Burn Baby Burn with Tim Wheeler and Emmy the Great

•April 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

can you believe BBC6 music has been around for 10 years? well its true and as a birthday present to them, Tim Wheeler and Emmy the Great came round to record a special ‘happy birthday’ version of the tune for their show.

Emmy hard at work while Tim makes elephant noises

Emmy hard at work while Tim makes elephant noises

i remember in ’96 when Dan and I first got MD players, 1977 by ASH was the first album we ‘burned’ from CD, the second was Wu-Tang’s 36 Chamber. which was recorded at the studio Tim now runs in New York. yes.

Tim on the Dave Smith Evolver

Tim on the Dave Smith Evolver

Geek and Gear Attack : we only had 3 or 4 hours to complete the tune, but we were fulled on sushi and Tim knew the parts pretty well already.¬†the begin of the tune is Dan Schreiber talking to Siri. the drums came off of the Tenori-On. the synth parts were all recorded with a Dave Smith Evolver, Tim played a Martin acoustic, and for the solo a 70s Fender Music Man, through a Analog Man SunLion into a Vermona Retro-verb completely overloading the UAD 2-610 ūüėÄ we also used a bunch of zip and zap sounds from the trusty toy ray gun. the track was mixed here by me and mastered by Max Klein

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Sweet Toof @ House of Strange

•March 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

its been so busy here at the studio since christmas i havent mentioned a thing on here. i’ll try and catch up over the next couple of weeks but check out this new piece of paint on the wall in the studio.

Sweet Toof has been a part of my london since i moved here in 2003, its such an honour to have his trade mark pink in the studio! and what a location.

Sweet Toof

Sweet Toof

…. who couldn’t do with more skulls ūüėÄ

 

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Emperor Yes is here

•December 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

so after a year of work there is now a band called Emperor Yes. it consists of Adam Betts, Hugo Sheppard and me. we play live music.

logo by Low Bros

logo by Low Bros

this couldn’t have happened with out alot of help from some super people and the tracks have Jeremy Warmsley from Summer Camp and all the members of the Three Trapped Tigers all over them. the flute is played by the wonderful Jacqui Ellul (who played the flute on Noah and the Whale’s 5 Years Time),¬†Dan Schreiber the creator of Museum of Curiosity¬†and Grundy La Zimbra from The Woe Betides sing on most of the tunes.

its been a long road to get here, dropping house of strange band took a while to get used to, and writing a bunch of new songs after song long was a challenge. but i have tick alot of the original boxes that i was aiming for. no computers, songs with choruses, songs that were easier to digest structurally, lots of vocoders, and to bring back the guitar.

all the songs were recorded here at the House of Strange Studios by me, and mixed by me and the maxximum Max Klein. ill do a post to geek out on the recording process in the new year for those who are interested.

the logo was done by the Low Bros who are two brothers from Berlin. their work is always amazing, go check them out.

listen to Emperor Yes here if the soundcloud player below isnt showing up

Each is a Mirror by Hugo Sheppard

•December 9, 2011 • 1 Comment

Hugo Sheppard’s new song Each is a Mirror can be heard now!

Hugo Sheppard

Hugo Sheppard

*click on the i to go to his bandcamp page

LUCAS paints a wall in the studio

•November 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

we just had LUCAS, a wonderfully wonderful lad from Belfast down to the studio to color up another wall. his paint is all over the east end of london, and he has an exhibition on at Tony’s¬†with¬†Malarky, Mr Penfold, and Billy open¬†until the 18th of Dec.

LUCAS @ House of Strange Studios

LUCAS @ House of Strange Studios

heres a quick time lapse of the painting, music by house of strange

Bloody Beetroots – Church of Noise

•November 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So recently, the Bloody Beetroots had filmed a new music video here in London at Pinewood studios for their song ‘Church of Noise’. I (Max Klein) was cast as an extra for the video, see how many times you can spot me throughout the video! Whoever can find all my shots wins!

Was a fun day, lots of cool people around and was actually great to see Dennis Lyxzén after over 10 years! (Dennis is the lead singer from an old hardcore group named Refused and was collaborating with the Beetroots for this track). Last time I saw Dennis was in Hong Kong when I opened for his old band back in 1999.

House of Strange stickers found in Europe

•November 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

i’ve just been in Europe with Three Trapped Tigers and stuck as many of these around as possible. its good to see someone has seen them.

house of strange in the hague

house of strange in the hague

this photo comes from the flickr page of The Hauge’s famous street art photographer¬†Akbar Simonse¬†: D

 
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