Before recording The Sound, we vetted dozens of potential studios in New York and Connecticut in order to find the perfect combination of cost and quality. Our search eventually brought us to GaluminumFoil, a few blocks off the JMZ in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We were immediately impressed by the spacious wood-paneled Live Room, generously ‘decorated’ with vintage instruments and equipment.
We poked around and eventually ended up in the Control Room to talk about our project with Jeff Berner, our prospective engineer. We quickly discovered our mutual admiration for the work of producers like Brendan O’Brien, Rick Rubin, and a handful of others. Artistically and personally we were a great fit. Next we listened to a few audio samples, paying close attention to the drums. Achieving a great drum sound is one of the most difficult aspects of the recording process, but their dedicated overhead mic setup and spacious live room allowed everything to sound big and clear.
I can’t remember if we closed the deal then and there, but I do recall leaving the studio and being extremely fired-up to get to work. Six months and a few goofy videos later, we had a recording that we were proud to call our own. In 2009 we returned to Galuminum to record a single called “The Man You Made” where Jeff played a more collaborative roll in the process, acting as our producer. The result: Awesome. Listen for yourself:
If you’re looking for a place to record in New York City, you should definitely give these guys a hard look. They are extremely talented and always a blast to work with. As a band, we are always looking forward to our next project together.