THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING

“There’s something about knocking it out very quickly, desperately, and dangerously,” Trey Gunn declares one afternoon. “When there’s a certain level of desperation, you just go to a higher level. We miss that so much today with Pro Tools and related means of recording. If you know that you can do 30 takes then you don’t necessarily pour 100% into each one of them. When the Beatles were recording albums, they would be bouncing tracks while John and Paul were doing backing vocals, bouncing a tambourine performance or such, and they only had two shots to nail it. There was an aura of desperation that translated onto the tape. One of the odd things about today’s world is that you don’t have to enter a studio to make a good recording. So many bands have the tendency to bring their material in ill-prepared. You can tweak things as you go along, which is cool, but there’s really something special about having a band that is well-prepared and can just go in and record quickly.”
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