Happy Friday everyone!
A few of you might have seen random pictures and posts about our practice space, so I thought I’d give you a closer look at where we spend many of our evenings getting ready for tour and working on new songs!
This winter we had a few months off, and one of our goals was to spend a lot of time working on music. To do that though, we needed a space, so we started talking to people around town to see if we could find something that worked. A local heavy duty mechanical company offered to let us use a huge empty room in their office as a temporary solution, which was a great start.
A few months later the owner of a local self-storage company got in touch with us and said they had an empty unit we could use. At first we found it quite unconventional, using a storage unit to rehearse in, but we put in some work to make it cozy and comfortable, and we’ve grown to love it!
Since the unit is essentially a corrugated metal box, we needed to make some adjustments, not only for aesthetics, but also so sound wouldn’t be reverberating from wall to wall and making us crazy. I found a few curtain panels at the local thrift stores and combined those with a collection of fabrics from my mother-in-law and we were able to cover almost all of the wall space with fabric.
We put down some carpets, Jess made a doily bunting banner, and we found some lamps and Christmas lights and all of a sudden, our metal box was converted into a cozy, living room-like space. It’s not big, but everyone’s got enough space to play and move around a little.
The one characteristic of this space that I didn’t really consider until we started rehearsing in it was that it’s very isolated, and that’s a good thing! In the winter, we would close the door, and we’d be stuck in a box with nothing to do but work on music. No distractions, no outside influences, only us and our instruments and a handful of songs. It made for some productive evenings.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of our humble space! We dream of one day having our own place where we can spread out a bit and maybe have a studio or something, but for now we’re so thankful for the generosity of the community, and having a place to work on our craft!
Until next time,
P.S. Don’t forget! Next week we’re hitting the road for a tour through Alberta and British Columbia and we’d love to see you at a show! Check out all the tour dates HERE.