The Continuing Story of Vostok Lake: news, updates, blogging

James Richard Steinman 1948-2021

When Daphne was 8 years old, she fell in love with Total Eclipse of the Heart and its grand guignol video. "Arthur Fonzarelli's got an army of clones", indeed.

vostoklake Tue, 04/27/2021 - 11:11
Comics and Stories out on Bandcamp right now

Well, here it is. Feast your eyeballs. Available for digital pre-order at Bandcamp - our double A-side single "Don't Tell The Doctor" c/w "Cut and Run" is available for streaming and download right now. The remainder of the album will be released when the physical merch is ready.

Please let us know what you think. We hope you like it.

vostoklake Tue, 04/20/2021 - 21:12
Home stretch

We took delivery of the final mixes for Comics and Stories today. We'd like to take this opportunity for a special shoutout to our producer, Jess Haugh, without whom none of this would have been possible - it being her suggestion to take VL back into the studio in the first place, back in 2015, when we were honestly beginning to wonder whether it was worth it. She ran recording sessions smoothly and intelligently, and gave both Daphne and Tricia valuable feedback on vocals - and in turn, had to put up with all kind of finicky comments about the mix.

vostoklake Fri, 12/04/2020 - 14:25
Now here's the news

Turns out we're going back into the studio again, to do some "repair" vocals, and also to record an extra-special bonus track which we decided the album wasn't complete without.

Release scheduled for December. It's still happening.

vostoklake Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:08
That was probably a mistake.

In hindsight, we were probably overly eager to do our cover of Frank Zappa's "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here", and not eager enough to make sure that a middle-of-the-road audience would get the joke.

Audience elimination experiment a complete success!

Nevertheless, we go forward.

vostoklake Sun, 08/09/2020 - 10:19
WOMEN ABOUT SOUND: Thirsty Dog, K' Road, Auckland, Saturday 8 August

Be there, do that. VL on circa 11 pm.

vostoklake Fri, 07/24/2020 - 13:18
Last day of recording

Recording of Comics and Stories finally concluded today, 5 years after it started. Tricia actually scared the producer with some of her unearthly calls. Vostok Lake will next play live in Auckland on Saturday 8th August (details to follow).

vostoklake Tue, 07/14/2020 - 15:07
The end is nigh

We have completed recording of the instrumental tracks for the last Comics & Stories numbers. We're planning on going back into the studio in July to do the vocals. It sounds pretty cool.

vostoklake Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:40
It is done. We're in the hands of destiny.

The Comics and Stories Kickstarter raised $1,077 in NZ currency - enough for us to achieve a couple of stretch goals. We hope to be putting up a "post-deadline" donations link soon so that others can get their hands on some of those sweet rewards, including the "Cut and Run"/"Don't Tell The Doctor" double-A side single.

Provisional complete setlist for the album, estimated date of completion September 2020:

vostoklake Mon, 03/16/2020 - 11:46