POZ Behind The Booth: Somos - Temple Of Plenty (Part II)
Somos will be releasing a great new albm called Temple Of Plenty on March 25th via Tiny Engines. Friend of the site Jesse Cannon, author of Get More Fans: The DIY Guide To The New Music Business and the man behind Cannon Found Soundation, happened to record the album. We thought it’d be a great idea to have Jesse write a two part Behind The Booth series on the recording of the record. Pre-order Temple Of Plenty here and read part two of Behind The Booth below!
From Jesse Cannon:
When it came time to get bass tones we had a big creative choice. Mike F. isn’t a big fan of modern punk, distorted bass tones and likes a more round classic bass tone ala Radiohead or an old Dub record. The problem with those tones is they don’t cut very well against super distorted guitars and I really wanted his bass to come through the mix and shine throughout the record since he was playing cool things. We ended up having him play our 72 P-Bass into a minimal amount of distortion to give the bass clarity in order to get a sound he would like as well as a sound that would let listeners hear his great bass work.
Like most records, the vocals on Temple of Plenty were very important. Mike F. is a rare singer who isn’t obsessed with himself and instead a well-read college student who spends more time reading Karl Marx than Facebook and is one of the only people I have met who is farther left on the political spectrum than myself. Because he had very interesting and intelligent things to say we worked a lot on diction and making sure his lyrics could be heard and were phrased in a way that would make the most sense to a listener. On some records the lack of intelligibility on the vocals can work for character, but in order to have these great lyrics hit home, we both worked really hard on making sure his performances had both emotion and clear enunciation. In the mix, I then tried to use lots of different distortions, delays and reverbs to accentuate different moods. Adding distortions for more angry and frustrated lyrics and delays and reverbs for more self-reflective and emotional parts.