• Studio Day
  • Room 5
  • Room 10
  • Room 1
  • console
  • studio night
  • Arty recording
  • Arty recording
  • Live room
  • Equipment
  • studio live room
  • studio centre
  • control room
  • behind desk
  • Room 7
  • Snug

Monthly archives: September, 2014

In The Studio… The Framed

In The Studio… The Framed


Jamie Reid . Gareth Burr . Steve Ross . Glynn McGregor

The Framed, a 4 piece from Aberdeenshire Scotland. Influenced by bands like The Clash, Squeeze & The Buzzcocks. They produce lairy, upbeat, indie rock music with a great big dash of punk thrown into the mix.

The group formed back in 2007 due to a distinct love of all things musical and an inherent desire to get out of the mundane life of 9 to 5 working. They’ve gone through about 18 different line ups before arriving at their current line up states drummer Glynn. The bands enthusiasm and dedication for making music began to show quickly with the demos of their first tracks being recorded by themselves in a small purpose built home studio.

They booked studio time with us down here at Monnow Valley a whole 2 years ago, but due to unforeseen circumstances they weren’t able to make it down to record with us that year. However one afternoon just before Christmas 2013 we received a phone call, they were coming down with Producer Paul Tipler to track their 6 track debut EP.

They turned up to the studio and began filling every nook and cranny of the live room with guitars, about 18 of the things altogether! They then started filling the fridges in a similar attitude with the £95 worth of butchers meat that had travelled down with them in their van from Scotland.

Along with all that they managed to squeeze some supreme banter in with it all, the control room air was forever being filled with laughter following some gag at the expense of one of the members of the band…or Paul.

More info – https://www.facebook.com/theframedmusic

Bookings – theframed@outlook.com

In The Studio… Sunset Sons

In The Studio… Sunset Sons

In mid July, Sunset Sons arrived at Monnow Valley Studio to record an EP along with producer James Lewis. Sunset Sons are a British-Australian quartet who have served up quite a storm after their self released debut Le Surfing EP in February reached number 6 in the I-Tunes chart. They’ve been dubbed Zane Lowe’s ‘next hype’ to radio one listeners and have also been included in Fearne Cotton’s playlist on the same radio station. Often compared to the likes of Kings Of Leon, the raw sound was easily captured here at Monnow Valley before being transferred to the legendary Mike Crossey to be mixed. The guys made the most of the Welsh summer with full catering provided. Bbqs aplenty and many a dip in the river. They also made the most of the local beer gardens and generally soaked up the local atmosphere in Monmouth.

Since their self released EP, Sunset Sons are now being backed by Polydor. Their new EP is sure to exceed all expectations. This summer they played many festivals including The Great Escape and the BBC introducing stage at Reading and Leeds. Keep an ear out for these guys, sure to completely dominate in the near future!









In The Studio…The Jar Family

In The Studio…The Jar Family

Towards the end of July, we were joined here at Monnow Valley by the very lovely Jar Family. Hailing from Hartlepool in the North East of England, the ‘inventor’s of industrial folk. The Jar Family consist of six songwriters and musicians that, rather than strive for success in isolation, decided to join forces to pool their talent.

This week wasn’t filled with your stereotypical rock n roll antics.. these guys were up at the crack of dawn each morning making the most of the 27 degree heat we were lucky enough to see here in Wales that week, jumping in the river, making use of our gym, going for long countryside walks and all this before breakfast!

Joined by producer Rupert Christie, The Jar Family were here recording the first half of their highly anticipated third studio album. They will be back later this year to record the second half, touring the UK in the meantime, including many festivals.

Expect great things from this album, a truly unique sound combining traditional folk with a twist of their individual personalities, one not to be missed!

Overall, a highly enjoyable time had by all at Monnow Valley, with the whole studio family getting involved with the hand claps and foot stomps! Check out The Jar Family at a venue near you soon, you will not be disappointed!