Recording The Usual AngstPosted: February 23, 2015
The countdown has begun! We’re less than two weeks away from our album release party on Saturday, March 7 at the Railway Club and thought this was as good a time as any to share a few tidbits about the recording of The Usual Angst:
- It’s produced by David Carswell (in collaboration with us) and was recorded at his and John Collins’ JC/DC Studios here in Vancouver. All three of our albums have had David at the helm and we’ve developed a great working relationship with him. Some of David’s other credits (sometimes with or without John) include The New Pornographers, Destroyer, Tegan & Sara, COOL TV, the Shilohs, Vicious Cycles and the Evaporators.
- The album was recorded in two blocks–the initial session was in September-October 2012 and the second session was May-July 2014.
- We played pretty much all the instruments on the album, except for 12-string guitar by David on “Corner of Gore and Pender” and horns by Stephen Graf and Melissa Lee (of the wonderful garage-rockin’ band the Beladeans) on “My Pal Dan.”
- This album marks the first time we’ve recorded songs we hadn’t previously played live–“One Too Many” and “The Happy Song” had not been road tested before being committed to tape.
- The album was mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering in Vancouver. He buffed us up good–we recommend him highly!
- This is the first China Syndrome release out on vinyl LP.
Here are a few snapshots from our time at JC/DC Studio.