On Saturday the 19th Skin of Earth will return to The Fremont to release the 5-track self-titled LP recorded in the very room you will listen to them in. The record, put out by none other than Sump Pump Records, promises to be one of the memorable records of the year. The show will be free, so you should bring proper funds to purchase the Skin of Earth LP.
You can preview the album by listening to their single “Bin Bin Mary Bin Bin.” Skin of Earth will be joined by Fetal Pig and The Wheelers for what will be a loud, furious, and memorable night of music. I had the chance to correspond with Dan Hutchison, who helped record and mix the Skin of Earth LP, about the record.
BRUCE BALES: What was the process of recording and mixing the Skin of Earth album live inside a room like The Fremont?
DAN HUTCHISON: We came in on Sunday, April 19th 2015, the band set up like a live show and Eric Kennedy and I got everything mic’d up, ran it into some preamps & into a mixing board. We used a real nice ribbon microphone of Eric’s to capture the room sound. After about two hours of dialing it in on the mixing board we ran that into 2 tracks of my cassette 4 track recorder hard panned left and right and pressed record. Skin of Earth really had everything well rehearsed and ready to go. Once everything was set up, we recorded the entire LP and the 11-minute bonus track in three hours. We only took two takes of two songs because the tape ran out in the last thirty seconds and because we wanted the panning to match the other tracks. After that it was pretty much mixed too.
BB: How do you feel the recording came alive by recording everything live? Does that best suite the style Skin of Earth brings?
DH: In my opinion it’s really the only way to record a band like Skin of Earth. The way they play off one another is very organic and reactionary and can change from one performance to the next. Also, the sheer volume they play at did not change for recording purposes and is just as important in my opinion. The swells of feedback and the breaking up of sound that comes from playing through speakers that are really pushing their limits is impossible to achieve any other way. The ambience of recording in that room of the Fremont suits what they do better than most.
BB: For someone who has spent a lot of time with the album already, what stands out to you most?
DH: I’d say I’ve listened to the album at least half a dozen times a week since April and what stands out the most to me is how well it all flows together. It keeps growing on you. The dynamics within the songs are very strong. You have these incredibly harsh dissonant moments and then these quieter more melodic moments that come in. It’s a really well thought out record that has a rawness that sounds very true to their live sound, even more so if you play it really f**king loud.