In July 2017, March 2018 and again in August 2018, I went into the studio with The Tri-Gantics to record their first full length album.
Due to various reasons (e.g. work commitments, costly studio time, ...) we only had very little time to record the 12 tracks that ended up on the final release. It was a completely new experience for me, being forced to trust that the songs we played live would translate to a recording well enough. Up until this point I was used to either having the songs rehearsed water tight before recording them or – on the opposite end – figuring out what they should sound like during the recording process.
We recorded all basic tracks together in the same room and overdubbed vocals afterwards. Also some percussion and some guitar solos have been added later. The blues harp has been recorded on a separate occasion at an even later stage.
Sound-wise it was an absolute blast to be playing in this particular studio. Lots of vintage gear combined with great monitoring systems and the know-how of mixing engineer Ray Black provided an incredible playground of possibilities. I was very impressed by how well the 3-mike approach worked for the drums. Especially the mono overhead delivered such a balanced output I've had never imagined being possible.
During those three quick stints at the studio I learned once again what I already knew: Never go into a recording situation without a previously perfected demo tape. Or bring a lot of time and money with you. Your mind is going to trick you into thinking that what works live is going to work in the studio – which it won't. And vice versa.
Nevertheless, I am proud to have played on this record. I believe that many people who liked the energy of our live shows will remember that feeling when listening to the twelve songs on Roots'n'fruits. And I can imagine that when I will be listening to this album in a view years, I will remember all the happy faces I saw in the audience at our gigs, too.
I would love to come back to this place with more time and the intention of capturing the vibe of a great live performance. More than most studios, Black Shack Recordings has the potential to capture music in a way that feels honest to the listener. And that's what music as an art form is all about.
Martin Telfser: Guitars, Vocals
Alex Vonach: Upright Bass
Christian Schart: Drums, Backing Vocals
Dynamite White: Harmonica (tracks 1 & 9)
The following snare drums have been used on Roots'n'fruits: Gretsch Catalina 14x6,5 (7-ply mahogany shell), Gretsch Silver Series 13x7 (7-ply ash shell), Pearl Free Floating 14x5 (1mm brass shell). What I was most excited about was my Zildjian Kerope 22" ride cymbal. Man, does this instrument sound nice!
Live shows of The Tri-Gantics: thetrigantics.com
If you like, you can buy a physical CD on Amazon.com
All tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Rawand Baziany at Black Shack Recordings in Calw, Germany. Hier ein interessanter Artikel über das Tonstudio in Sound & Recording auf Deutsch.