Newest PIT signees SPEAK have been hard at work in and out of the studio with producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith. For this session, Frenchie took a different approach to the typical recording process by individually tracking elements in the comfort of their own homes before hitting The Bubble studios for mixing. With the help of a vintage Neumann U67 microphone, Frenchie and front man Troupe Gammage recorded lead vocals in a living room. (The U67 captured some of the most magnetic performances in rock from Robert Plant and John Lennon in the 60’s.) Bass and guitars were recorded in a similar fashion before getting special treatment at The Bubble along with drum tracking. With a combination of pre-recorded and new keyboard features digitally transferred from Troupe’s house, SPEAK currently is hammering out final mixes at the studio. Frenchie remarks that it “was a tremendous vibe tricking the listener [into thinking] we were in a recording studio but we were in my living room. Beatles-era components with laptop electronic jams made the perfect blend of electronic music and classic rock”
Having recorded four tracks with Frenchie as a three piece, the band ups the ante with addition of bassist Joey Delahoussaye, a classical guitar masters student at the University of Texas. Already indoctrinated into SPEAK’s live environment, Joey says his first session brought out “more attitude. I had no idea what to expect, but the album rocks a lot harder than anything we’ve done before.” Check out SPEAK songs on their artist page, and check back in for new release updates, tour dates, and relevant ramblings.
photo: Troupe Gammage with the mobile gear at Frenchie’s house