Shrouded Album Completion

Shrouded Album Completion

Recording The album was originally recorded between January and April 2013 at Energy Plant in Chico, California. This was Scott’s first outing at a recording studio. I should probably mention that Scott is blind and lost his sight early in life. The only real challenge that this brought was in keeping his position in front of the microphones consistent between takes. The initial scope of the project was to record and mix the songs in their current state so that Scott had a product to preserve, promote, and sell his music. There were moments where songs were rewritten and rerecorded since it was the first time that Scott had been able to critique his work. Mixing and Production I started the principal mixing not too long after we had passed the halfway mark and quickly found it hard to resist adding production elements to some of the songs. The first song that I did this with was “Blank Brick Wall” where I added string elements that added to the tone and theme of the songs. From there on I started recording bass guitar for some of the others songs. In July 2013 I moved to the UK in order to apply for my US work visa, a process that placed a significant dampener on this project’s progress. Work resumed in early 2014 after I had settled in and acquired new equipment and mixing setup. Prior to that I had a chance to try out a couple of ideas that I approached Scott with. The most prominent example is the additional production on “Listen”. The middle of the Summer saw...
Furlough Fridays: Let Me In EP

Furlough Fridays: Let Me In EP

Recording The album’s principal drum recording was done on 27th and 28th of July at Energy Plant in Chico, California. Nick Lemos was the supervising recording engineer. Subsequent overdubs and re-amping sessions happened over the course of the next six months. I was originally the intended project engineer, but due to last minute move to England we had to change engineers at the last minute. The initial recording sessions were done as live tracking sessions in order to capture the band’s natural sound and feel. There was a definite time crunch since this would be the last album for then current drummer Sam Casale, who would be moving to Sweden to study abroad. This meant that the drum and basic guitar tracks had to be recorded within two days. Mixing for an EP In February 2014 we decided to go ahead and mix four songs for an EP release. They wanted a Grungy sound and felt that I could deliver it. The experience proved to be a good time to start developing the foundation for the band’s signature sound, something that was further developed during the album mixing stage. The goal at this point was start sifting through the current recordings, editing and cleaning them up, and putting together the foundational mixes for the EP. For now the EP is done and the band had something to take on tour and build up interest in the October’s album...