The four members of Girls of Porn—an all-male, acid-punk-experimental band from Albany with no discernable connection to the porn industry—are sitting around the brick-walled lounge of producer Don Fury’s Troy recording studio, showing off the sleeve for their “Party Chicken” 7-inch single, which comes with 3D glasses and necessitated a photo shoot of a live chicken sporting a toddler-sized Hawaiian shirt.
The single was recorded live to two tracks at Fury’s studio, and the band have just finished up another live two-track recording session there, riffing through three sludgy noise-rock tunes for a future vinyl single or cassette in a session that lasts a couple of hours. It’s a more immediate method of recording than the typical multitrack process, wherein multiple instruments are recorded onto individual tracks and mixed together afterward. “I started my studio doing live two-track sessions back in the day, and I’ve always wanted to get back into it,” says Fury, whose legendary recording studio on Spring Street in Manhattan was the fulcrum of the New York City hardcore punk scene in the 1980s with seminal bands like Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Quicksand launching their recording careers there.
Fury moved up to Troy and opened a studio in an old warehouse a little over three years ago, and although he continues to record downstate with national acts—classic New York hardcore band BOLD reunited for a live two-track session there just the night before—his primary focus has been on working with Capital Region bands. “We’ve been making great records,” Fury says. “I’m especially psyched that our local bands are getting signed and touring. Aficionado got signed off the EP they recorded here and then toured the United States and Europe. After the Fall toured Europe and South America, and the Erotics toured the U.K. Public Noise Concern got signed too.”
Multitrack recording is still a mainstay of the studio, but in a time when many are strapped for cash, Fury offers the live two-track recording at a rate ($35 per hour) that most bands can afford. “It’s a great way for bands to get an awesome analog recording in just a few hours,” Fury says. “Bands roll in at around 7 PM and walk out at 10 or 11 PM with a slamming CD in hand.”
Local bands like Life Sentence, Deviant Loners and Damnation Alley of Albany and River Rats of Rock City Falls have taken advantage of the efficient recording method. “The live two-track session is meant to help local bands the most,” Fury says. “The Capital Region has great bands, and getting good recordings makes the local scene better.”
For Girls of Porn, who had a less successful experience several years ago at another studio while recording to multiple tracks, say the more immediate live, two-track recording style suits their unstructured, spontaneous sound well. “It’s the only way we’ll record,” says singer Christian Bulmer of GOP, whose lineup also includes guitarist Mike Robbins, drummer Josh Coletto and bassist Max Wolff. “We’re used to playing all together. It’s an accurate representation of what we’re doing and as close to our live shows as we can get.”
“If you want to hear what’s going on while you’re recording, this is the place,” says Robbins, who first worked with Fury on a multitracked recording by his previous band, I, Wurdalak. “Even if you just want to hear yourselves back and you don’t have the recorder, this is perfect,” Bulmer says. “If you’re not ready to sit down and spend a couple weeks on your record, this is a great deal.”
For more information, visit www.donfury.com.
College Radio Live
The fact that Jane’s Addiction are still filling venues like the Palace Theatre 25 years after their inception is due in no small part to college radio stations like UAlbany’s WCDB, who famously spun that band’s debut Nothing Shocking years before it made it to “mainstream” outlets.
For 34 years, WCDB has remained a taste-maker and trend-setter on the local airwaves, and this weekend they’ll celebrate their anniversary with a two-night music festival at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany), featuring 15 bands with WCDB roots. Tomorrow night (Friday, March 2), Sub Pop band Avi Buffalo will share the stage with Barons in the Attic (who will also be celebrating the release of their new record Turn it Off and Take Out the Battery), the Parlor, Around the World and Back, Slaughterhouse Chorus, If Madrid, and the triumphant reunion of Jed Davis’ Hanslick Rebellion. On Saturday (March 3), it’s Titus Andronicus with Brian Dewan, the Neighborhoods, Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Matthew Carefully, Ramblin Jug Stompers and Secret Release. Throw in alumni spinning tunes between sets, drink specials and free swag. Whew.
Tickets are $25 for the weekend, or $10 for Friday and $17 for Saturday. And if you can’t make it out, at least tune in to their live broadcast at 90.9 FM.
The Right Tenor
Jazz legends Ravi Coltrane and Chick Corea are each performing at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center this spring, but it’s local saxophonist Brian Patneaude who’s pictured in the venue’s season-preview pamphlets. Patneaude’s last couple of albums have begun to earn him the national audience he deserves, and his latest, All Around Us, keeps the momentum going. Featuring pianist David Caldwell-Mason, bassist Mike DelPrete and drummer Danny Whelchel, the album was successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign, was recorded in Albany’s Cotton Hill Studios and will be presented to the public for the first time this Saturday (March 3) at the Massry Center. The show starts at 7:30 PM and tickets are $10.
Speaking of Kickstarter campaigns, local Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili has launched one such to fund an ambitious touring project for her band La Banda Rebelde this fall. A committed social-justice activist, Asili hopes to take the band to 15 select social-justice organizations, community centers and schools around the United States and Europe, offering free performances to these underfunded communities. The project’s target $15,000 would cover transportation and touring expenses. The 30-day campaign ends on March 11, and with 10 days remaining, they’ve still got a ways to go. Pledges of varying amounts will receive CDs, T-shirts, tickets, private music lessons and private performances. Visit reclaimthethunder.com for more info.