Shardborne Unveil First Studio Diary For ‘Living Bridges’!
After announcing details last week of their forthcoming debut album release, Irish instrumental prog metal outfit Shardborne now bring you a studio diary report from their recent Living Bridges recording sessions. The album, to be released on July 10th on Out On A Limb Records, was recorded entirely by the band before going on to be mixed and mastered by Jamie King [Between The Buried and Me, Scale the Summit].
Comments the band on the recording process, “We decided that we would record the album ourselves as several of us are sound engineers, and we wanted to have full control over the process. This allowed us to spend as much time as we needed on the songs to get them exactly the way we wanted. In doing this we could experiment more with different ideas and come up with some unique sounds and ideas.”
Shardborne Studio Diary Part One – Drums
Focusing on drummer Ben Wanders, recent winner of Zildjian’s ‘Best Drummer in Ireland’ competition, the studio diary highlights the fact the band chose to record drums the now deconsecrated, former Franciscan Church in the band’s native Limerick City.
Ben explains the band’s choice to record drums there, “Myself, and Ciaran [Culhane, Guitar] often used the space for recordings that we did for other bands so we were quite familiar with the space prior to doing our own album there. There was a rehearsal facility attached to the building for a while which we used frequently as well so we were there quite a bit. The room is massive and sounds great. Add in the beautiful setting, which makes for a pretty intense place to record in. It’s extremely reverberant, and while that’s not great for a live band recording, it produces great results for drums.”
The Living Bridges artwork was designed by renowned artist Duncan Storr.
With their current instrumental line-up being cemented in 2010, Shardborne went on to record and release debut EP Aeonian Sequence in 2011. Honing their creative talent into a mesmerising and exciting live show the band then hit the road, touring both their native Ireland as well as the UK and mainland Europe, sharing the stage along the way with the likes of Cynic, Chimp Spanner and Russian Circles.
Fast-forward to 2015 and Living Bridges is set to transport both the band and fans to another plane of existence with its release on 10th July. The release will be supported by a launch gig in Dolan’s Warehouse Limerick and will be available on heavyweight double LP, CD, and digital format.
Pre-order Living Bridges here