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    The Eighth Note/New Album: Wellington Sea Shanty Society

    13.07.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release.

    Today’s guest is Lake from the Wellington Sea Shanty Society, who have just released a new album in collaboration with Croche Dedans.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    The Wellington Sea Shanty Society. Strictly shanties.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have just released our French/English collab with Croche Dedans called Ahoy!

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    In April 2017 we recorded the album at a great community recording studio in Vannes, just outside Nantes, France.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Gaëtan Griveau engineered the album then I (Lake) mixed it back in my bedroom in Toronto. This is a joint album with our French friends Croche Dedans so we didn’t have much time get ready for the studio. We chose the tracks to record over e-mail then had a couple of jams before we started recording.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    These are mainly traditional sea shanties. Vorn wrote the one original shanty.
    The history of Wellington Sea Shanty Society and Croche Dedans are as intertwined as a heaving line knot. After learning the way of the chant marin from Croche in Nantes, circa 2012, I returned to Aotearoa NZ to found a shanty group of my own. Vorn Dont Pere Etait Marin was the only squeeze box player in town, and he was keen, so the Wellington Sea Shanty Society was born!
    In 2014 Croche Dedans made their way down to the South Pacific for our first joint shanty tour. In 2015 we joined forces again for a tour of Bretagne.
    Over the years Croche & WSSS have created what has come to be known as the ‘troisieme set’. After playing a set each, we crowd onto the stage and engage in a shanty battle: French verse vs. English verse, Kiwi squeezebox vs. Breton banjo. This album is us attempting to bottle this salty energy.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Not really. It’s a little more ‘straight up shanty’ compared to our other albums. We just use the instruments we play live.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    La Complainte Des Terres Neuva/The Men of the Grand Banks’ Cry: The W.S.S.S usually do this one in French when we’re in New Zealand but we translated it to English on the train from Paris to Nantes. I think the switching between languages works really well. I also love the defiance of this shanty.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes. Physical copies can be ordered from our Bandcamp page.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We have one video, and a couple of live videos of tracks that appear on the album. The W.S.S.S will be back performing in and around Wellington from September! For the full W.S.S.S + Croche Dedans experience you’ll have to wait for the next time we can French to travel south.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Twitter, Facebook & our Website.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    In my lifetime as a shanty singer:
    Croche Dedans: Ostrava
    The Corries: Live from Scotland
    New Zealand Folk Songs by Neil Colquhoun (This is a book)

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Anyone with a shanty disposition.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Sprig & Fern Tinakori Rd & the Southern Cross.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We normally write alone. Then workshop things together.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    TBC!!


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    New Album: Raw Collective

    15.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Rory from Raw Collective, who have just released their full-length debut album ‘For The Ancients’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    In Wellington, in our home studio. With a trusted vocal booth, and our combined equipment, we recorded the album, one track at a time, over months.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The album was mixed by Jason Erskine, and Mastered by Mike Gibson. We got the best we could find in town to the engineering, it paid off.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Myself (Raw Deezy) produce the tracks, co written with Pauly Lowe, then the band record/write their parts. The theme of the album is ancient megaliths, the cosmos and psychology, our three favourite topics!

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    This album is just the cream of the crop, from all the demos and different songs we’ve performed over the years. We wanted to bring all the different genres from all the members into the mix, so that was the approach, but keeping the hip-hop skeleton.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Nothing specific, however, mixing the live drum kit with sampled hip-hop kicks and snares, gave us a mix of live band with beats we wanted.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    ‘Pictures’. This is our next single, I love it because it’s a sound we’ve created by mashing up all our favourite bits from different genres, we’ve invented our own style of hip-hop with this one.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Records are arriving in a few weeks, otherwise its a digital release. It will be available on every digital platform on May 14th!

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Yes, we just released a video single “Waterproof Coat’ and plan on releasing two more. We want to take this album all over NZ, starting with live shows Wellington May 25th and Auckland June 29th, more dates to be released.


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    The Eighth Note/New Album: Bloodshot

    11.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians, and ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release.

    It’s a chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest’s are Bloodshot, who have just released their debut full-length album ‘Pull the Plug’.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Bloodshot. A Metal-core band from Wellington, New Zealand.
    With inspirations from the likes of: Bring Me The Horizon, Crown The Empire, Northlane, Issues, Periphery, TesseracT, and many more.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve just released an 11 song album but have also written an EP’s worth of new songs in the mean time.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Our Debut Album ” Pull the Plug” was recorded a few locations, first we tried recording in a studio which we weren’t really vibing with. So we decided to go back to our rhehersal space which just so happened to have a high arched ceiling which gave the room very nice acoustics to work with. So that was all mainly recording for the drums. Everything else was done at the kitchen table apart from vocals which happened in Jesse’s bedroom with a couple of mattresses for sound dampening. We probably started the process January/February 2017 mucking around with ideas. Officially starting in mid April 2017 then finishing after a number of hurdles late April 2018.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Bloodshot and Doug Thimbleby ( Jesse’s dad ) Produced and engineered the album. Doug doing about 90% of the work with us just feeding our input to him. The tracks on the album came together over a long time. Some dating back to 2013 with the most recent being written early 2017.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    For the most part idea’s struck us when-ever inspiration hit and we wrote from there. There were times however where one of us would be listening and think ” I want to have a song like that”, then we’d go away with that for inspiration and write something. As for the lyrical sides of things, Tyler wrote the majority with Jesse writing lyrics to 3 of the 11 songs. We write lyrics to what ever is going through our mind at the time or if something significant has a big enough impact on us that we feel we need to write about it.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Most definitely. We wanted this album to sound a lot more like the music we listen to. Both in writing and production. Taking this approach definitely is what caused us to take longer than expected with the production. Something BIG that was a hurdle for us was going from Digital to Analog. We tried bouncing our finished songs on to a 2 track Otari Mx5050 Reel to Reel to capture, the “analog goodness” we heard so much about. But that “goodness” ended up being a detrimental high frequency harshness once back from mastering and had also “slammed” the audio before it even got the chance to have compression put on it.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not any specific gear to say. But I guess the closest would be Fractal Audio’s Axe Fx Ultra Guitar Processor / Effects unit. With a lot modern bands using it, it was definitely helpful to create a more modern tone with ease.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I wouldn’t say there is but I guess our most dynamic song is our last track
    ‘Peripheral’.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There are a limited edition of 200 physical copies available. As for digital platforms it will be on everything: Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, Googleplay, Amazon, etc.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We’re definitely working on videos for this album. Which I can’t say too much about but they’re going to be sick! We are doing a show on the 11th of May as our official album release and a lot of promotion within the next coming months!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat are the main forms of contact for us.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
    Crown The Empire – The Fallout
    Periphery – Select Difficulty

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Of Blackest Oceans, Order of Diptera, Claemus, Black Water, Curlys Jewels, Mishap, Pale Lady, Kairillion Theory, Horizon A.D. There’s so many to list but definite Of Blackest Oceans.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Valhalla !!! It’s like a second home for us haha.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Tyler or Jesse normally come to practice with an idea show the band and we just collectively build on it from there until we’re happy with it

    Where/when is your next gig?
    May 11th – Lower Hutt – The Angus Inn – Free Entry – 8pm.


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    New Album: Emily Fairlight

    07.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Emily Fairlight, who has just released sophomore album, ‘Mother of Gloom’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The Album was recorded in Austin, Texas May 2017.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Doug Walseth of The Cat’s Eye Studio recorded the album and Ben Edwards at The Sitting Room mixed it. I wrote all the songs at home, apart from ‘Breathe Baby Breathe’ – I wrote that in Texas on the last day of recording.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Just woke up and wrote them really. Overall theme is exactly what I’m feeling at the time..

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Not intentionally, but it’s been a long while since I recorded my first album! And I’ve “binned” one album in between.. The next album will be different again I guess.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    It’s recorded to tape and digitally, that’s how Doug works. And I had a general idea of instrumentation before going over to Texas. Doug and I made notes on what, and he arranged for session musicians. I did a lot of wandering around over there, listening to headphones and coming up with bits.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Probably The Escape. it’s the song that got me the invite to go and record in Texas. Most of the content, in a more complex way, revolves around the simple message of that song.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There will be! At any of our shows May/June and in stores after. Vinyl and CDs. And yeah digitally from May 4th, the usual haunts – Spotify, Itunes etc…

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    Yep, we’ve released one for ‘The Escape’ and the next single ‘Drag The Night In’. Then one more for ‘Body Below’, and after that I’ll sleep a while I think.


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    New Album: Nicole Andrews

    04.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Nicole Andrews, who has just released her sophomore album A Stranger.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded at Rhombus Studios here in Wellington starting in about February of last year. We took our time with it to really make sure it sounded like we wanted.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Thomas Voyce (Rhombus) produced, engineered and mixed the album at Rhombus Studios. I come to him with a completed song and then he works with me during the recording and production process in the studio to really finalise the sound, adding other instruments and such. So, the songs were fully written, but then things like guitar, bass, drums were all added by him in studio while we hashed out what the songs needed and how they could be elevated with these additions. This was quite a lengthy process, but was a nice second creative burst to finalise the sound we would go for.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    The themes of the songs are definitely love and loss, in all the senses of love and ways you can lose. It is a really dark album in my view, and is like a snapshot of life from a very particular time, since all the songs were written in just three months. The process of writing these songs was slightly different for me, primarily because I was working with a new instrument, the synthesizer, which lent itself to layering sounds, something I had not done before as a pianist until I produced my first album. So I wrote it by piecing together synth lines straight into demos, then layering those up, adding vocals and messing around with the songs quite a lot in the recordings to create shape and my ideas.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes, I had intended to move in an electronic direction for this album because I’ve always been very much in love with the genre, and always felt slightly limited working solely with the piano. So the idea was to do something completely different to what I would normally do, and see where it takes me. I wasn’t sure what that was going to mean for me until the songs started coming.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Well, working with the Prophet 6 really opened up the possibilities, but to create the songs I really just used what I had on hand at home, recording demos on my laptop. Nothing fancy… By the time the songs got to the studio though, we used a huge variety of gear to get the sounds we wanted.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think ‘Echo’, which is the last song on the album, captures the full essence of feeling that I expressed across the album. Each song focuses more closely on different feelings and events, or ideas. But ‘Echo’ to me is the most raw song on the album.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    I’m not doing CD’s this time to try and save up for doing vinyl later, but until then the album will only be available for download, starting on the 4th of May. The downloads will be available on all of the normal platforms like iTunes, Amazon and such. However, I also have a Bandcamp page and sell them directly off my Website.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    I have two videos for the album, both are done and dusted. The first video is for Lovely Thing which was filmed back in May last year by Adam von Penfold, who is a talented artist with film. He approached me back when I was still releasing things for my first album, In the Shallows, and I intended to work with him at the first chance I could. The second music video is for my song Beg for More, and that was filmed down in Diamond Harbour in Christchurch by my friend Jaya Gibson. Jaya has worked with me for years and he even designed my logo and did the graphic design for my album cover for A Stranger. He’s pretty awesome. For both videos I just let them take full creative lead and do what they want.


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    New Album: Darren Watson

    01.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Darren Watson, who has just released his first all-acoustic album ‘Too Many Millionaires’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded and mixed Too Many Millionaires at Surgery Studios in Newtown over three days in November last year.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Lee Prebble engineered/mixed the album and I produced and arranged everything. We recorded live in the studio, with everyone playing together in the same room at the same time. It was a real blast working ‘live to tape’ – working without a net. There’s a couple of things like tambourine added later but we haven’t replaced anything from the original chosen live takes. It’s very REAL. No auto-tune and moving single beats around visually to make things ‘perfect’ like so many seem to today.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I guess there really is a theme to the album but it didn’t start out that way. I wrote the songs over the last 3 years or so and whittled the list we actually recorded down to eleven tunes or so, then I whittled it down again to make it a cohesive LP. It turns out it’s a bit of a concept album by mistake! There is a definite mix of the personal and the political. But I never saw the difference anyway, and it’s still all the blues to me.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yeah, it’s the first time I’ve worked entirely acoustically (no electric instruments) and totally live in the studio, tracking everything at once and not replacing anything. Often you at least re-do the vocal tracks but I really wanted the feeling of immediacy and freshness that a live performance can give you. I’m really chuffed with how all the musicians played and bought into the spirit of the record. I think people will feel they’re in the room with us as it happened. That’s the aim anyway.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Well, Lee pretty much stuck with old gear – valve condensor and ribbon microphones and we even used an old Echoplex on the vocals on a few tracks. It’s VERY analog sounding. And hey it’s an LP, so . . .

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Probably ‘Mean Me Right Blues’. 2AM, a little bit intoxicated, and ready for some 2AM kind of music. 😉

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    It’s available as a limited edition 180g 12” LP, compact disc, and hi-res download from music.darrenwatson.com (nb. the www is missing intentionally).

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We released ‘National Guy’ as a single on March 30 and there is a video I shot at my local town hall with my cellphone.


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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

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    ‘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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