The local Olympia rockers HellBelly just released their sophomore album Run For God’s Sake, the follow up to their successful 2013 release Life of the Party. This is the second go around for the band recording here at South Sound Sound, producing a full length 12 song hard rock masterpiece.
One interesting thing about this project is that the first two songs recorded for this album, The Re-Up and Believe It, were recorded in June 2014 to be released as teasers and would later find their way to Run For God’s Sake. I wouldn’t see the band again to record the rest of their project until March 2016, when we would track the other 10 songs. During this time, I was making additional updates to the studio equipment including new mics and a new front end analog-to-digital converter. Also, I undertook a major studio remodel that expanded the control room into the adjacent space and allowed for a larger recording room. Because the rooms sounded noticeably different for tracking drums, the trick became getting the two songs to work seamlessly with the rest of the album. I was up to the challenge and think the end result speaks for itself.
This album sounds amazing! It was a real treat to work with the guys recording the different parts to these great songs. The group is quite diligent at working through all the parts of their songs so they come prepared in the studio, they are well rehearsed. With most projects, the studio affords a group the ability to layer parts and sounds in a way that can’t be duplicated live. This album was no exception. You will find lots of vocal harmonies, guitar layering textures and special sound effects, all adding to the power of the story telling.
What I enjoy most about working with HellBelly is the deep respect of the creative studio process the guys afford me, and encourage me to help in the production, always making me feel included. This is one talented group, they know who they are and there is really no limit to the power behind their music. Have a listen to a selection of the first track California Coast off their new album, and more on their Band Website where you can listen to and purchase either of their albums.