Lowtalker are in the studio recording a brand new EP for their No Sleep Records debut, and PropertyOfZack is happy to have the band back for their second Behind The Booth feature. The band finished tracking their six songs in five days, so heck out their progress in the studio below!
From Matt Keil:
So we are now more than halfway through the recording process but there’s a lot left to do. Tracking vocals is a really tedious process. I started tracking one of my songs “Like Minnows” Wednesday morning. We had done a lof of writing and demoing some of the vocals earlier so luckily there wasn’t much writing to be done in the studio. So we took turns singing lines and then re-singing them, over and over again. Then when you have a good enough take of the lead vocal, you double that, do some mixing, and then work on some harmonies. Stu sang a couple extra parts on that song as well and it started to build up pretty nicely.
Unfortunately Brian had to go to Eau Claire that afternoon to play a show with his other band Laarks, so Wednesday was cut short. To give you some perspective and context, Comeback Kid was leaving for tour early Saturday morning, so whatever didn’t get done that week simply wasn’t going on the record. We worked long, looong days Thursday and Friday singing and adding the little extras that make a song what it is. It’s really easy to get discouraged early on in the process because a song doesn’t sound like what you pictured right away. It takes a lot of experimenting and adding/subtracting parts. Thursday night I had another show to go play myself, so Casey and Stu recorded some extra guitar parts using some of the different amps we talked about before.
Friday morning we went over all the ideas they had hammered out the night before. There’s some really subtle stuff that I hope has the right effect when people take a closer listen. It really helped take the songs in the direction we imagined when we started writing them. The rest of the day was devoted to singing. Finally later in the night we were wrapped up with actually tracking. This was lucky because Stu and I were so worn out from singing we didn’t even sound like ourselves anymore. Lesson learned: tracking 6 songs in 5 days is a pain in the ass.