are now complete. Mixing and mastering will begin shortly!
July 04, 2012Vocals for 2 of the 3 final songs for the new album? = DONE. Vocals for the last song? 1/2 done. I will give another try on the last song soon, then the album is complete and mixing & mastering will begin.
June 30, 2012All songs for the new album = DONE (at least the songwriting portion). There will be 12 tracks. I have to sing vocals to 3 of them still... then I start final mixing & mastering. After what seems like forever, this new album is finally nearing completion.
May 13, 2012BIG NEWS! The final song on the album is done! The songs are now entering the production stage (final overdubs, mixing, and then mastering). During this stage, I will be working with Chris Kutz (he will be playing drums on the album), and Patrick Hogan (Patrick will be helping with samples, and other various parts - guitar, synth, etc). Also, Tom Hagerman of Devotchka will be playing some string parts (violin, viola, possibly cello and/or other instruments). Chris and I are currently working out the final drum parts, and we should be ready to record very soon.
February 26, 2012After months of searching for the ideal art for this new album, I think I have finally found it!!! I am so excited! The new artist is insanely talented, and the new cover is going to be an incredible fit to the music! :) I am still in talks with him about the licensing now. I don't want to announce who it is until the album comes out, but I wanted to just share the update as things move forward... Things are getting close. More info soon on the progress of the new music!
February 5, 2012Today, Alyssa Gibson made some new banners for The Twilight Garden! :) Here are her links: @ Vampirefreaks.com OR @ Deviantart.com Find the new TTG banners on the home page by clicking the "HOME" link on the right - then scroll down. Progress on the new album? It is nearing completion... there are 2 more songs to do. Both are already in the works - one of them is nearly finished. Things are sounding really fantastic! I am starting to get really excited about everything on the horizon... More soon!
December 06, 2011Tom Hagerman of Devotchka - triple solo CD now available
For those who are not aware, I mixed and mastered one of the 3 cds (Water Music). Please check out his music and if you like it, consider purchasing it. Tom is one of the most talented musicians I know... He's amazing - REALLY! - and you will very likely love the CD collection.
Here is the link:
December 4, 2011Sideline Magazine is having their 2011 best band awards... If you like "The Twilight Garden", please consider voting for us in the "best band" category! Here is the link:
Thank you for the support!
December 3, 2011The new album is about half finished now - 5 songs are finished, and 2 more are in process. ALSO... A remix was done of the track "Dead Adults" from "a world we pretend". It is VERY club friendly... very electro & very danceable. More information coming soon regarding availability & credits on the remix. A lot is happening, and it will not be long now before all of this new material will be released. More soon!
OLDER NEWS:1) There is now a page on Facebook for The Twilight Garden HERE (it's also in the "Links" section here now as well)
2) Work on the new TTG album took a bit of a detour. I ended up taking a bunch of time off in order to mix and master music tracks for an indie film called "Where have all the mermaids gone". I'm not sure when/if it's going to be publicly released yet, but I'll post when I know more. The music was all done by "Tom Hagerman" from the band Devotchka. He is going to be releasing two solo CDs this winter - one of them will be all of the sound cues from the film - so I actually did a completely seperate mastering job for the solo disc. 28 tracks were mixed and mastered. We literally just finished! Anyway, it was a good experience and I think the tracks turned out really good. We're hoping to get more film work in the future... there is a potential film in mind! ;-) I will post more on that soon if it works out. Anyway, the film/solo cd is finally complete, so we're now focused on the new album for The Twilight Garden:
3) In regards to progress on the new album for The Twilight Garden, two songs are semi-finished. The reason I say "semi" finished? We're producing this album in a much different way than before. The songs are being written ahead of time, and the majority of the parts are being recorded immediately... but a bit of additional recording along with final mixing will happen when all of the songs are complete... There is a reason for this - which I will elaborate on at a later time. Both of the songs that are finished definitely sound like TTG, although, they have a different sound than "a world we pretend". I think maybe these are a bit "heavier" emotionally? Anyway... the production style is different as well. These tracks should sound amazing on a big PA/club system. They are not "typical" dance tracks by any means - but they should do well in the clubs because they should make the speaker system slam.
I'll post more as things progress... I'm sure it will be massively entertaining... (not)... but if you actually like our music, you'll probably glean something from this stuff...
Best wishes, Todd