The Sabertooth EP was a concept we imagined while recording our very first song. We had played and practiced many songs up to that point and when it came time to record we couldn't pick just one. We demoed many different songs and decided on a few that would work together on an EP. We began recording in November of 2011 and worked on it until our computer died in June of 2012. It wasn't until December of 2014 we were able to bring the computer back from the dead. We were happy to find that our work was still there but it was incomplete. After listening to the songs and making notes on what we needed to rerecord due to Jack's increased skills over the span of time since we had last worked on the project we decided to release it as-is. We felt it would be a good marker on where we were as a band in 2012 and where we are now. There are a few missing pieces on some of the songs and things we could have done better, but overall, we are happy to be able to finally release these songs and look forward to recording some new tunes.
While we were on vacation in the summer of 2014 we stopped by Third Man Records in Nashville, TN. We were able to record two of our songs direct to acetate in the Third Man Record Booth. The booth is a small cramped space with one microphone in it, roughly the size of a telephone booth. We needed to get two people as well as musical instruments inside for the recordings. Jack was able to ad-lib his percussion on the booth wall to save space. The next trick was no editing. You had to get it right the first time there was no editing or do-overs. The result was pure magic, it was a wonderful session and we have one-of-a-kind records from it.
The very first single from The Black X. The single was recorded at The Music Room in Fort Worth, TX in November of 2011. It was originally meant to be a demo but quickly became considered a possible first track for an album and the rest is history.