April see's us start work on the the next pigeon detectives album. Both Andy and Matt are working together to produce this LP which represents the Pigeons most eclectic work. The album has the band returning to previous punky rock 'n' roll form whilst forging new ground with some poppy numbers and some more ambient tracks. Its shaping up to be a great album and we can't wait for you all to hear it. In the mean time we'll continue having fun making the record.
March see's the Crookes finish there second studio album "Hold Fast" at cottage Road with Matt producing. The album has been made on and off since the end of last year with the band only having minimal breaks from touring to write and get into the studio. As a result of this speedy approach we think they've produced something with real energy and life to it. The record will be released on indie legends "Fierce Panda" later this year but the first single "Afterglow" is already out and doing well on the radio making the 6 music B-List, amazing radio B-list, xfm and radio 2 to name a few.
Leeds' best noise rock band Hawkeyes have been busy this year at Cottage Road completing both an EP (Mindhammers) and album (IDEAS) with producer Andy Hawkins. Both are already out now on Brew & Fierce Panda respectively and the album especially is picking up some great reviews already.
Check out the video for Skyspinners, the first single from Ideas here.
Leeds finest folk pop quintet Ellen And The Escapades have returned to Cottage Road to produce there debut Album "All The Crooked Scenes" with Matt Peel. The album is a mixture of old and new tunes with the band revisiting some previous releases that both the band or Matt couldn't omit from the album.
Out now on Branch Out Records the album is a great listen from start to finish and not just for lovers of folk music. Picking up some great reviews already the band will be gearing up for festival session so go check it out.
Have a listen to the iTunes previews here.
This February we've had the pleasure of having Richard Formby in the studio mixing the latest I Like Trains record, "The Shallows". It's always nice to have Richard about, not only is he a very talented guy but he's become one of the studio's good friends so good luck to him and I Like Trains for 2012.
Here's a link to some of the work done in this session.
This December we've done our first session with Leeds/Manchester indie posters The ABC Club. They've been finishing a few tracks for their White Lies EP, and have already began work on material for the next release after striking up a good studio rapport with Matt.
You can hear the fruits of our labour here and look out for more ABC Club in 2012.
This month we just installed a beautiful Plate reverb at the studio. For those who don't know this was the way studios made reverb before digital reverbs came about in the 80's. It basically consists of a 4x8 steel plate with a speaker and 2 microphones attached. We already had great fun with it taking the sides of and singing into it. People who have used these before will know how wonderful these things are. We aren't exactly sure how old our plate is but it could have been made as late as 1957 making it as old as my dad!!
Leeds indie popsters Just handshakes we're british have been using the studio and Matt Peel to mix their new ep falling over our fear for elephant records "new adventures in pop series". The Band have produced a real gem here released on beautiful bright blue 7" vinyl. We know the band are writing material for an album as we speak so look out for this next year is bound to be a classic
Pulled Apart By Horses returned to Cottage Road recently to record a new B-side for their next single "Yeah Buddy". No covers this time though - brand new track "Soft Handed Punk" has been taking shape with Matt Peel on production duties and as usual for these guys it is pretty blistering stuff. A cheeky piece of studio banter found it's way on to the end of the song - a discussion about the very limp handshake of a certain well-known Irish guitarist. Prizes are on offer if you can guess who is under discussion...
Chichester / Brighton based melodramatic post rockers Last Days Of Lorca have been working up at Cottage Road recording their forthcoming EP with Andy Hawkins handling production duties. Everything is nearly finished now and we hope to see a release before the end of the year.
The Candle Thieves debut album "Sunshine and Other Misfortunes" is released on 29th of April. The album was recorded during the second half of 2009 and was completed in January of this year. The album is being released internationally so good luck to Scott and Anthony for 2010.
Throughout 2009 we've had Leeds' finest The Pigeon Detectives in the studio demoing their new album due for release later in 2010. The lads are now almost at the end of the demoing process and they've got a great 3rd album in store for 2010. Good luck to the PD's this year and keep your ears open for it.