Pictured at Steakhouse Studios are (l-r) The Nervous Returnâ€™s Shane Gallagher guitar; Jason Muller, guitar and vocals; recording engineer Mauro Rubbi; mixer Robert Carranza; mixer Ryan Hewitt; and Nervous Returnâ€™s Greg Gordon, drums; and Anthony Crouse, bass and vocals. Photo by Mr. Bonzai.
Los Angeles (September 24, 2004)–LA band, The Nervous Return, has completed their debut album Wake Up Dead for Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker’s new LaSalle Records label, set for September 28 release. The inventive and theatrical rockers recently returned from a triumphant European tour, where they opened for Blink 182 at sold-out stadium shows. This summer, the band appeared on the No Doubt/Blink 182 tour.
The first two acts signed to Barker’s label are The Nervous Return and The Kinison. “I wanted to put out great music,” stated Barker. “What artist wouldn’t want to help another artist with creative freedom? I saw The Nervous Return four years ago and they were the reason I started a label in the first place.”
The Nervous Return album was tracked by Mauro Rubbi at LA’s Full Kilt Studios on Pro Tools HD, and mixed by Robert Carranza at Glenwood Place Studios on an SSL 9000 J Series console and by Ryan Hewitt at Steakhouse Studios on a vintage 1975 EMI / Neve console. Mastering was by Dave Collins (Perry Farrell, Madonna, No Doubt).
“This band is extremely cool, with lots of really jagged guitars and interesting lyrics,” said Ryan Hewitt, who has mixed Blink 182, the Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante, and The Kinison. “The more I listened to them, the more intrigued I got. They have a lot to say, and I don’t hear that every day.”
“They have extraordinary talent,” added Robert Carranza, who has mixed Jack Johnson, as well as the new albums from Los Lobos and Ozomatli. “When I heard their demos, that did it for me. They’re great guys, passionate, and their material comes right from the heart. They’re very honest, but they don’t take themselves too seriously.”
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