The four of us in Kindler have a taste for certain things. One of those things is a good vintage sounding recording.
Now that is not to say we don’t enjoy modern recordings too. Two of my favorite sounding albums are Sound Awake by Karnivool, and L’Enfant Suavage by Gojira, both of which are examples of just how good new recording techniques can sound. But the way bands now are revitalizing the old school approach to rock records is really inspiring.
We recorded our EP, “Afterglow”, ourselves. It was tracked in the Fidelitorium, Mitch Easter’s home studio, who is known for his work with R.E.M. and Pavement, among others. The studio is filled with both fantastic modern equipment and rare vintage gems. In other words, it is perfect for Kindler.
During the recording process, we were particularly influenced by Alan Parson’s work - alongside Steven Wilson - on The Raven That Refused to Sing, as well as Brendan O’Brien’s work on Mastodon’s Crack the Skye. Both of those albums are very recent, having come out in the last five years, (Raven came out in 2013, Crack the Skye in 2009) but they have a sound that is more representative of 70’s prog rock than modern heavy music. However, both of these albums also modernized the vintage approach in many ways and the result paid homage to times past while continuing to move forward.
Analog tracking // Digital mixing
We made use of the combination of new and old in the Fidelitorium to try and create a blend of sounds from yesterday and today that satisfied our creative leanings. We tracked into an analog ABE console from the 60s/70s running through old Neumann microphones, Pultec EQ’s and DBX compressors, but used Protools as the recording medium instead of analog tape. About two weeks later, we mixed the album at Trailblazer Studios, utilizing mostly in-the-box techniques and software.
In the end, “Afterglow” represents both our taste for modern music making and vintage recording. We think, and certainly hope you agree, that the combination is something worth listening to!
Author: Cameron Fitzpatrick