Studio Diary

Studio Build Diary Update

We’ve been seeing some drastic and rapid change in the new Home Brewed Studio build. Set for a 2018 opening, the new studio space will focus around a predominantly brick live room. Concrete floors, with full sonic treatment throughout. Fully sealed, air conditioned, and finished and furnished for a comfortable, practical and above all productive mix room and live room.

All of the comforts and homeliness of the current studio setting will be brought into the new space combining with a total and complete upgrade of workspace environment.

Our old double brick garage with a ‘tool room’ is all but unrecognizable. This includes an entirely new roof, sound treated, clad and capped. Air conditioning and totally silent venting system, total re-wiring for patching, power and lights. Re-dug and re-designed drainage also allows for the back section of the studio to remain underground (which was a great feature of the existing building).

New large and extremely thick windows installed in tracking room and doors are in. Allowing more light into the space and a great view of the bush.

The space is taking shape and we are now at the point of plastering, painting, and finishing elements of the sound treatment / panel absorbers etc.

We’ve been bringing instruments into the space at different points to hear how the room is responding and we are already amazed at the colours we are getting. We cannot wait to get a band in here!

H.B.

Pigs of the Roman Empire

“Moody, rich and dark. Pigs of the Roman Empire croon songs of love and hate in the sparse Post-Punk atmosphere of Melbourne.”

Pigs of the Roman Empire recorded and released 2 singles here at Home Brewed which showcase the brooding, atmospheric songmanship of the band. Johnny The Boy and Hitchcock are both available below and from the bands bandcamp page.

Dr. Colossus – The Dank LP

Throughout the latter part of April and into early May, we undertook Dr. Colossus’ first full length record ‘The Dank’.

Bed tracks were done live, with guitar and bass amps removed into separate rooms, so the band could play together and find their groove. By far the most time we’ve spent on a Dr. Colossus recording. Previous recordings were always very spur of the moment and ‘throw and go’ type approach which also gave a spontaneity to the finished product but sometimes lacked the full potential of the band.

Now with a third member on bass and a full sounding band, we had 2 full days to capture drums and roughly 5 days beyond that of re-tracking any additional guitars and vocals.

This record really took advantage of the rooms of the studio, utilizing space in the sound of the drum kit, and extra percussive ideas which also relied heavily on spacial qualities of the place.

The album was mixed in-house here at Home Brewed and mastered by Paul Fox at Indie Masters. Paul made the effort to come out to the studios which was appreciated – seeing for himself our studio which has been consistently using Paul’s expertise for mastering.

In total, 8 tracks make up the 40 minute album which is out now through the band’s own label Death Mountain.

Check out Holy Driver here:

See some of the making of footage below