November 29, 2009
The Beatles meets The Ramones: a dirty vintage sound complimented by cadenced arcs (and without the self-conscious grind of intentional rawness), Young Rival has found a way to make good old rock n’ roll their own.
“The [current] recording method…is destroying music,” said drummer Noah Fralick. “It’s leading to heavily processed records that have no character, no vibe. I think that some of the best records probably have little mistakes and inconsistencies because those bands chose the takes that feel right, not necessarily the ones that were technically the best.”
Instead, the band sought a fresh, hot-off-the-floor feel for their album with intentions of capturing “the feel of a live album but with studio quality,” said bassist John Smith.
At no moment does the recording sound unrefined. Rather, Young Rival’s performance on their EP is so crisp any additional production would be noticeably excessive.
Still, when it comes to other artists utilizing the popular production styles, Fralick is understanding. “I wouldn’t want to be some pompous asshole. Those methods can work really well for a lot of genres, but for us as a band what we value is musicianship and trying as best we can to be real deal. If you can’t create something on a stage you shouldn’t go into a studio and manipulate what you are as a band. We know what we are and we want to represent that as best we can.”
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