In the crisp air of late October, we packed up Chris’ mom’s car and embarked on our second installment of the Field Trip series.
This time we took over Big Blue North, a 1920’s church converted into a stunning recording studio, nestled in a wondrous neighborhood of Utica, New York. We filmed sessions, ate tacos, drank Utica Club, got intimate over some podcast talk; but ultimately hung out with some of our favorite (which also happen to be some of the most talented) artists of the East Coast.
We present to you our first session of the series but encourage you to stay tuned for the rest:
by Zeno Pittarelli of Sleep Storm
We were really stoked that the Field Trip was coming up to Utica, New York. We’re very proud of our hometown, and Big Blue North is a big part of what makes Utica so special. I have worked there for 2 years as an assistant engineer and Becca has stopped by a bunch during sessions to take photos for bands.
That said, we were super excited to play, but also in work mode. Becca was taking photos throughout the day and I helped Jeff Aderman (owner/engineer) mic up each band. The vibe that weekend was great; everyone was working together and enjoying each other’s company. It seemed like all had a good time, which meant a lot to us.
“In Love Without Love” is one of the only tracks we’ve written together. Usually Becca brings finished songs and I will produce around the initial demo. The first version of this song was in a much slower, 6/8 feel. I suggested we try it in 4/4, restructured the chorus and added a bridge. We think it worked out ok! We have a lot of fun playing this song live – although I usually play a full drum kit. For this session we tried to spice things up, ditching the kit and grabbing some drum pads and keyboards.