Writ of Passage: Recording with Revolution
Posted by Bailey Daniels
Hey everybody, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I have something very exciting to talk about! If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I’m in a classic rock and blues-style band called Revolution. You may have also caught that we were anticipating recording our first full-length album at the beginning of the year. On January 4th and 5th, we laid down all of our tracks and we’re in the process of getting everything else completed so we can release our album very soon. But I wanted to share our journey making this album with everyone so y’all could get some back stage insight on the process.
On both days, we started early in the morning at a studio about an hour away from each of us and worked on recording and mixing both days until roughly 8:00 pm. Even though the days were long, we kept them light and goofy in between tracks, talking about everything from the Modest Proposal to rainbow, sour punch straw donuts. We also got to work with Mr. Charlie Memphis, a fellow musician who worked at the studio. If you’re into country and folk music, check him out on all platforms!
We started by recording the bass, drums, and rhythm guitar simultaneously by playing in a normal band setting. Gary Fox, our drummer had his own isolation booth, and Nathan Torma (bass), Travis Fairley (guitar), and I played together in a larger room. I recorded something called scratch vocals which are used to help guide the band, but are not the vocals you’ll hear on the album. Afterwards, we went back and cleaned up parts separately if there were areas that needed to be re-recorded. After completing the foundation, we moved onto adding lead guitar and the actual vocals.
Travis went first so I could record vocals with the full band sound pumping through my headphones. Travis started by playing through any main lead parts, and in some cases, even layered on 3rd guitar parts. We worked through each track one at a time, first completing guitar, and then moving onto vocals where I would record a main vocal line, and then add harmonies if they were necessary. Once we got all tracks how we wanted them, it was time to move on to mixing and mastering. Now, I would love to say that we left that studio with masters in hand, but our sound technician was incredibly stubborn and insisted on mixing songs to his standards instead of our standards which brought on a new set of challenges.
After completing our recording session, we received our masters back later in the week, and much to our surprise, they were less than what we hoped for. In an ideal world, you would walk away from the studio with masters that you’re happy with, but because we wanted this album to be perfect, and the masters weren’t up-to-par, we moved back to stage one in the mixing and mastering process and worked with a different sound technician to get everything just right. Ryan Rajagopal came to the rescue to give us the album we want everyone to hear. Even after an accident where his glass-top mixing desk collapsed and he sliced his hand during clean-up, he finished mastering our album and it came out just as we hoped.
Finally, after having all of our songs completed, we worked out an album cover, a title for the album, and a tracklist. Writ of Passage, Revolution’s first album will be coming to you soon on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and everywhere else. Be on the look out because we’ll be revealing a release date for the album soon. Check out all things Revolution on our website. We’re looking forward for the album release and we’ll have some gigs debuting the album soon! Also, I’m willing to bet it will rock your socks off.