London four-piece The Big Moon will be taking part in Metropolis Studios’ live-to-vinyl series in partnership with MasterCard on March 5, 2020.
This is said to be the first time that a band has performed three tracks in one take with a live audience in the studio with them. After the recording is captured, Record Store Day’s partner Sound Performance will get busy pressing copies so that the vinyl will be in stores on Record Store Day, April 18, 2020.
As for live-to-vinyl, it is the original process artists used to record music for the public, and Metropolis has recreated this with their vinyl cutting lathes. In fact, Metropolis is one of the few studios to still record live-to-vinyl as it such an intricate process that is no longer necessary with modern technology. However, there is nothing quite like the vintage, real-life sound it produces.
Gavin Newman, brand director at Metropolis, explained: “It’s such a privilege to be able to get behind the scenes like this and experience an intimate window into the recording process. To see something cut live to lacquer and then pressed onto a physical product is a rare and exciting opportunity. The live to vinyl experiences incorporate everything we love about music at Metropolis – having access to our favourite bands, being able to feel that sense of creative artistic tension with all of it captured on to the vinyl format which we know and love so well. Metropolis is proud to be on board with Record Store Day to help keep vinyl and independent record shops alive.”
Record Store Day UK has also announced that The Big Moon are the event’s official ambassadors this year.
The Big Moon’s Celia Archer said of the importance of record stores: “We’re so excited to be ambassadors for RSD. When I was a kid, music was still a really tribal thing and if you were into alternative music the record store was a really important space to hang out and spend weekends browsing through things with mates, discovering whole new sounds and genres just because you liked the artwork, picking up music magazines and finding out about gigs.
“We’ve played in lots of excellent shops up and down the country and met wonderful people every time, from the people who work there and organise events to the generous souls who have parted with their money and time and bought our records, come to see us play intimate shows and just generally made us feel like what we’re doing is sometimes worthwhile. As we become more and more aware of the toxicity of spending the majority of your life online, it’s important that we protect these physical communal spaces and make sure they feel accessible and welcoming to all. Support your local record store.”