Road Trippin’ on US 395

Road Trippin’ on US 395

We just got back from our road trip to Carson City Nevada via US 395, and might we say this is quite possibly the best stretch of highway in the country if you’re interested in breathtaking mountain views, quaint small towns, and some of the best natural hot springs the world has to offer. We left LA at around 8am on a Friday morning with minimal traffic as we took the 14 freeway towards the 395 junction. After a quick breakfast in Mojave, we found our way onto US 395 with mountains, clouds, and desert scenery engulfing the horizon as we made our way into the Owens Valley. The eerie shells of once inhabited structures staggered along the highway set the stage for the vast amount of old west history in front of us, seemingly beckoning travelers to stop, explore, and reminisce about the once flourishing center of mining and agriculture surrounding the now mostly dry Owens Lake bed. As you head north toward Lone Pine, you see the Eastern Sierras to the left and White Mountains to the right, with both mountain ranges seemingly competing for your attention. Although it is mid June, the snow caps on both mountain ranges are in tact and seem to glow like giant LED lights as they reflect the sunlight, far away from the clouds that blanket the roadway as we make our way along the Owens Valley Fault Line. Mount Whitney towers to the left, the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505. Charlie, an avid climber and outdoorsman, has spent a good deal of his life exploring the Sierras. As...

Happy New Year!

Happy New year everyone! As we look toward all the good things coming in 2015, we’d like to take a look back at all the good things 2014 brought us. We were fortunate to finish and release our first EP Fireflies & Gasoline on vinyl, an enormous but totally worthwhile challenge. The satisfaction of producing the music in full analog fashion, and being able to put out a true analog release in a digitally saturated world, is something beyond description.  The fact that many of you bought and enjoy spinning the record is a testament to how awesome our fans are, and we’re thankful for everyone of you! When we had told a few close freinds we would be releasing on vinyl, many embraced the idea. Some thought we were flat out nuts. The jury is still out on the latter. We played many amazing shows, and shared the stage with some amazing bands. Plasticsoul, Ned and The Dirt, Gone by Sunrise, The Mo’Foes, Bandette, Gina Lorenzo, Elizabeth Grace, Milton Manasco, Eli Locke, and the McMains Brothers to name a few.  We had the great priviledge of hosting our Release party at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood to a sold out audience and were blown away from the show of support of family and friends who braved LA traffic on a busy Friday night to come send a new record and five new songs out into the world. Many folks from Illinois actually traveled to Los Angeles for the show, and to you we owe a tremendous amount of thanks for your support. We continued our nearly...

Making an Analog Record

There’s something very artistically rewarding about recording in the analog format. All of us having made numerous recordings in a digital pro-tools environment over the years, it was especially liberating to not have to deal with plugins, cpu overloads, computer crashes, and the musical drag that is latency. The process is perhaps the most liberating of all. Hit the record button and play, and what you capture is what you get. No auto-tuning, no cutting and pasting of tracks. And the sound that comes off the tape is immediately recognizable as, that sound,  many engineers will spend hours trying to achieve via plugins and what not, and still never really approximate. We had our record recorded and mixed by Burt Malcuit at Sanity Sound Studios and his exquisitely maintained Otari MTR 90 MRKII 2″ 24 Track recorder, and mixed to an Otari MTR 10 1/4″ 2 track recorder. Having an extremely talented and musical engineer makes all the difference. Burt has experimented for years with various analog chains, and had a variety of microphones he hand selected to capture our unique live sound. I think it’s also worth noting that recording live was key in bringing our whole band sound together. The tracks we recorded for Fireflies & Gasoline were all first takes, recorded live as an ensemble, and as such was also a live performance for Burt and his analog console. Mixing was also a live performance, as there is no automation available through the 56 Wheatstone 600 analog console used to record as well as mix. Every knob and fader had to be adjusted in real time, by...

SPIN BRIDGE, It’s about the music!

Over the weekend Gentleman Road did an in studio interview with Kevin Poore from SPIN BRIDGE where we got to talk about everything from analog recording and vinyl records, to just how smooth 805 beer is. We were honored to be interviewed by SPIN BRIDGE, who’s mission is to, “capture the voice of the artist, not only in song, but to gain open dialogue about what inspires and drives their creative vision”.  Indeed, we weren’t hit with a barrage of typical interview questions, but rather pulled into a more candid discussion of why we did an all analog project and how, from a creative point of view, the recording process impacts and suits our music. One of the reasons we were so happy Kevin and SPIN BRIDGE took an interest in our humble vinyl release is the sheer passion he has for the vinyl format. Kevin is the director of Long Playing: 33 1/3. 45. 78. Some Revolutions Never Die, a movie about, “The Life, Death and Rebirth of Records” a look at the love of records a format some said was dead. There’s something very cool about being locked in a room full of thousands of vinyl records, playing some tunes among friends, and just seeing everyones face light up at the fact that we’re doing something, and supporting something, that goes to the heart of what we all love about music. Human connection. Surrounded with all of the memories, experiences and connections wrapped up in those cardboard sleeves we call “records” are just more real than some chunk of data downloaded from itunes that tends to pass as music these days. Not to bash the digital...