By Tori McKelvey
One, two, three artists meld into one creating an atmosphere in the studio containing only their melodies.
I walk into the Truphonic Recording studio and to my left is a hall of records painting the wall. To my right, there are two rooms that primarily grab my attention: the studio and the control room. The studio is scattered with a drum set, guitars and microphones on stands, and wires snaking across the floor. Rectangle wood-framed carpet lines the walls for sound absorption.
The wall closest to the door is decorated with a large piece of glass with views of the next room — that being the control room. Upon walking into the control room and turning my head left, the other side of the glass shows the same. Front and center to the glass is the soundboard, a slanted desk with hundreds of buttons and knobs to alter the music. Behind the soundboard, the sound engineer sits in his spinning chair ready to record music for Mo Lowda & The Humble. Directly behind the sound engineer sits an island topped with a marble slab and more electronic systems covered in buttons, dials, and knobs below.
The last additions to the room are a small couch in the very back with two Himalayan salt lamps hugging each arm of the couch.
Chats and side conversations in the control room. Toes tapping. Heads swaying. Eyes locked on the artists in the studio. The band dictates the musical energy in the studio with their indie-rock vibes. One, two, three artists meld into one creating an atmosphere in the studio containing only their melodies. Only sounds of passion about the words they sing. Anyone can hear the desire for perfection in their voices, while letting the hard work show for itself.
All of this music new to my ears... I sit in awe hearing the rawness in their sound, voices and words.
Between songs, light comical quips shoot from each corner of the studio. Not to add cheese to the topic, but the bond between the bandmates is lively and genuine. Friends, media outlets and colleagues supporting the recording session.
While the listeners’ ears may not pick up mistakes in the recording, the artists do. Songs are being recorded multiple times to reach perfection. All of this music new to my ears... I sit in awe hearing the rawness in their sound, voices and words. The music feels like sunny, summer, rock vibes rollercoasting in my ears with a trickle of rasp in the sound waves. It reminds me of a song I would listen to while riding to the beach, windows down, fresh air and friends holding onto a cooler full of beer in the backseat.
I cannot wait to hear jivey Mo Lowda & The Humble’s new album, "Ready Coat," when it drops in March!
Did you catch their show Saturday night at Charleston Pour House? Following that performance plus time spent in the local studio as part of their Record Stop Sessions, the band heads out to hit the remaining stops on their new album release tour.