Right to Remain Silent

Right to Remain Silent was recorded between April 2007 and June 2009 and represents the start of Mechkov’s solo recording experiments. To all intents and purposes, this is a demo album, but as a record of Mechkov’s eventual escape from the confines of group input and his discovery of what works and what doesn’t in the recording process, he considers it to be a valuable contribution.

The album ranges from acoustic ballads (Lorraine), through pop and rock to the extreme (I Can’t Hide) and on into the downright avant garde (5th Amendment).

This collection also ranges from 1984 (Working Backwards) up to songs composed during the recording process. The other older numbers are Tide Turning (1989) and The Dance (1993). The Dance was written with No Breaks in Sofia, Bulgaria and was the band’s biggest success, reaching number one on Radio Tangra’s Top Rock chart, remaining there for three weeks.

5th Amendment was Mechkov’s first experiment with digital looping (the two-second loop was as long as the Boss ME-50 could furnish). The original recording was 19 minutes long and the acoustic and electric guitar solo tracks were added in the following week (April 2007). Including the original take, there were four subsequent solo tracks added (thus the piece’s title and the inspiration for the title of the album).

Right to Remain Silent was recorded on Garageband using Line 6 Gearbox and Mackie Onyx Satellite interfaces, a Fender Mustang guitar, a Boss ME-50 unit and a Digitech Expression 7 pedal. The microphone used is an Audio Technica AT 2020.

Irrespective of the time involved, had all the equipment been bought brand new (it wasn’t) and including the cost of the Apple computer (which comes installed with Garageband) the album would have cost something like £2,500. (The real figure is closer to £1,200 – including the computer).

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5th Amendment I 2:45  
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Mr Uncle 3:48  
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Trophonius 6:03  
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Five Times Five 4:39  
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Dark Ice 3:27  
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5th Amendment II 4:06  
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The Dance 3:42  
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Make the Best of It 3:54  
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Tide Turning 3:46  
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Working Backwards 5:10  
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Lorraine 4:47  
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I Can't Hide 2:30  
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5th Amendment III 2:12  
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