So, we’ve been working on this for a while now. Here’s the result of several months of recording and mixing. This is still closer to being a demo than it is an EP or something. It still has flaws, but overall, I’m pretty happy with it.
The band’s name is Nag Hammadi (which for you history buffs is a reference to the town in Egypt where a lot of lost Gnostic manuscripts were found).
The most apt description of our stuff is “Middle Eastern space rock.” The lead guitar/bouzouki/other stuff player comes from a Greek family, and has been into Middle Eastern music for a long time. That’s pretty much where that influence comes from.
Otherwise, we’re all huge Sonic Youth, Siouxsie and the Banshees, My Bloody Valentine, etc. fans. We all grew up with punk rock and noise bands. But while you can hear all that in there, I think we’ve succeeded in being fairly original.
Anyway, take a listen to it and let me know what you think.
“Shamille” is a pretty straight Middle Eastern song, but with some fuzzed out bass. The rest get into more rock territory with ME influences.
Technical stuff (cuz I know y’all want it):
We recorded this with a bunch of layers. The bouzouki parts were done with electric and acoustic bouzoukis that were built by the guitarist on Fender Katana bodies. They were mostly recorded through a 1950’s tweed Champ, with the occasional appearance by a very old Epiphone Galaxie (not one of the new reissues).
The guitars we used were a Danelectro, a 1968 SG, a Fender Katana (he’s got a thing about them), and a 1970’s strat.
The electric guitars were recorded mainly through my silverface Bassman 10, with various Sitori Sonics effects (which the guitarist also makes). The main OD sounds were via a Sitori Sonics Brownies and Cream. GREAT pedal. Great amp.
My bass is a G&L L-2000 recorded through a Samamp preamp/DI. I use a Traynor/Ampeg halfstack live, but this was much easier for studio use, and it turned out well.