Indianapolis, IN (March 31, 2004)–Rockers Trainwreck recently recorded and mixed the debut LP God Bless Rock -n- Roll at The Pop Machine with producers Eric Klee Johnson and Marc Johnson, and assistants Faith Marie, Andy Carrell, and Joey Fingers. Used on this and other recent sessions was some of the esoteric and vintage gear the studio recently acquired, including an Otari MX-80 2″ 24-track analog tape machine, two Telefunken U74 mic pre/compressor units, a 1988 Focusrite ISA115, Neumann KM84, EV 664, Unidyne III 545, and a vintage Moog Mini-Moog analog synthesizer. Perhaps the coolest piece of new gear, as reported by The Pop Machine, may be a Wurlitzer Electric piano formerly owned by Stax Records in Memphis.
On the Trainwreck sessions, and the making of its 11-song debut LP, Eric Klee Johnson commented, “The record sounds like The Rolling Stones meets the Small Faces with a Rob Thomas-like voice fronting the band. We cut the tracks live with hardly any overdubs, no drum editing, or auto-tuning; we used Pro Tools like a tape machine and a bunch of vintage instruments, mics, mic-pres, and compressors to give it a ‘Muscle Shoals sound.’ The record is absolutely stellar.”
Artist Jane Jensen has also been at The Pop Machine recently, working on tracks for a forthcoming LP including the song “LA Junkyard” with the Johnson twins and NYC producer Craig Kafton producing and engineering. And, Tiffany continues to work on her new album at The Pop Machine with Eric Klee Johnson, Joey Fingers, and Marc Johnson producing. Two songs “On” and “Take Everything” are complete and she is hitting the road this spring to give audiences a taste of her new music. Birmingham, AL rock band Droned also stopped in The Pop Machine, to track and mix an EP with Eric Klee Johnson and Mick Loud producing.
Producer Joe Cheesman has been working hard at The Pop Machine on the debut for Easy Astronaut and the upcoming release from Las Vegas singer/songwriter Sandy Kastel as well as his own project Blip. And, Marc Johnson and William Hammel have begun production at The Pop Machine on the debut by hard rock band Dystallis.
The Pop Machine