Monnow Valley Recording Studio News
As July came in we were joined by 7 talented drummers from Eygpt. Check our blog to see a documentary of the whole thing!
Local rockers from the Forest of Dean, The Bourgeousie came for four days to record their EP on some of the warmest days we've had here at Monnow this year. The boys kept their cool in the newly air-conditioned control room and recorded an incredible amount.
A band-to-be-named-soon came over from Cork to record their album with us and long-time friend of Monnow, producer Rob Ellis. They did some avant-garde sound recording including gravel stamping, sheet metal and a child's ball and a string quartet. They also fared very well at the local pub quiz!
Future of the Left, Welsh Music Prize winners of 2012 and previous Monnow clients, descended upon us for a week of album work with producer Charlie Francis (back again…!) They did an impressive amount of recording, writing, sampling of choice language and even had a bit of a BBQ too.
@StefFunkestra - Stefan Redtenbacher's Funkestra is a super group of some of the world's most prolific musicians. Written by Stefan and played - live and all together in the studio - this album is the latest in a long line of albums, yet still as fresh and innovative as the first. It was an honour to have them in the studio.
Charlie Kay and his artist Manelli from South Africa popped down to lay vocals on her gospel EP. They even bought us all fish and chips - yum!
O'casan decamped for 2 weeks with Romesh Dodangoda to record their album. Sunny weather, visits from family, impromptu jams and BBQs marked 2 weeks of brilliant recording from the boys.
Mid-May saw Monnow out on the road a little. Engineer Stef when to Devauden Music Festival to judge the Battle of the Bands - we look forward to recording with winners 'Interlude'. Hannah spent a long weekend down in sunny Brighton for the Great Escape, scouting out new talent.
A band Who Must Not Be Named came down for three days of home-cooked food and pre-production. Our lips are sealed until the reveal. But they're going to be huge.
The Graveltones, Aussie blues-rock duo came over from London town with Cardiff producer Charlie Francis for a week of brilliant music and generally good times. They were even treated to Stef's 'Man Rowing A Boat Behind The Desk' in the control room. Lucky boys.
April began with two new staff members Stef, our new engineer and Hannah, our new PR & Marketing rep. We're now on twitter too - @MonnowVStudio.
Written In Kings Popped in for the day to record their single for charity Action Overseas. We'll be seeing them for some EP action later this year.
Henry's Funeral Shoe came and laid down an insane number of tracks for their debut album. Keep your eye on the Welsh duo, they've had a track feature on Charlie Sheen's US car advert, and they've played alongside KISS...
Lisbee Stainton and producer Mikko Gordon came down after her pre-production sessions with us last year to record her fourth album. The session was guested on by Seth Lakeman and Eleanor McEvoy - bit of an all-star folk affair - and Lisbee's album sounds stunning.
Three days of home cooked food and music was enjoyed by producer Andy Keenan and his jazz quintet, which was a considerable downsize from the twenty piece orchestra he was producing last time he was here.
March 2013 -
Rusty Shackle came in for a few days to do the second part of their album and have a jolly time, including a raucous trip to the local pub. We're proud to support the Welsh music and these boys are gems, the single is out now!
Charlie Simpson (formerly of Busted and Fightstar) came down with producer Steve Osboure for two weeks of album work at the end of March. It's set to be a great piece of work!
History of MV Residential Recording
Monnow Valley Studio was originally the rehearsal facility of the world's first residential recording studio, Rockfield
Studios, created by brothers Charles and Kingsley Ward. When the brothers went their separate ways in the 1980s, Charles took over Monnow Valley and turned it into an independent recording studio.
Rockfield is still run by Kingsley but Monnow Valley has changed ownership a couple of times over the last few decades. In 2006, Monnow Valley was taken over by siblings Jo and James Hunt and has undergone substantial reinvestment since, including an acoustically engineered
control room, new recording equipment, heating, air conditioning, redecoration and improved leisure facilities for the clients, making it one of the
best recording studios in the UK.
Over the last 39 years, many of the musical world's biggest artists have used Monnow Valley for writing, rehearsing, or recording, including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Oasis, Stereophonics, Black Sabbath, and many more. The recent book, Rock Legends At Rockfield by Jeff Collins, documents the history of bands staying at both Rockfield and Monnow Valley Studio.
Over the last 30 years, our clients have included:
Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Coral, Pulp, Stereophonics, The Charlatans, The Datsuns, EMF, Super Furry Animals, Breed 77, Biffy Clyro, Oceansize, Rush, The Answer, Spiritulaized, Manic Street Preachers, Iggy Pop, Billy Bragg, The Crimea, Portishead, The Automatic, Tindersticks, Cooper Temple Clause, Queen, Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth, Catatonia, Robert Plant, GLC, The Levellers, The Damned, Fell City Girl, Tony Iommi, Glen Hughes, The Darkness,
Snowfight In The City Centre, Future Of The Left, People in Planes, Blood Red Shoes, The View, The Maybes?, Brigade, The Pigeon Detectives, Dan Dunne & The Reels, Herborg, Nathalie Nordnes, Jakobinarina, The Hot Puppies, Elliott Minor, Los Campesinos, The Enemy, Broken Records, Slaves To Gravity, Sky Larkin, Bullet For My Valentine, The Last Republic, Hip Parade, Attack Attack!, Golden Silvers, The Smoke Fairies, Tommy Tokyo & Starving For My Gravy, Funeral For A Friend, Heaven & Hell, Led Bib, Favez, Expatriate, Joss Stone, Yes Sir Boss, Deadbeat Darling, Pulled Apart By Horses, Cold Specks, 2:54, The Crave, Jorn Lande, Fredrika Stahl, Sylosis, Delphic, Morning Parade, Frightened Rabbit, Bleed From Within, Lostprophets...
Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Glen Matlock, The Charlatans)
Bob Marlette (Toni Iommi, Rob Halford, Tracy Chapman)
Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, The Enemy)
Ian Caple (Tindersticks, Simple Minds, My Bloody Valentine)
Richard Jackson (The Automatic, Future Of The Left)
Dan Turner (Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth)
Head (PJ Harvey, Massive Attack)
See more clients here