Brooklyn, NY (August 2, 2004)–The 17-piece Brooklyn Afro-pop ensemble, Antibalas, recently spent a week at Excello Recording Studio in Williamsburg. Tracking basics for Antibalas meant getting 12 members down–drums, two bass players, shekere, two guitarists, horn section (trumpet, trombone, tenor & baritone sax), keys and vocals. Victor Axelrod served as producer and Hugh Pool engineered, with assistant engineer Liz Bustamante.
Excello worked well for Antibalas because they wanted to play in the same room live, work off of visual and vocal cues, and they wanted to record to 2″ tape. American Ambulance also visited Excello, and brought a special guest with them. The band, riding high off the surprise success of their timely underground hit “Hey! John Ashcroft,” returned to Excello with guest drummer Will Rigby (The dB’s, Steve Earle, Matthew Sweet, Laura Cantrell) to work on their next batch of tunes. Pool produced and engineered.