Jarada – S/T LP

Can’t be too neutral on this one. Jarada is one of my favourite active hardcore punk bands in Israel at the moment. Their productivity is pretty impressive: they started playing just this summer and their first LP is already out. The recording and mixing were done by my friend and colleague Ziv Arbel at our new studio, Beit Alfa.
As it is quite clear from the first listen, this record’s main vision was raw, lo fi, and crispy anger. For this purpose I mastered this on our beloved Reel-to-Reel  TASCAM 1/4inch tape. Input level was purposely pushed to the limit to obtain round and smooth compression combined with high frequency drive (audible mainly on the cymbals). Back in the box I added some necessary equalisation, compression and further saturation with the ultimate distortion plug-in Decapitator (pretty of a must in every mix I make. I once even added it on claps).

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Ostra Torn – Redeemer LP

This LP belongs to a small series of records I’ve done in the short lived space called Minus Two. The place was not very suited for proper recording, but in a fair punk spirit, we did the best with what we had.
Ostra Torn is a Haifa-based trio expanding its musical realm somewhere between dark hardcore and sludgy crust. These guys came pretty prepared to the sessions, having a very clear vision about this record and their sound. So as I prefer doing in these cases, I did the best trying to transform their idea into a waveform without my personal tastes getting on the way. Instruments were recorded live, with and additional guitar layer on top of it. Vocals tracks came the moment we were done with instruments. Heavy and low drums with shiny cymbals, gritty bass, dark guitars, and a precise vocal reverb were the keys to attain the dark tone we were looking for. For these guys, I wish Redeemer to be only the beginning.

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Die Kvar – EP

As summer knocks on the door, winter’s many studio hours begin to see the light and hit the wax (or just the web as in this case).

This is the first of many recordings made at the Minus Two, the small and bastard son of our very own historic venue/rehearsal/recording studio Koro.
As you might guess by the name or hear by the tunes, the space is much smaller and less acoustic (just can’t beat the wood!) than the former, but still well suited for making loud records. Size and poor acoustics is not necessarily a bad thing. When your ultimate goal is to distort them damn cymbals, that crispy slap-back you get from drywalls at 3-4kHZ can be a bliss.

Back to us, power-violence and grindcore are my home base, and few things can excite me more than making a loud, fast, dirty and violent record. And this is exactly what Die Kvar delivers. Furious Haifa quintet with members from Barren Hope, Sweatshop Boys and other various noize projects that I can’t keep track of.

The main sonic goal of this EP was to get the feeling  you are getting run over by broken tractor, as another one hits you again just before you are able to stand up again.
To achieve something like that, the instruments were recorded rigorously live, as to catch the band’s vibe as a unit. Massive bleeds didn’t scare me here. The exceptions were an addition of a second guitar layer to space it up a little bit and a bass re-amp to catch some of its pedal tone. Room microphones are a fundamental in this EP, since they give a similar tone and colour to all of the instruments. They are blent in some exciters and overdrives to crisp the high-mids of the general sound. I even tried to re-amp the drums mixdown into a distorted bass amp to get that colour, before I realised I already had it all in the source.
That’s it.
Oh, if you’re a label please get this on a piece of plastic. It deserves it.

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Sweatshop Boys – Demo

Not many engineers would go proud about such lo-fi recording. But I truly believe the dirt compliments those great poppy tunes.
I can’t really call this recording my own. What happened is that I left the microphones on during the band’s rehearsal and came back to pick up the gear few hours later. After a quick listen, I had no doubt it is worth giving it a mix, and taking in consideration the recording wuality , that it was going to be a dirty one. So the 13 recorded songs were kept as a demo as only 2 were released. Hopefully the Sweatshop  Boys are soon to hit the studio and give these songs a cleaner and finer touch. But for time being – Enjoy the basement vibes!

MooM – Second EP

Second recording for my very own  hardcore punk beast. This is one of the last recordings ever done at the Koro. Same drill as the first EP: multi-channel miking on a live recording, live mixed on a Mackie 32-8 desk right into a stereo input to the computer. So again, no post-recording mix, what you record is what you get. Only thing we added later were vocal. And dirt, lots of dirt.

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Almonim Metim – EP

Last recording ever in the Koro and first recording ever for killer hardcore punk act Almonim Metim. At first, this was meant to be a quick demo as I didn’t even set up a control room for this. What I did is I retroactively monitored the recording on my headphones while being in the same room with the playing band. The result turned out better than expected and soon to get a physical release.

PS This is one of my favourites israeli acts at the moment.

released October 22, 2015
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Parve – Stabilité Économique

As this Jerusalem-based duo defines itself, Parve is a jewcy blend of sludge, noise, stoner, drone, improv, shamanism and fear of technology inspired by the cat moog. This EP, soon on vinyl, was one of my last recordings at the Koro. This is also my very first attempt to mix the vocals live on tape with the rest of the tracks. So everything you hear is played live and mixed live with no overdubs.

released august 28 2015


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Dangers – Koro live session

Dangers are a hardcore band from Los Angeles, CA. In August they came to Israel for a short tour organised by some Koro members. On top of that, someone had the crazy Idea to shoot them a live session in the club itself on a very hot friday morning. As member of the Koro I took part of the sound part: multi-miking mixed on desk into a single stereophonic soundcard . So once again, no post recording mix baby. What you see is what you hear and vice-versa.

 

 

The Turbans – Music For Weddings EP

Garage vibes from Jerusalem. What stroke me is that these guys’ definition of lo-fi was even lower than mine. Two guitars, no bass, occasional keys and a good seventies feeling to it. This was recorded in the Koro on the almighty Tascam 2track reel-to-reel  tape. So again, live mix and no mistakes. Vocals were the only overdub and the master was made digitally.

Released digitally on August 30 2015
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