Studio Diary

Vocals: pt 2

Vocals: pt 2

After a good week of mixing, it was time to get some more vocals tracked. I had 4/5 songs ready for vocals, so I headed down to the studio nice and early to get as much down as possible. On the way, I stopped for food and coffee supplies to keep me going through the day. Once I had everyt...Read More
Vocals and Mixing pt 1.

Vocals and Mixing pt 1.

Usually, we would record all the music, then record all the vocals, then begin mixing. When's there's 20-30 tracks to record, it's a lot to do. This time, to break it up, we're doing vocals to a just a few songs, then mixing and finishing the song off, before starting vocals on the next batch. ...Read More
Vocals - March 2021

Vocals - March 2021

We had already recorded some bits of vocals to a few of the older ideas some time ago, however there's still around 35 tracks that need vocals recorded! Last week I had a chance to record a couple of tracks at home, as well as get a session down at Bleeding Ear studios to really blast some out a...Read More
42 songs - Guitars mostly done!

42 songs - Guitars mostly done!

We began tracking guitars back in December and have been working our way through the full list of 42 tracks. I have now recorded guitars to every track, leaving 14 left for Lee to slam some bass on. Over the next week or two, I'll be listening back to each track to make sure nothing has been...Read More
The making of CYCLOPS

The making of CYCLOPS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUXCm1wFbpQ STREAM: https://ditto.fm/cyclops-highlow VINYL/CD/DL: https://wearehighlow.bandcamp.com/album/cyclops VINYL/CD: http://instereorecords.co.uk/bands/highlow HIGH/LOW take us behind the scenes of recording 36 tracks in Lockdown, in the making their ...Read More
Back to recording Guitars!

Back to recording Guitars!

At the end of last month we took some time off to record the Acoustic Cyclops sessions, so this week it was time to catch up and track some more guitars. We have 42 songs to record, and we're well over half way, with the last 10-12 to go before we can start vocals. The week, I worked on 3 ne...Read More
Guitars: Day 8

Guitars: Day 8

Today's track has a sort of lofi-Lemonheads feel to it, so I wanted to try a few things with the guitar sounds. The solo was recorded thorough a tiny practice amp which sat perfectly in-between the layers of acoustic and electrics already added. I used my Supersonic which is tuned to Nashvill...Read More
Guitars : 6 & 7

Guitars : 6 & 7

It feels like we've been in lockdown forever. It's been almost a year since anything has been normal. Luckily, we have plenty of songs to record to keep us busy! SAXOPHONE PENICILLIN. Yesterday I ripped through a fast punky number, getting some great crunchy guitar sounds with the Jazzmast...Read More
Bass Fuzz : Day 1

Bass Fuzz : Day 1

Steve sent over the tracks that he had been working on. He had already slammed down some guitars to 4 of them and they sounded huge! He sent me the STEMS of the drums, guitars, Vocals and a guide bass (the original bass idea that Steve laid down when demoing). I quickly got to work on a track ca...Read More
Guitars : Day 5

Guitars : Day 5

Time to get lost in fuzz once more. The coffee is brewing as I listen to the demo version a couple of times to get my head in the zone. This one's gotta be chunky. It's going to take a few layers to thicken up, but that's fine with me. The Big Muff and Strat comes into action for the dark and...Read More
Guitars : Day 4

Guitars : Day 4

Today's track is a lo-fi acoustic kinda chilled thing, that has been in my collection of instrumental demos for a while, until recently when I wrote the vocals and it all came together. My main acoustic is a Framus, which I've had since about 95. I got it from a pawn shop in California when I wa...Read More
Guitars : Day 3

Guitars : Day 3

It's freezing today. I couldn't sleep last night, my head was full of ideas for today, so I over slept this morning. One large coffee later, and I'm set up ready. First off, I listen to the demo and make some notes, then get started on some skeleton tracks to 'None more Electric'. 2 hours lat...Read More
Guitars : Day 2

Guitars : Day 2

Yesterday went so smoothly, hopefully today will be the same. Today's song has the working title 'Eggs are Normal', and is a proper fast paced beast. I quickly laid down a rough skeleton track, then started fleshing out parts. First doubling up the intro and heavy riffs with the Russian B...Read More
Recording Guitars: Part 1

Recording Guitars: Part 1

We only released Cyclops 01st Jan, but we're already tracking guitars to album no.5 I got an nice early morning start, and began setting up and getting the sounds all together, so I could just blast through the track. The song for today is 'Near my beard'. The main sounds used for this was...Read More
Drums - Session 2

Drums - Session 2

All of a sudden I had another 18 demos recorded. I sent them out to Lee and Sam, and they loved them. We booked the studio once lockdown lifted start of December, hoping to get a day in to record 8/9 tracks. Within 4 hours, Sam had blasted out takes for all 18! The man is a machine. He's neve...Read More
Drum tracking - Session 1

Drum tracking - Session 1

While everything in the world is going mental, and we've barely seen each other this year, we still managed to squeeze in a quick drum recording session. Sam was given 9 tracks to work on, he learnt them perfectly as all 9 was tracked in around 2 hours! I think half of these tracks will be pu...Read More
The making of Down The Wave (Video)

The making of Down The Wave (Video)

https://youtu.be/ePq608tn2UU Behind the scenes and studio footage of HIGH/LOW recording their 3rd full length album 'Down the Wave'. ...Read More
Guitar City - 6th June.

Guitar City - 6th June.

After a month away from recording and playing it was nice to get in the studio and get creative. We're getting close to the finish line. We have 4 tracks left to do main guitars on and just a little bit of bass and vocals to go. Tonight, we worked on (working titles):-Crunched-Lips-Wana see y...Read More
Studio update - 5 June.

Studio update - 5 June.

We spent most of May listening through all the recorded tracks so far, (Almost 30 songs!) we made some notes and then mixed half the songs. At the end of May, we released our first single from the album, titled 'Hide in the shade', along with two b-sides and my original demo version of 'Beast o...Read More
Studio Update

Studio Update

For the past few weeks we've been working hard to make up for the few set backs we've had, but now we are flying through the list of 50 odd songs and getting back up to date. After a few weeks tracking drums, bass, guitars and vocals, it was time for a mixing session. Everything is sounding how it...Read More