In addition to all the incredible concert videos we captured at the Baeble Bounce House in Austin
, we also recently spent a downright delightful afternoon at a recording studio during SXSW this year. These were decidedly more private encounters than the ones that played out in front of hundreds of fans at Empire Control Room and Garage. Just a couple folks from Baeble, our Awesome Austin-based production crew, EAR Studio's amazing producer/engineer James Stevens, and the sounds of Ron Pope
, Penny and Sparrow
, and Caveman
Over the course of the day, each band brought their own unique style and sound to the studio. Ron Pope came alone, warming us up with an acoustic guitar and the fun and fuzzy keys of a Wurlitzer for his caffeine-powered, eye-opener of a session. FUN FACT: 10AM SXSW time is like 5AM anywhere else. Penny and Sparrow, who up until recently called Austin home, made us weep to the sound of their delicate, yet emotionally wrapped two-part harmonies. It's OK though...between takes we discovered they were two of the funniest people we have ever met. London duo Honne got us moving (at the much more reasonable hour of 2PM) to the sultry, electronic grooves they're sure to take over the globe with. Joseph a sisterly trio from Portland OR rolled in 6 band members strong, providing the first production challenge for our video crew, while absolutely wowing us with their familial harmonies and vast, dramatic soundscapes. Finally, Brooklyn's own Caveman took it all home with head-nodding, high-powered previews from their forthcoming (and now highly-anticipated) album, Otero War
It was an amazing day of sessions and we hope to have the audio/visual treats for you soon. Until then, have a look at some photos our man Henry Linser snapped at the studio.
Penny and Sparrow