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Dulcie and the Ragtag Army march to own beat, record EP

Nov. 9, 2010

Lauren Guy | Uproar Records
David Dulcie is currently recording an EP along with his band, the Ragtag Army. It will release in early 2011.

By Liz Appling

David Dulcie and the Ragtag Army, an Uproar Records band, is in the second week of recording its first-ever EP.

The EP is being paid for by Baylor's Uproar Records, which is an opportunity that was offered to returning Uproar artists.

The musicians of Zoo Studio are also making an EP this year. Like David Dulcie and the Ragtag Army, they too are returning artists to the Uproar roster.

Uproar gets the proceeds from the EP until the production costs of making the EP are covered. After that, the band gets a percentage of the profits.

Following recording, the EP will be released in early 2011.

As students, the band members are managing this project with their college schedules by spreading the process out over a month and recording in the studio on the weekends, Glen Rose senior David Dulcie said.

Dulcie said each band member has different days to record. For instance, the drums were recorded the first weekend followed by rhythm guitar and bass the second weekend.

B.B. Sanford, a Sachse senior and vocalist for the band, said vocals will be recorded this upcoming weekend.

The songs being recorded for the EP illustrate the band's style, music with a "Southern-rock" tone and a subtle Cajun sound created by adding brass instruments to the mix, Longview junior and guitarist Nick Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw explained the percussion sound gives the music a "groovy rhythm" with a variation of beats depending on the song.

"It definitely has drive," Hinshaw said. "It definitely has groove. It's something that will really get your toe tapping."

As a band that most often plays together during live concerts, there are notable differences in the transition to making music in the studio.

The recording equipment has been set up at Dulcie's home. The house is functioning as a studio because it has many angles, which is beneficial for acoustics.

"In the studio, you need to get it right every time without making it sound like a machine is playing the instrument," Hinshaw said. "You definitely don't want any mess-ups. That's why recording takes longer."

Sanford said this opportunity is extremely important for the band because the EP will exclusively feature David Dulcie and the Ragtag Army.

"This is the first time there have been multiple professional recordings of our band on one album just for us," Sanford said.

"We can then go and pass it around to different people in the industry. It will put our name out there a lot more, especially because [the album] is being done very professionally."

Sanford said the whole process is bettering the group because they have increased the consistency during the practices, which ultimately has helped prepare them for recording.

"Now it feels like we have been brought together more as a band because of this EP," Sanford said.

Dulcie said he is enjoying getting to know the band members more through this process.

"Recording has shown me how much I enjoy working with the talented members of this band," Dulcie said.

"You always hear about people recording stuff, and you see it on TV, but it's really interesting to actually be a part of it because Baylor and Uproar have handled it really professionally," Sanford said.