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    New Album: April Fish

    09.04.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Katie from April Fish, who have just released new album An Alien Invaded the Circus.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    I spent some time recording at New Zealand Pacific Studios (a gorgeous artists’ residency in Mount Bruce, where I wrote two of the songs that ended up on the album), and the rest was at my home studio in Wellington.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I did the engineering. It was mixed by Vince Welch, who is in Boston band Bent Knee. They’re one of my all time faves and he did an amazing job, I feel so lucky to have him work on this album. We communicated online, sending tracks back and forth until we were all happy with the result.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    As with the previous album, this is a collection of songs I had written over the years, that felt like they belonged together. The title comes from a comment my niece made about a moment in our first album, Blurred, that she described as sounding like an alien invading a circus. The image stuck with me and it seemed fitting to name this song collection after such a bizarre turn of phrase. I wondered about who gets to decide who the aliens are at a circus, since the word could easily be applied to both the performers and the audience. A lot of my lyrics are from the point of view of a concept or a personified feeling, so it felt fitting to have a title that could also flip around.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    With our previous release I was fairly new to recording and under time pressure, so it all happened very quickly and I was learning on the go. With this one I really took my time and didn’t compromise at all, so I think it sounds closer to the version in my head. I’m still learning how to make that happen, and hope the next release will be even better at capturing the sound I’m after!

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not exactly. I wanted to see what I could achieve electronically since we didn’t have a budget for session musicians so I programmed all the instruments except John’s Warr and double bass, and the accordion and ukulele on ‘The Main Attraction’.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think ‘Silver or Sulfur’ is the one, for me, that gives the best impression of how I hope the album comes across as a whole.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! Physical CDs come with a hand-cut mirror feature, with gorgeous artwork by Zephyr. Physical and digital copies are available for purchase on Bandcamp, and the album can be streamed on Spotify.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We shot some footage for Axident, but being DIY it ended up not being particularly useful in the end. We do have a cool lyric video on the way for The Question, though!


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    New Album: Eb & Sparrow

    23.03.18 | Permalink | 2 Comments | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Eb & Sparrow, who have just released new album ‘Seeing Things’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    In January 2017 we stayed for twelve nights in Ahiaruhe, which is a really special place for us now, its east of Carterton in the Wairarapa. We drove all over the place and planned it out so we all stayed on site, having 6 rooms really helped, in this 1870’s house, surrounded by land, quite stunning on all accounts. We beg, borrowed and bought everything studio-wise, and I’d just checked before hand to make sure there was good power, the option to ‘dampen’ rooms etc. Send is so weird for the outside world to understand in a recording process, its really important to be totally shut off from external noises and complications. We did lose 2 x days to a noisy crop-duster on our previous record, so we scoped out the local farmers plans before recording!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Brett Stanton who we had used on Sun/Son came over especially from Melbourne to record and we did the mixing between NZ & Australia, in the end it was easier to finish it off by me flying there and just sitting in a beautiful ABC radio production suite for 2 full days to finish it. As a band we’d practiced for about 3 months previous to work out styles and songs, but at least half are road-tested, the other hand are pretty fresh.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I write really privately, its not something shared until they are closer to completion, then I take them to the band and we play them a couple of times around in amongst our normal songs, and over time they stick or they don’t. Death seems to be a theme (tragic aye) but you know, death can be so many things, like death of a former life plan, or a person, or feelings, there’s also just the ‘noticing’ of life, that’s pretty much my favourite thing to do as a photographer and songwriter, just noticing life, and somehow it comes out through music. Really the full band find a way of bringing that sentiment to light.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes, we didn’t really think about it until later, but there are no acoustic guitars on the record, I really fell in love with a telecaster and couple of different amps, and the whole point was to get a lot more space in the sound, but create the same weight to the songs. Its pretty important to everyone in the band to keep growing, otherwise we’d just stagnate. We all love a wide variety of music and bringing a production element really helped think about it differently, and also being aware not to lose the humanity behind the songs, because that’s the connector.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Awesome old mics, a couple of beauty old amps, a new Supra amp, and playing around with a heck of a lot of pedals between 4 people on guitars. Our drummer Justin brings a different element too, as he joined us permanently about 1.5 years ago, it was really important to make a record with him, creating a sound together.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    That’s a really tricky question, its a pretty diverse album, ranging from indie-ballads to old vintage soul. Probably Mt Vic is my most favourite, it’s quite different than the others.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Its all being released on 23 March, available on CD and thanks to Slow Boat Records it’s on vinyl as well, available in all record stores in NZ. You can also pre-order on iTunes and eventually I’ll update the other online platforms. [Spotify here]. Of course your local library can buy one for you to take out, that’s where I listened to the most music in my whole life, a brilliant option I always think. We’ll also have everything with us at shows, including special merchandise.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We’ve released “To The West” as a single last year, and this week we released “Working” and here’s to a fingers crossed for a third on its way! A visual representation for music is so important these days, and as I love visuals its kind of an extension of the music we make, an added bonus really on all front, however nothing beats a live show.


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    New Album: WOMB

    01.03.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next are WOMB you have just released their full-length debut album ‘Like Splitting the Head From the Body’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded the songs live with Rohan Evans at Wine Cellar in Auckland in February last year. Then we spent many months self-recording at home, layer on layer of synth, piano, strings, and vocals.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We were lucky to merge studio recording and DYI recording: performing the bases of the tracks in a studio environment, to capture the songs with the energy that comes with playing them live, as well as experimenting and making mistakes and taking our time with the songs by then working on them in bedrooms and lounges. Charlotte did the first mixes of the tracks, and then we had our long time friend Thomas Lambert finish mixing and mastering.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    The songs were created across a year or so, and were written as reflections on different moments from that time. Though there was no explicit “theme” when making this album – the songs are all independent of each other – certain recurring ideas do emerge if you look at the works as a whole. Themes of relationality – being who you are through your connections with those that matter to you, a desire for closeness, closeness as meaning.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    There was no conscious approach to making a “sound” and it is important for us that we don’t fall into a singular sound…

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Nope. We’re not really too focussed on gear… we mostly use what’s around us and go from there.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    There’s no real “essence” to the album… just as there’s no intended “theme” to the album, but if we were to choose, it would probably be “Here We Bend (to Smell the Dirt)”.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! We are very stoked to have tapes and vinyls, which Rohan Evans set up! Everything will be up on Bandcamp, as well as Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, etc.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    To be announced soon!


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    New Album: Scorn Of Creation

    05.02.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next are Guitarist Seth (ex Bulletbelt), Bassist George (ex Backyard Burial, The Dauntless) & Vocalist Kris (ex Mindfuck), who have come together to form new band Scorn of Creation.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Seth:
    The album was recorded between our Drummer Shaun at his home studio and myself at my home. Throughout the first stages of the recording process, we demoed the album tracks, each to a click track. I think this process helped us a lot when it finally came to recording the album.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Seth:
    We worked on the songs for the first half if 2017, demoing all the tracks before diving in to the recording process. Our drummer Shaun then recorded the drums at his studio and sent the stems to me. After sending those through to me, I recorded guitar, bass and vocals at my place & mixed the album. We wanted to go for a raw, but polished sound and even though we had a lot of offers to mix/master the album, I think the way we recorded it, gave us exactly what we were after. I produced and engineered the album myself, I have been mixing/recording bands for the last 15 years, but this is my first professional venture. After working in a $500,000 studio with a past band and recording in settings of a similar nature with some others I’ve found that the way we recorded the Scorn Of Creation album, gave us much more freedom to achieve the sound we wanted, also being in an environment we were comfortable with didn’t hurt. The album ended up coming out even better than I had expected, so thats a success for me personally.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Seth:
    The song writing was a process developed over a few years, between myself and bassist George. Once we had enough material, we started the process of moving the band forward a recruiting members. Once we had Kris and Shaun on board, we demoed our parts (bass and guitar) along to a click track and sent these our for the other guys to work on. Once they came back with their interpretations of the songs, we collaborated together and smoothed out the songs to create an overall feel and theme we were all happy with. From a musical perspective, our goal with writing (theme wise) is simply; riff driven, memorable Death Metal with an old school feel and modern twist, which will translate well live.
    Kris:
    Once the songs were written and basic recordings were made, they were sent to me and I put pen to paper and started writing my concepts for the album. I focus a lot on how vocals flow with the music, being careful not to cover the entire track. I like to let the guitars and drums to have a voice of their own. Nothing worse than someone who barks over the entire thing
    George:
    Seth and I have slightly different writing styles and tastes within this genre of music, so there’s quite a lot of variation on the album that we’ve worked on blending together. Personally, I hope at least a few people that listen to the album will feel a sense of nostalgia to the death metal bands that first got them into the genre

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Seth:
    Even though this is our first album, we’ve all played in a variety of bands. So with this band/album we were going for a different sound and approach than most of us have been used to in the past. With “Scorn Of Creation” we wanted to capture the essence of old school, traditional Death Metal, but with a new age twist. Riff driven, raw and energetic, as opposed to overly technical and competitive.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Seth:
    I purposefully recorded my rhythm guitar parts on a low end, Ibanez guitar.
    The reason for that, was that I wanted a more raw, scratchy and harsh rhythm tone, which no high end guitar I tried could give me. And on the other end, I used a Scheckter, Demon guitar to record my lead & solo parts in order to capture the more smooth, clear tone for lead. There was also a lot of trial and error with instruments, we used a few different tricks to get the overall sound we were after, some of which I’ll keep to myself (We don’t want to give everything away) haha.
    George:
    For the bass parts I wanted to focus on playing quite traditional/conventional bass player role. Focusing on filling out the low end, and putting a bit more punch into sections that required it. I wanted the bass to be more felt than heard. To try and achieve this I used a 5 string LTD B205 fitted with flatwound strings. I’ve found in the past if the bass is too “slappy” in a recording of this style of music it can mess with the kick drums and make the recording sound looser, so the flatwound strings offered a warmer and smoother tone and feel.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Seth:
    For me, the album is one big piece in its entirety. There’s not one single track that really captures the overall sound for me, because there is so much subtle variety between the songs and they all come together to make the album what it is. For that reason, we chose to release our first single “Realisation” which is riff driven and straight forward, on one end of the spectrum and now we’re set to release a music video for our second single “Behold The Fallen” which is completely different from the first single. We’ll do the same again once we release the third. The album as a whole is truly the best way to listen to it, there’s no filler at all.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Kris:
    We have physical copies available now for order from www.deadboyrecords.com and the album is also available on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    George:
    We’re currently working on a video for our second single “Behold The Fallen” with renowned director Amber Beaton.
    Seth:
    This video will be where we can really showcase the band and show off our aesthetic, as well as getting more of our overall sound out there for people to hear


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    New Album: Pervertor

    27.01.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Ross from Pervertor, whose latest album ‘Perverted Tales Of Depravity’ was released late 2017, and are celebrating the bands 10th anniversary this year.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We started off by tracking drums in April 2014 in our rehearsal space in Paraparaumu. We then used the same space, and one of our homes, to track the guitar, bass and vocals. We slowly pieced together the rest of the recordings over the proceeding months. Finishing with the vocals in Dec 2014. Mixing, mastering and creating the artwork all took up the next couple of years.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Inebriator, our guitarist, and his brother Kieran (guitarist with Fallen Order) recorded and mixed the album. Both have recording experience and we trusted them to give us what we wanted for the project.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Songwriting was shared between our singer Necroar and guitarist Inebriator for the majority of the material. We then brought the songs into the rehearsal room and fine tuned them until they were complete. There isn’t a specific overall theme but the lyrics are a reflection of the many disturbed individuals who live among us.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Not specifically, but there were definitely elements of the recording process we wanted to improve upon from our first album ‘Into The Alcoholic Abyss’. The overall goal was just to improve on all aspects of the previous recording and represent our newest material more accurately.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    We had updated our recording hardware/software to take advantage of the new technology and processes in DIY recording standards.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    ‘Raise The Metal Fist’ I think is the song that most accurately reflects the band at that stage of our development. We’re also currently starting our live sets with this song, so we feel it is a great way to introduce the band both on the recording and live.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes, CD copies are available at Bandcamp and you can also buy digital copies through that site also.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    No videos are planned at this stage for the material off the new album. It’s not a particular priority for the band at the moment. But certainly something we will look at for new material if and when the right concept and/or director manifests itself.


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    New Album: Nick Granville

    21.12.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Nick Granville, who released a new album, ‘ReAMPED’, last month under the name Granville Shepherd Elise, which was recorded in Los Angeles with two other NZ musician’s.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The new album, ReAMPED, was recorded in Los Angeles, California at Kronos recording studios, September 2017.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The album was produced by me, Nick Granville, and the engineer was Gary Novak. Gary is one of LA’s top drummers having worked extensively with Chick Corea, Alanis Morisette, George Benson and countless others. We composed the tunes the day before hitting the studio. The music was a collaboration between Benjamin J. Shepherd, Dylan Elise and Nick Granville.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I provided a few ideas prior to the rehearsal/writing session, which were nothing more than a few notes, chords or grooves, but most ideas we came up with on the spot in a rehearsal room the day prior to hitting the studio. While this might sound unusual, for us it is just how we work. We are improvisors at heart, as we all play mostly jazz, so to compose is essentially just writing down what we might have improvise otherwise.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes, and no. We are trying to be honest to ourselves musically so when you do that you get a sound that is your own to an extent. Everyone thinks they have their own sound so I guess we will let others decide if we actually do. We draw on our influences and this is apparent in the music I think.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Recording is Los Angeles was amazing in that sense. The gear available was on a different level to anything in New Zealand or almost anywhere else for that matter. For example Dylan had a catalogue of hundreds of snare drums to choose from for the recording sessions.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think ‘Pablito’s chicken’ and ‘Gotchu Bro’ sum up the album. They are groove tunes, with interesting elements and the titles sum up the vibe.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    At this stage there is only digital copies available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon but physical CD’s will be available from early 2018.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There is 3 video’s on YouTube of the recording process. A 10 minute video documentary type look at the recording, a 3 minute summary and a 1 minute quick look. There is also lots of videos of the process on my Instagram page.


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    New Album: Richter City Rebels

    30.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Dan from Richter City Rebels, who are just about to release their new album ‘Hard Work Hard Money’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Mostly at The Surgery in Newtown, Wellington but we did a couple special vocal overdubs elsewhere, and one of the singles, Never Know, was recorded at the RNZAF band rooms.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We were very lucky to have legendary engineer Mike Gibson (Munki Studios) with us for the tracking, mixing and mastering. The tunes were composed long before the session but we did make some of the decisions in the studio, and Mike had some great technical and creative input along the way.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    We write the tunes as individuals and adjust them once we’ve played them. The songs really take shape on stage, but we have a few special traditions such as playing a brand new tune for the first time at soundcheck, or writing tunes or lyrics on specific stretches of road across the country.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We want to bring the party atmosphere of the second line in New Orleans to our audience here, and also to have some of our friends as guests.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Very expensive microphones, and sacred ancient Jamaican medicines made from fermented sugar… heh

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    B.M.C. (the second single written by our trumpet player Ben Hunt) was written after some of our members spent time partying with TBC Brass Band at the Balcony Music Club in New Orleans in 2016. It’s got all the key ingredients – Huge minor-y bass line, screaming trumpet, hot spicy Latin flavour, a very very special solo by “Lil'” Glenn Hall from the legendary godfathers of modern second line Rebirth Brass Band, and a deadly vocal feature from local crew Raw Collective and Jinz Moss. It’s unstoppable and it’s gonna be absolutely fearsome when we play it live (with Raw Collective in effect) at the release show on December 1.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    CDs will go on sale at the release show, and it’s available on all digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp from December 1st.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There are plans! Watch this space!


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    New Album: Needless Cane

    27.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Needless Cane who have just released debut full length album ‘Sick World’…

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded over a period of 6 to 7 months from November 2016 till June 2017. As for where it was recorded, I recorded the vocal tracks separately in my home studio (here in NZ) while the music and production was recorded over in the States by my friend and fellow artist Jeremy Garner.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Jeremy Garner was the man responsible for producing and engineering the record. As for tracks coming together, we would send each other ideas and demos through messenger and email.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Jeremy would send me a demo through email and I would jam along to the sound and get an idea of how to perform it, often putting words together and finding a rhythm then later adding lyrics. I would record a few takes and send the isolated vocals alongside a rough mix of the song back to him. He would then mix, tweak it further and send me a version of that song to get my opinion on it. It was a very easy process of creating music and very different to what I was used to in the past.
    There are many themes included in this record, themes of how the world is and how it is perceived as a social media saturated culture. I’m an observer and I usually channel what I see in the world and how I view people. I love films and get inspired by them so I would create a song based on it as well as psychological themes, Metaphors, the occult and witchcraft. I feel that some of the songs have a strong essence of magic in them.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Absolutely, I wanted to challenge myself creatively and had the urge to experiment with a new sound that differs from the previous works that I had created with the band in the past. I felt like this collaboration with Jeremy would help conceive something very different and so far it has. I am pleased with how the record turned out.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Black Magic

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    It’s tricky to single out just one track as I feel as a whole entity the album itself works very well; each track compliments each other and tells the story of what is needed to be told.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There will be physical CD’s in time but they won’t be available till early 2018, but they will complete the story of the record by showcasing a more in-depth visual representation of the album through its 8 page booklet with lyrics and Photography shot by the extremely talented Jess Cameron (Visceral Photography). As for now the record is on Spotify, Bandcamp, Google Play and iTunes. Also there are many others but these are the main and important ones.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    Yes there is already a music video out for the track “Kill Your Ego” (On YouTube) which was directed by Olex Cidor (Lenscraft Media) we released that back in July. There are also plans in doing 2 more videos for “Am I Pretty, Yet” and “Goddess of The Black Moon” and a possible 3rd video.


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    New Album: Matt Hay

    01.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Matt Hay who has just released second full length album ‘Something Blue’, following on from his 2007 debut album ‘Inside Stories’, and his 2012 EP ‘Where do we go from here?’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded between July and November 2016 at the Surgery, with a bit recorded at home.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced the album with a bit help from Andrew Downes, who engineered and mixed it. With the exception of one track, ‘Love that I had’ which turned up late in the piece, the tracks were all tunes that I had been playing live with my band, The Makers, for the last few years. One of the tracks, ‘Too much to ask’ goes back about 20 years.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I wrote all the songs, and they all came to life at different times and in different ways. I’m not a very disciplined songwriter. I don’t sit down with the intention of writing a song and work on it until one comes. For me they either come or they don’t. Sometimes they come fully formed, and other times they need work. The album doesn’t really have a theme – just a bunch of songs about life’s little ups and downs.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I wasn’t consciously going for a different sound, but the album has a bit more of a blues feel to it than my previous releases. In terms of approach, one thing I wanted to achieve with this album was to add some more colours/textures to the songs, make them sound a bit different from what they do live.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Yes, I played a bit of lap steel, dobro and electric guitar on some of the tracks.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Not really, but the lead track, Last Jubilee, is probably the one that would be the single, if we were to release one.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    CDs are available at Slow Boat Records, via Bandcamp and at gigs. Downloads can be purchased from Bandcamp and iTunes, and it can be streamed via Spotify.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    No plans for a video at this stage.


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    New Album: Hobnail

    16.10.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Rob from Hobnail who have just released their 7th album, ‘Blue Sky Songs’, in a career that now spans 23 years.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Basic tracks were recorded at The Surgery in Wellington with Andrew Downes Engineering. Overdubs including Guitars, vocals and some violins and percussion were recorded at Mad Dog Studio which is my home studio. I also mixed the album at home. Mastering was done by Ross McDermott at Audiosuite in Kapiti.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Caroline Easther (Drummer) and I shared production on the album. Songs were pretty well rehearsed and arranged before we started recording, although some arrangements came together or were altered during recording. Arrangements are a pretty collaborative process in Hobnail. We’ve been working together for a long time and all have ideas on what will best serve the songs.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I’m the main songwriter in the band, although this time around Jo sings 3 songs which are all covers, and Hamish sings 2, 1 of which is an original and the other written by our friend Jeff Simmonds. I write songs fairly compulsively, but find I need time and space to get any real work done. So I’ve always got tons of half finished ideas flying around, and then when I get some free time to focus will tend to finish off a batch. I think my 5 on this album came from a demo of about 15 that I put forward to the band. Themes? Life, death, love and broken hearts. Although the overall feel of the album is upbeat and optimistic. Blue Skies ahead…

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yep. Our previous album (String Things) was a bit of a career retrospective in that we gathered songs from throughout our (then) 21 years together, and had an extensive guest list and some pretty big productions. On this album we decided we wanted to keep it to pretty much the 4 of us, with a more acoustic sound, which is reflective of our live sound.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Well, I have some really nice acoustic guitars and my home studio setup is geared toward capturing a warm sound, so mostly valve microphones and pre-amps.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Hard to say, because with 3 different singers across the album the sound does change, and we do touch on various styles across the folk/rock spectrum from song to song. That said, our first single ‘Every Single Day’ is a good place to start.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes – both physical CD’s and links to iTunes and Bandcamp can be had from our Website.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    After 23 years together, we shot our first ever music video for ‘Every Single Day’.


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