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Monthly archives: June, 2013

Made In Monnow… Bullet for My Valentine

Made In Monnow…. 

Bullet for My Valentine – ‘Fever’




Just up the road in Bridgend live four Welsh boys who form Bullet For My Valentine. They happen to be one of the most successful Welsh exports ever, with success outside of the UK and across the world. They chose to stay local when recording their third album with Don Gilmore at Monnnow.

The stats tally up for the Welsh quartet; over 500,000 copies sold world wide, 5th in the UK album charts and 3rd on the US Billboard charts, Bittersweet Memories is at 6 million views whilst Your Betrayal rests nicely on 16 million. A successful album to say the least…


1. “Your Betrayal”   4:51
2. “Fever”   3:57
3. “The Last Fight”   4:19
4. “A Place Where You Belong”   5:06
5. “Pleasure and Pain”   3:53
6. “Alone”   5:56
7. “Breaking Out, Breaking Down”   4:04
8. “Bittersweet Memories”   5:09
9. “Dignity”   4:29
10. “Begging for Mercy”   3:56
11. “Pretty on the Outside” BONUS 12. “The Last Flight”.

Find all things BFMV here at http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com/

In The Studio…Our Tomorrow

In The Studio…

Our Tomorrow

our tomorrow single

‘One For the Yearbook’

Young Welsh band, ‘Our Tomorrow’ have got their debut music video out today – it was filmed at Monnow and the track itself recorded here with Romesh Dodangoda. Premiering last night with Blank TV, the track has already got over 2000 views!


They play next month at Monmouth Festival alongside Peasant’s King and new stars on the scene Young Kato.

Keep an eye on these boys – they’re on the rise and have been made here in Monnow.



MADE IN MONNOW…. Frightened Rabbit ‘Pedestrian Verse’


Pedestrian Verse’ (2013) – Frightened Rabbit

We’re not delving back into our history that far today, we’re keeping our throw-back to a very much recent album Made In Monnow. Back in 2012 we had the lovely Frightened Rabbit in to record with us. They only bagged a top 10 chart position with their album didn’t they?

Their first major label release with Atlantic Records, and produced by Leo Abrahams was quite the success, and we’re very happy for them – they were wonderful guests!

Find everything Frightened Rabbit-y here www.frightenedrabbit.com

Here’s the beautiful, signed vinyl they sent us.

Frightened Rabbit Signed Vinyl

And here they are having drink with Phil and Liam after a bit of village bingo…

frightened rabbit


1 Acts of Man 4:54
2 Backyard Skulls 3:10
3 Holy 3:39
4 The Woodpile 3:28
5 Late March, Death March 4:02
6 December’s Traditions 4:10
7 Housing (in) 1:31
8 Dead Now 4:09
9 State Hospital 4:37
10 Nitrous Gas 3:10
11 Housing (out) 1:04
12 The Oil Slick 4:37
13 If You Were Me 2:55
14 Snow Still Melting 3:28
15 Escape Route 3:30


In the studio….The Graveltones

In the Studio …. The Graveltones


Recording their eagerly awaited first album following on from their exciting EP back in 2011, follically well-endowed Australian, London-based boys The Graveltones stayed with us for 7 days. Aside from the amazing cooking smells provided by Mikey’s wife and sister (the latter popped over from Australia to see them) they also provided some amazing sounds. Well-known-to-Monnow producer Charlie Francis oversaw the whole thing, including a very important handbell-selection-and-testing session.

photo (16)The aforementioned hand bells.

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L-R; Producer Charlie Francis, Mikey Graveltones, Jimmy Graveltones, session assistant Louis Griffiths and our engineer Liam.

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Wild times with the teapot covers.

 Find all things Gravely-and-toney here; http://www.thegraveltones.com/

We can’t wait for the album boys!

Throw back Thursday… A little look at our history…

 #Throw-back Thursday…

Before it became the beautiful studio graced by swanky beer-drinking musicians, Monnow Valley Studio was once a country club called the Old Mill in the 1960s graced by swanky wine-drinking members.


Check out the wine lists and the private members club bar!


For those of you who still enjoy a spot of country pursuits in-between recording sessions, we own a private stretch of the river that runs alongside the studio. So you can fish, jump in a little dingy or if you’re feeling brave – take a splash.

For more information on our residential rates, catering and all the ‘extra curricular’ offerings at Monnow Valley Studio get in contact or visit our website.



MADE IN MONNOW…‘Rings around the World’ Super Furry Animals



‘Rings around the World’ (2001) Super Furry Animals

Reaching no.3 in the UK Album chart, the record was simultaneously graced with a Mercury Prize Nomination and a crushing review from NME, who called the album the worst the band had produced. Personally, we think it was great, but then again we are biased. They did record it here…


Here they are performing one of the singles, Juxtapozed to U on good old TOTP.


Find the Super Furrys here; www.superfurry.com/

Buy Rings Around The World here; https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rings-around-the-world/id207054203

“Alternate Route to Vulcan Street” – 4:31
“Sidewalk Serfer Girl” – 4:01
“(Drawing) Rings Around the World” – 3:29
“It’s Not the End of the World?” – 3:25
“Receptacle for the Respectable” – 4:32
“[A] Touch Sensitive” – 3:07
“Shoot Doris Day” – 3:38
“Miniature” – 0:40
“No Sympathy” – 6:57
“Juxtapozed with U” – 3:08
“Presidential Suite” – 5:24
“Run! Christian, Run!” – 7:20
“Fragile Happiness” – 2:35
Bonus tracks on Japanese CD release
“Tradewinds” – 5:13
“Happiness Is a Worn Pun” – 3:16
Bonus disc included with American CD release
All songs by Super Furry Animals.
“Tradewinds” – 5:13
“The Roman Road” – 5:18
“Patience” – 4:04
“Happiness Is a Worn Pun” – 3:16
“Gypsy Space Muffin” – 3:29
“Edam Anchorman” – 3:22
“All the Shit U Do” – 2:31



In the studio…. O’casan

In the Studio…



Recording their second album with Monnow Valley regular, rock producer extraordinaire – Romesh Dodangoda – was O’casan, visiting us for a lovely two weeks. The exciting trio are already garnering interest before the album had even been recorded – it looks set to be a good year for them, and we’re glad to have been a part of it!


O’casan cheeky chappies with producer Romesh Dodangoda and their good friend Andrew.

O’casan took some great photos whilst they were with us and made good use of our BBQ too – check them out and find out more about the band here; https://www.facebook.com/OcasanMusic

Here @Ocasantweet 

And here http://www.ocasan.co.uk/