Envy on the Coast at Red Bull

Aug 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

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At Red Bull Studios, L-R: Brian Byrne (guitar, vocals), producer/co-engineer Sean Beavan, Sal Bossio (guitar, keys), Ryan Hunter (vocals, guitar, drums), Jeremy Velardi (bass)

At Red Bull Studios, L-R: Brian Byrne (guitar, vocals), producer/co-engineer Sean Beavan, Sal Bossio (guitar, keys), Ryan Hunter (vocals, guitar, drums), Jeremy Velardi (bass)

Envy on the Coast's second album was recorded at Red Bull Studio (Santa Monica, Calif.) with producer Sean Beavan (Marilyn Manson, System of a Down, NIN) co-engineering with studio manager/engineer Eric Stenman. “The band drove their tour van to the studio to record,” Stenman says. “One interesting note is that Ryan Hunter — normally lead vocalist and guitar player — played all of the drums on this record. The band auditioned drummers during their first week in the studio. When none of them clicked, Ryan stepped in.”

Beavan confirms: “We tracked everything live as a band with Ryan Hunter playing drums. He's just a fantastic musician with a real feel for groove. Red Bull has three iso booths, so we had a room for each amp and the band played together in the big room with the drums.

“We were looking for a dirty, sexy Southern sound like Zeppelin meets the Allman Brothers, with a little Hendrix thrown in,” Beavan continues. “Like if Rage came from Alabama. Funk-rock, Southern-fried.”

Stenman says the band recorded using a combination of Red Bull's Neve 1081 and SSL 9000 K Series mic pre's. Immediately following, they got back in their van to fill their support slot on Taking Back Sunday's U.S. tour.






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