RSR265 – Buick Audra & Jerry Roe – Sludge Stoner Doom Rock with Friendship Commanders and Steve Albini - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR265 – Buick Audra & Jerry Roe – Sludge Stoner Doom Rock with Friendship Commanders and Steve Albini

Buick & Jerry talked about writing and recording sludge stoner doom rock with Steve Albini, getting powerful drums and heavy guitar sounds, avoiding harsh cymbals, getting ideal feedback, the perfect vocal mic for rock vocals and much more!

My guests today are Buick Audra and Jerry Roe of Friendship Commanders, a heavy duo from Nashville TN. Their new EP - HOLD ON TO YOURSELF released in April of  2020  follows their second LP, BILL, which they made with Steve Albini Electrical Audio. HOLD ON TO YOURSELF was tracked between Fort Knockout and Sound Emporium studios in Nashville TN. It was mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity in Salem MA and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland OR.

In this body of songs, Friendship Commanders examines the world around them, their part in the problems and potential solutions, and even challenges the patriarchy. The release also gets personal and discusses what it looks like to be an adult who survived childhood trauma. 

The band’s primary songwriter, Buick Audra, is an abuse survivor and has chosen to dedicate this work to other survivors. Her outgoing message is summarized in the EP’s title. The phrase has been a personal mantra for Audra; she has a habit of writing it down every morning as a reminder.

Buick and Jerry record and self produce their music and have created an immediately classic heavy punk rock sound. I’ve known Buick for years playing in other band settings and when I heard this record I knew we would want to learn more from Buick and Jerry about the process of writing, capturing, mixing, and mastering such a powerful sound.

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