If youâre needing a new place to get the best out of your recordings, Jay Watson recommends you try recording vocals in the toilet.
Thatâs exactly what he and his Pond bandmates did when they put together their soon-to-be-released new record Beard Wives Denim at a friendâs farmhouse in rural Western Australia.
The place was so small that the toilet had to be transformed into the vocal booth â and the childrenâs bedroom became the band room.
And according to Watson, both of them served their purpose and delivered some pleasing results.
âBathrooms sound like an old sound recording studio â thereâs no flatback echo,â he said. âIf you want to get cool, reverberated sounds go for the bathroom or the toilet, and put a mic in the toilet bowl.â
âNext time youâre in a bathroom, sing Elvisâ Blue Suede Shoes and youâll see what I mean.â
Watson insists that laying down vocals for the record wasnât a smelly experience either â because as far as he can recall, most of the band did their business elsewhere.
âMost people did their Number 2âs in the townhouseâŚ I donât remember too much to be honest, we were only there for a week and it was in 2010.â
Yep, Beard Wives Denim was recorded around two years ago â with Watson claiming âsilly thingsâ has resulted in the long gap between downing tools in the townhouse and releasing the album.
However, it has also earned them a record which the band is somewhat proud to have.
âI read somewhere the longest time it took The Beatles from recording their final note to the album hitting the shelves was two months,â he said.
âIt took us a year and a half, so we flogged them there.â
Watson describes Beards Wives Denim as Pondâs most mature-sounding record yet â with plenty of classic rock homages in there.
âOur earlier stuff was pretty sillyâŚ we just wanted to make crazy fucked up lo fi noise,â he said.
âThen we started to write pop songs with the last album; now this is more classic rock nâ roll stuff.â
Itâs also an album which Watson is proud of because they were able to knock it out almost as quickly as an Australian Idol winner â without skimping on the quality.
âWe did 12 songs in a week and it was super-intense cause most bands take years to do their albums,â he said.
âIt was like from 10 in the morning to 4 in the morning every day â and it created so many strange and blissful things in our state of mind.â
âWe were pretty frazzled by the end of it, but we came out with an album at the end. A week’s worth of frazzle is worth an album.â
Beard Wives Denim is out Friday, March 2 through Modular. Pond are planning to tour the record around Australia in April. Â You can download their new single Moth Wings by clicking on the widget below.
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