• Studio Day
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  • Room 1
  • console
  • studio night
  • Arty recording
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  • Live room
  • Equipment
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  • studio centre
  • control room
  • behind desk
  • Room 7
  • Snug

Monthly archives: August, 2013

In The Studio…. H A R K

In the Studio…


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The Three Pyramids of H A R K and their added pyramid, Gethin Pearson.
Producer and long-time friend of Monnow, Gethin Pearson, came into the studio for 4 days with H A R K. Ex. Taint frontman Jimbob Isaac is joined by former Whyteleaf rhythm section Nikolai Ribnikov and Simon Bonwick, forming H A R K, a ‘Welsh progressive-power-sludge trio’. Their  debut ‘Mythopoeia’ was released last July, their four days at Monnow laying the foundations for their debut LP.
The boys enjoyed the last of the sunshine before the rain dropped in on us, and also enjoyed a bit of pyramid picture taking (as demonstrated above).
Jimbob even stayed an extra night or two he liked it here so much, but that could have been the temptation of Jo’s cakes…
Come again soon H A R K.

In the Studio… Bloodflower

In the Studio…

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A combination of brilliant hair and musical prowess make up the duo that is Bloodflower. A Monmouth/mid Wales combination of multi-instrumental talents from producer Tom Manning and singer Jonnie Owen. Both have impressive musical CVs already, and their current project – only beginning last September – is already achieving exclusives on Radio 1 and a growing amount of hype and airplay.

Meeting at Monnow where Tom previously engineered and where Jonnie recorded with his band The Last Republic, the pair have created dirty pop perfection with forward thinking production and impressive vocals. This week in the studio saw the pair celebrate Tom’s birthday with a BBQ in the 29 degree heat, take a few splashes in the river, indulge in the odd pub lunch and begin work on a new set of tracks soon to reach our ears.

Find them here @iambloodflower, their new track ‘Horizon’ is out now.

In the Studio….Tenors of Rock

In The Studio….
Tenors of Rock
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Tenors of Rock; Hugh, Jonny, Gareth, Jimmy, Dai, Gaz, just before hitting the stage at The Monmouth Festival
Supporting David Hasselhoff, playing at the Olympic stadium, supporting McFly, playing a sellout tour with Rhydian, releasing a single as part of the Six Nations – these are just some of the achievements by the Tenors of Rock in their relatively short time as a group. It looks set to continue with some incredible things in the pipeline for the boys, beginning with their recording at Monnow, split into two sessions to accommodate a very busy schedule.
The Tenors sing complex arrangements of classic rock songs, each with their own unique voices and strengths, complete with an array of tattoos, great hair, high notes and impeccable styling. With multiple part harmonies and a brilliant stage presence – we expect much more from these boys.
I spoke to the band about what it takes to be a Tenor. The following are their own words.
Entry requirements for being a Tenor of Rock;
  • Must have a minimum of one tattoo*
  • Must like rock
  • Must drink Budwiser whilst recording
  • Must never wear shirts whilst recording
  • Must have a bad sense of smell
  • If your top note is on the stave, you’re out
  • Must have a beard
*Hugh is the exception to the above because he’s special.

We look forward to hearing the finished product!

Find them all here – http://www.tenorsofrock.com

In the Studio…. Karu

In the studio….



A rather blurry Karu L-R, Phil Jackson session assistant, Eliot Shiner, Ben Davis, Lloyd Woodroffe (Elliot Sheen not pictured).

In the first of two sessions Forest of Dean-based band ‘Karu’, laid the foundations for their 5 tracks, even pulling an all-nighter in the process and completing vocals at 6am. It’s lucky their beds were only a few metres away. To shake off the late night effects, lead singer Ben went for a morning dip in the river (it was 12pm the next day and a roasting 28 degrees, but it counts as a morning dip if you went to bed at 6am).

Combining all four of their musical influences – drummer Eliot a successful producer and composer in his own right – their sound encompasses Ben’s impressive voice and their acoustic grit with a far rockier sound than anything they’ve embarked on previously.

Find them @KaruMusicUK and https://www.facebook.com/KaruMusic

In the Studio… The Bourgeoisie

In the Studio…
The Bourgeoisie
L-R; Jake Chown, Ryan McCormick, Kay Newport, producer Tom Manning, Seamus Maguire, engineer Stefan Pringle.
Forest of Dean representing, rock funk blues playing boys, The Bourgeoisiestopped down in Monnow to record and mix their debut release, a four track EP.
‘About Funkin Time’ was made across some of the hottest days we’ve had down at Monnow all summer. However temperatures were kept very cool by the lovely new air conditioning inside.
Our long time friend and up and coming producer Tom Manning was at the production helm, with Stefan Pringle engineering and assisting.
The band consists of Seamus Maguire,  Jake Chown, Kay Newport, Ryan McCormick (also of London band Peckham Cowboys) and Robin Jones. They also had a visitor pop in to record some very sexy harmonica – keep your eyes out for this release.

Find them here; https://www.facebook.com/bourgeoisieofficial?fref=ts

In The Studio…Funkestra

In The Studio…


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Funkestra avec toilet paper and masking tape from L-R; Rupert Christie, Dave Limina, Eran Kendler, Stefan Redtenbacher, Mike Sturges, Rob Taggart,

Three days to complete an entire album may seem ridiculous, but when you combine some of Europe and America’s busiest, most talented, successful and prolific musicians it all seems very easy.
Sitting in the control room listening it sounds like the finished product – and they’re playing live. However, it is album number seven together, so they’re well practiced.
The transatlantic funk/jazz/soul band is the brain child of Stefan Redtenbacher, who’s CV, like everyone in the band, reads like a who’s who in music over the last 20 years, Stefan writes all the tracks too. Without going into too much detail (and we could, the list is huge), Funkestra boast playing credits from Elton to Amy Winehouse to Ceeloo Green to B.B King to well, everyone. We had a live room full of very accomplished legends. Producing and engineering was Rupert Christie, who’s worked with some incredible people himself, and they all enjoyed home cooked food for the three days.
Find Funkestra related info here; www.redtenbachersfunkestra.com/

In The Studio….Future of The Left

In The Studio….

Made In Monnow

Future of The Left

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 We love to have return clients and even more so when they’re as talented and lovely as Future of the Left. The 2012 Welsh Music Prize winners returned to us at the end of June to record their next album with another Monnow Valley regular – producer Charlie Francis. They worked at an incredible rate, completing insane amounts of recording, writing, sampling colourful language from the vocal outtakes and also had time for a bit of a BBQ too. This band especially were all running fiends, legging it round the countryside most mornings or lifting weights in our gym – it’s a hard life.

Let’s combine our ‘In the Studio’ post with a little Made In Monnow throwback. Future of the Left have not only done work here before, but two albums worth of work.2013-06-19 14.33.52

First came the 2007 album –


“The Lord Hates a Coward” – 3:34
“Plague of Onces” – 3:03
“Fingers Become Thumbs!” – 1:50
“Manchasm” – 3:54
“Fuck the Countryside Alliance” – 2:06
“My Gymnastic Past” – 2:30
“Suddenly It’s a Folk Song” – 2:55
“Kept by Bees” – 1:54
“Small Bones Small Bodies” – 2:22
“Wrigley Scott” – 2:06
“Real Men Hunt in Packs” – 3:27
“Team:Seed” – 1:19
“adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood” – 3:09
“The Contrarian” – 3:02

Buy ‘Curses’ here.

They then followed this up with 2009’s ‘Travels with Myself and Another’

“Arming Eritrea” – 2:57
“Chin Music” – 1:56
“The Hope That House Built” – 3:41
“Throwing Bricks at Trains” – 2:36
“I Am Civil Service” – 2:17
“Land of My Formers” – 2:47
“You Need Satan More Than He Needs You” – 2:46
“That Damned Fly” – 2:07
“Stand by Your Manatee” – 2:08
“Yin / Post-Yin” – 2:54
“Drink Nike” – 2:33
“Lapsed Catholics” – 4:15

Buy ‘Travels with Myself and Another’ here.

Check out Future of the Left out on @shit_rock. We love their twitter handle.