GEORGIA FAIR performs the song "WE ARE NOT ALIVE" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY CASSIE WALKER
Georgia Fair's acclaimed debut album "All through winter" was produced by Bill Reynolds(Band of horses) in North Carolina, to record their second album "Trapped Flame" they headed to East West Studios in LA to work with Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old crow medicine show, Dropkick Murphys) They'd considered several producers but as lead singer Jordan Wilson explains "It was clear that we felt drawn back to America to continue exploring this vast musical landscape where many of our heroes emerged"
Georgia Fair started life in high school. Jordan remembers a bright faced kid coming up to him after drama class in grade 8. Ben Riley had a big smile and seemed set that they would become friends; "he'd got word that I played guitar and was talking up the Nirvana record".
It wasn't long before they were jamming every weekend in the basement of Ben's home, playing every song that they loved and listening intently to their favourite artists, spinning yarns about how they would escape it all one day. "When we finished school it became clear that we didn't want to do anything else but play and write music; recording demos in a mate's attic and trying to get gigs wherever we could in Sydney. Finally we actually mustered the courage to share our music with the outside world - a phobia that taunted us throughout high school" adds Jordan
Recording their debut album "All through winter" with Bill Reynolds (bass player in Band of Horses) in North Carolina was the fast track to cutting their teeth in the studio. They couldn't have asked for a better way to learn the ins and outs of making truthful music that they felt so passionate about, than from a man who had seen it all and was gracious enough to share his wisdom. "It's once in a blue moon that I come across a group with such great harmonies and great songs. I knew I had to find a way to work with them." - Bill Reynolds, Band of Horses.
The shape of their new album 'Trapped Flame" began to form when they went up to Mangrove Mountain to finish off some demo's in mid-2012, a couple of months before heading over to LA. "It was a very productive and poignant time; we ended up leaving with some of the final tracks that made the record ('Fiery Night', 'Someday Soon' and 'Plain Girls) says Jordan.
They also came away with a very clear vision of how they wanted the record to come together sonically. "We wanted it to be more bare bones, minimal instrumentation but whatever is laid down takes a position; it has to be there for a reason" guitarist Ben Riley explains.
On arrival in LA they drove around for the first couple of days with Ted Hutt, getting used to a place they weren't familiar with and getting to know their new producer. Ted had a Tom Waits box set in the car, which became the soundtrack as they drove around and dropped into some of Ted's regular haunts for food or coffee, all the while talking philosophy and about their favourite records. "Ted immediately felt right; he was very open, he let us in and we reciprocated. This opened up all possibilities and ended up being a key component in successfully capturing the sound and feel of this record" recalls Ben
Pre-production was brief but intense. At first it was just the three of them, playing through the song's and discussing ideas --Ted was all about finding "the corners" of the record, which songs fit where. They then brought in Steve Sidelnyk on drums (PJ Harvey) and Jonny Flaugher on bass (Ryan Adams) "They'd never met before but gelled instantly; establishing another key component of the record -- Steve and Johnny became our engine room".
The recording of the record took place at East West Studio on Sunset Boulevard; laying down the drums, bass, piano and guitars, jamming live in studio B. "the very same studio where the "Pet Sounds" album was born" enthuses Ben. Once most of the tracking was down at East West they set up at Kingsize Soundlabs in Echo Park, where they started laying down vocals, overdubs and finally mixing the record.
One of the main reasons they were drawn to work with Ted Hutt was his ability to capture the vocal; "We loved the way he'd mixed the Old Crow Medicine Show record and where he'd placed everything in the mix; nothing was fighting for its place" explains Ben.
Presenter: Cass Walker
Executive Producer: Justine Moyle
Assistant Producer: Sinead Barrett
Camera: Joe Andrade
Mixed and Recorded by: Carl Nagy & Doug Walker
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