Stevie Bell on new Attica album and past recording experiences

Good morning/afternoon/evening!

Stevie here. I’m currently in work and should be processing accounts or whatever office work I’m supposedly employed to do, but I’m genuinely WAY too excited about the forthcoming recording sessions, so I figured I’d waste some company time and type up a wee blog about the new album 😉

As most of you who have seen the Road Dog video diary will know, I’ve never made any secret about the fact that I hate recording. But I honestly can’t wait to get in there and tear into recording album number three!

Perhaps I’ve never enjoyed recording because my first experience of doing so back in high school wasn’t the most enjoyable. Then the Ruin Nation solos were a tad rushed, in terms of writing AND recording. But that’s because the album was almost fully recorded when I joined, the only thing missing was solos, so I didn’t want to waste the band’s time any further and cause even more delays by trying to perfect my lead parts. I had a few rough ideas for solos from playing some of the songs live at gigs, so when it came to recording I took a few takes at each and the best one stayed. The sessions for Road Dog were enjoyable, working in with Jonny and tag-teaming the guitar parts, but doing so after long days at college and being shattered at the end of the day, it was often pretty draining.

The whole Road Dog experience could be describe as draining, really. Not in a BAD way, it was just long and drawn out. More so than any of us expected. The first rehearsals and demo sessions started in September 2009. We recorded the drum parts in November 2009, the bass was wrapped up before the end of the year. But due to a busy 2010 with gigs and festivals galore, we were still recording come early 2011! You could say it was a bit of a saga. But the end result was well worth it!

Which brings me to my excitement at the potential end result of album number three! We’re working with Roddy again, at his newly built studio through in Clydebank. We also have a new bassist in, giving the band a new energy, some additional vocal power and some new songwriting ideas to work on. We also have a deadline, giving the band a bit of a kick up the backside!

I don’t wanna give too much away in terms of the recording process, but in order to contrast the huge epic sounds of Road Dog, we’re going for a more stripped back approach on this one. The bass and drums will be recorded LIVE in the studio, with the band rattling through a few takes and going with them. Rhythm guitars will be recorded over a few daytime sessions, with lead parts being recorded in the evenings. Vocals will be belted out at Jonny’s home studio while Roddy works on editing the instruments. Mixing and mastering after that, then BOOM! Album done and dusted within the space of a month.

I love that we’re doing it this way and I especially love that it’s happening in September! Van Halen recorded their immense debut in about three weeks, starting in September 1977. And I think it’s kinda cool that we started the Road Dog sessions in the September of 2009, then fast forward three years and here we are ready to record the follow up in September 2012!

As for the release date? Well, if a new Attica Rage album is on your Christmas list, let’s just say Santa will have plenty of time to get it into yer stocking… 😉

Anyway, suppose I should get back to the day job. That solitaire high score isn’t gonna beat itself!

Stevie Bell
Attica Axeman

Stevie Bell

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