Sound City to King Size and the Poochamungas… and Block Party! progress.

NEVE

NEVE

There is a very excellent documentary called Sound City out about the history of a recording studio called?  You guessed it… Sound City in Van Nuys, California that recorded many great bands but went out of business in 2011.  Bands including Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young,  Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, etc…  and of course Nirvanna and Dave Grohl.  Dave now owns the Neve 8028 analog mixing console he bought when they closed (Dave also directed the Documentary).  The Neve Board was the main reason why many of the bands went there to record because of it’s amazing ability to deliver great drum sounds and everything else.  It’s at the center of the story.  Well as luck would have it the Poochamungas recorded a good deal of our music on a Neve board (No not that board)…  It seems our engineer at Kingsize Sound Labs, Mr John Abbey, was playing a gig at WGN (pretty good bass player as well) when he spotted the Neve board laying in some corner.   Unwanted… Unloved… Unused…  So he made an offer and bought himself a pretty fine recording board indeed. Now I know John was very happy when he got the board, (midway through our recording of Block Party!) but I had no idea of the history of that type of board till I saw the movie. Color me impressed!  But her comes the bit of irony in the movie for me.    Some individuals in the documentary claim that digital technology and specifically Pro Tools are one of the main reasons why Sound City went out of business.  That technology made the recording on tape and the Neve obsolete.  That no one wanted to record the hard way when Pro Tools can fix everything.    Well we recorded on a Neve into Pro Tools.  Blasphemy you say?  Well I don’t know about that.  What I do know that is what we did and thanks to Pro Tools many bands can now afford to record.  That tape is expensive but worth it if you can afford to and are good enough (less margin for error with tape).   That each has a place.  That anyway you can get the music out is a good thing.  Anyway I suggest you go see the Film as it is available for rental or purchase it here…  buy.soundcitymovie.com/

Art by Joe Somers

Art by Joe Somers

In other news our CD is now in the hands of Breakthrough Audio and they are going to make many copies which we will be able to release in the coming months.  Yea!!! Here is the slightly modified final cover art by our amazing artist Joe Somers!

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