New TCSO song – “I Will Wait For You”!!!

The fourth in a “once a month or so” series of tracks from TCSO, a very personal song, “I Will Wait For You”, and as Chris will tell you, one of his proudest moments as a songwriter.

Featuring TCSO regulars Rob Lundgren (vocals) and Dennis Leeflang (drums and mix) alongside Chris Szkup (guitars and bass), due to the content of this song, Mathew Szkup was high on the list of people that Chris wanted to try and get on the track. While his schedule was tight, he does appear on acoustic guitar which was an awesome touch, and makes the whole thing “complete” in a lot of ways.

“Lyrically the song talks about the whole dealing with losing loved ones, and also what it means for the people left behind, really trying to make sense of everything and offering some thoughts on it all, as well as some personal recollections of people that were close to me who are no longer with us”, says Chris.

Another thing of note with this song is that with the “bridge” of the song, which to me was meant to be a bit of a Beatles esque jammy section, I realised that the lyric “Come Together” was in that section followed by a gap, so I had Rob sing “shoot me” as a little nod to the masters. Great fun to do that, and I think it sets the section offperfectly.

Once again, mastering on this track was done by Andy VanDette at Engineroom Audio in NYC, while artwork was done by Dan Verkys.

Listen in full and purchase (if you wish) via Bandcamp!!!

New Music – “Forgotten Ones”

“Forgotten Ones” is a piece I had for years and years that never ended up on any album. I actually recorded an early version of this with Colin Mahoney in 1994 that was my first time ever in a studio come to think of it! As there is a bit of a gap in TCSO studio releases coming out right now I thought it might be a good time to put it out 100% on my own, right down to the playing of all the parts, “mixing”, “mastering” and video editing, and liked the idea of a full length accompanying video for it.

I started it on March 17, 2018 and intended it to be all done within a day. Sometimes you just aim a little bigger than is possible though haha. So while I did most of it on that day, there was also a small amount of work a week later, and the final touches being added today on April 1, 2018. My shirt changes in some of the clips will give you an idea as to what was tracked when. I did some mic’ed up electric guitars for the piece but for some reason the direct recorded ones sounded better on this. So that’s how I kept it.

All up, a very fun thing for me to do, and something I may do again at some point! I hope you enjoy!! 

New songs – Line up / Video!!!

When I started getting these tunes that you’ll hear soon together it was pretty clear very fast that I didn’t have the nads required to do the vocals justice. In the past I had successfully found killer singers from little old Youtube and thought I would try it again. Eventually I came across this guy by the name of Mr Rob Lundgren from Sweden, and hoooooly shiiiiit – what a voice!!!! Going through his channel I saw amazing diversity – and with every different song and style I watched, I was just blown away how much he was killing it no matter what!!!! Upon getting in touch I found him to be a fantastic guy also, and we banged out the tracks for the EP real fast, with ease. Such a pleasure!

Here’s a short video from tracking of the last song we did:

The full line up for these next tunes (aside from the occasional guest who may pop up here and there) is:

Rob Lundgren (Vocals)
Mathew Szkup (Guitars)
Dennis Leeflang (Drums)
Chris Szkup (Guitars and Bass)

I’m so pumped and can’t wait for you guys to hear the stuff – more soon!!!! 😀

New music!!!! Full track – “Friendship Song”!!!!

Resist to ExistHere you go folks – ENJOY!!!!

Line up:

Chris Szkup – Guitars, Bass, Lead and backing vocals
Mathew Szkup – Drums, guitars, backing vocals

Recorded at Red Planet Recording by Stew and Jake Long

Mixed by Dennis Leeflang, mastered by Andy VanDette, artwork by Dan Verkys

New music from Chris – A sneak peak….

Just a tiny peak at the new music I’ll have coming very soon. Joining me on these songs is my bro in life and music, Mr Mathew Szkup, who you’ll see rocking out in this video for a moment!

The audio here is unmastered but I hope you dig it all the same and I’m sure you’ll agree that the mixing by Mr Dennis Leeflang crushes!