Aaron Kyle's new band Geronimo Getty recently released their debut EP, Darkness Hides.
We were big fans of his last group Le Switch so we'd been really looking forward to it and haven't been disappointed.
We asked him to write a few words about the making or recording of the songs on the EP. You can read his recollections below, all the while streaming several tracks off the release.
My basement is a creepy place. It’s dark, there’s a creepy mannequin and an old steel moving cart down there, the air feels thin and I always feel like someone is around. It’s not comfortable. If you watch the "Darkness Hides" video, you’ll get a sense of what I am talking about as we filmed it down there.
Over the course of four months we tracked everything in the basement. I think it adds a layer to the album. In the past when recording albums with Le Switch, we would track live (3-4 instruments at a time) in a studio somewhere.This process was one at a time. It was backwards and slower but fun to keep on adding instruments and seeing what worked versus what didn’t. We recorded all of the guitars, banjo, mandolin, vox first. The hiccups came when we decided to add drums.
With limited inputs/microphones, my first inclination was to only have two drums (only had two microphones/inputs) on the record but that was scrapped and we called Jim Putnam for some help. Seb Bailey and Brian Soika stepped in, learned the tunes in a couple weeks and recorded the tunes. We did the drums and bass at Jim Putnam’s home studio in Atwater. A month or so later, I asked Morgan Gertsmar to write string arrangements and she ended up recording the parts too. I enlisted Joe Napolitano to record the strings as he has plenty of experience in that department. We recorded those in his living room.
Lastly, I asked Jeff Halbert to mix the record because I thought he’d be able to give it some life. I knew of his work on The Californian record (which sounded amazing), so I figured it’d be a good fit. "Darkness Hides" was kind of flat before I gave it to him and he was able to focus on the important sounds and remove the unnecessary. Artistically, we had the same vision for the record and he really made it shine. I think every song has its own character/color but fits within the fabric of the album. In the end, I don’t think this album could have been made any other way and sound the way it does. It’s amazing what you can do with an Mbox and a microphone these days!
Photo by Jean Claude.
Photo by Jean Claude.