It was a pleasure to have mixed the new album for Derry based "John Deery And The Heads" which has just been released. Tracking for the album entitled "Nothing Permanent Lasts" took place at the Blast Furnace studio in Derry earlier in 2017, mainly by the band and Mik O'Connell, although I was also involved in the actual drum recording, working with their drummer Stephen Sheridan on the required drum sounds for each track and also assisting on the engineering side to try and capture the drum sound that the band had in their heads.
Thankfully it worked a treat and we got some incredibly organic and rich sounds that they were very happy with.
The album itself is full of wonderful songs, with the lyrics the focal point of the work although that;s not to do any disservice to the musicianship which is also excellent. Sonic inspiration for the album came from Ben Howard's "Every Kingdom" album and also Fionn Regan's "The End Of History".
It was the first time I'd mixed an album that was going straight to vinyl release and I'm delighted with how it turned out. A credit to all involved, particularly to John for his strong vision of what was required and also to Mik who mastered the album and faithfully preserved the work that had gone into the mixes.
Make sure to check it out here and anyone in the city of Derry can pick up a copy at Cool Discs or from Abbazappa Record Store in the Yellowyard.