Inside The Studio with Everyday Sidekicks

Everyday Sidekicks have put in a lot of hours and have now finally released their EP ‘Hope‘ to a decent reception. Within that, they have released a studio diary which you can read below detailing the days they have put in as well as the preparation.


PREP

Before we entered the studio we were working hard on getting the demos the best they could be. We start our writing with the music first, getting them roughly where we want before piecing together the melodies and lyrics on top of it. This goes back and forth between Tim and Archie a lot until we feel the tracks are strong enough to enter the studio with, although we fully expect the songs to change in the studio as they progress! Tim spent a lot of time working on the songs before entering the studio. Re-writing parts to get the best out of the songs. Once he had all the demos to where he wanted them he sent them over to the other lads to work on their own parts.

When we felt like the songs were ready we started looking for a studio. We tend to let Tim search for a studio as he has a certain style of recording he looks for with our sound and virtually straight away he knew that he wanted to go to Monnow Valley studios in Wales. Monnow Valley is an incredible studio! We learnt so much from our time there. Its set in some beautiful country side which is great for clearing your head and hanging out whilst you record. We were lucky enough to work with Tom Manning on this EP, which we feel changed and moulded our sound a lot due to the fact he prefers to keep the music less polished and more of the rougher hardcore style – this really helped us capture the energy of the music and to be honest we can’t thank him enough for that.

DAY 1 

Drums: We started the recording with Mat laying down the Drum tracks. We were already impressed with this studio purely on the amount of time they dedicated to get the drum tones right – if something was just a little off it wasn’t good enough and the engineers were back in there to alter mic positions and tune the drum heads. Mat was really being pushed – we had loads of takes, a lot of them were absolutely fine to use, but Tom still wanted more! It was great, we’ve had studios before just accept the track and move on… But with Tom, he kept pushing Mat to get the perfect take! Eventually after a good 7 hours we had the takes we needed.

Bass: Next up was Sam on the Bass, It took a while to come up with the perfect bass tone for the tracks but eventually we got that awesome mix of crunch and big thick bass which we feel every band aims for. We set the bass rig up in the main room which had lots of natural reverb, it’s definitely the best tone we’ve had so far whilst recording! After a few warm up runs Sam was away and as he managed to track all the bass tones in one evening, it gave us a lot of time on guitar and vocals. Sam was being pushed really hard to get every note and riff as clean and tight to the kick as possible and we definitely feel like he nailed the takes, but as with drums some parts we would just have to play over and over again even if they were good takes, just so we had a choice of a bunch of them. It was refreshing to have that option rather than to be rushed for time!

That night we headed back to Tim’s in Cardiff and played computer with a few beers, It’s a great way to unwind after a busy day in the studio and we can reflect on anything we want to change the next day.

DAY 2

Guitar: Leading up to the studio Tim practiced the songs everyday thinking about what little changes could be made or what lead/ambience could make a part better. Going into the beautiful studio at Monnow Valley it was hard for him to relax as he wanted to be involved as much as possible seeing how the songs are coming together. The occasional game of pool was needed though just to chill him out haha! Tom was great to work with as he was on the same wavelength as Tim, not letting us settle for a half-hearted take definitely helped the EP turn out the way it did. There were times whilst recording where the same riff was being played over and over for about 25 minutes. It was soul destroying to listen to but worth it! We had a very different method for tracking some of the “chugs” in this EP, after we played them all down thick strangely Tom produced a Fender Strat from his Guitar collection and got time to go over all of the opens with it again. It sounded INSANE! A technique we will be using in the future.

Vocals: Archie was confident going into the vocal booth, he knew exactly what he wanted out of his vocals, achieving them was the next step. He always likes to face away from the window so he hasn’t got people in his view whilst he’s singing,= and after a few warm up takes he started laying down the vocals. We started with cleans, laying down the main melodies and choruses, doing lots of layering and creating lots of similar tracks just so we had loads of choices. Once we felt they were where we could get them, we moved on to harmonies – this is always an exciting bit as it can really bring the vocals to life! Then we progressed to screams – Archie’s personal favourite. Tom had a very different approach to screams than we were used to: instead of the normal layering and making them as thick as possible, he decided to use less of but better takes. This was interesting as it gave the EP a lot more of an Underoath feel vocally; they were more raw and edgy but we loved it! We wrapped the vocals up and then double checked all the recordings before leaving.

Everyday Sidekicks – Hope [EP]

The post-hardcore group launch straight into the EP with the track Glass House, which, although starting in a pop punk style, thematically evolves into something more alternative which produces a post-hardcore sound by the end. It’s immediately clear that Everyday Sidekicks aren’t just an average group; the band’s music is more complex, with varying guitar melodies sitting over the top of the noisy chord progression, discernible but not overpowering. Glass House is the latest single to be released from Hope.

Bury Your Friends is the second track, and this sees the group experiment more with effects. The tone for the track is set with the lone guitar, but then in comes the riff and screamed vocals and disrupts the listener’s assumptions. However the vocals are mixed between screaming and singing, something a lot of post punk and post hardcore bands do but only some pull off well: Everyday Sidekicks is one of the latter.

Fracture, the lead single, starts off sounding more metal than any of the other tracks so far. However, when the verse starts and the guitars split off between the melody and rhythm is when the listener starts to hear the post-hardcore influences in the track.

Lacuna is the other experimental track on Hope. It is the sole instrumental track on the album, but is a beautiful piece of music. The sound effects are used to enhance the music and the mix is balanced just right.

Saving the best track for last, Everyday Sidekick present Business Secrets of the Pharoahs. The track immediately starts with a catchy guitar riff typical of metal, however, much like the other tracks on the EP, there is an underlying melody that pushes the genre towards post hardcore instead. This melody becomes more prevalent in the second verse and bridge. This track is the heaviest on the EP, and would be amazing live.

Overall, Hope is a really well presented EP with great artwork, talent from the group and is mixed and mastered really well. The sound effects, when they are used, enhance the overall sound of the tracks contained within the EP and the listener can easily imagine a great stage show to go with the songs.

[9/10]

Everyday Sidekicks release new track

Everyday Sidekicks have released a new video for their track “Glass House” from their upcoming EP “Hope” which is due for release on the 31st March.

‘Hope’ Tracklisting:

1. Glass House

2. Bury Your Friends

3. Fracture

4. Lacuna

5. Business Secrets Of The Pharaohs

 

Pre-order “Hope” below:

https://everydaysidekicks.bandcamp.com/album/hope

 

Live dates

March 11th – The Zoo, Manchester

March 31st – The Louisiana, Bristol (Release Show)

April 4th – France, Dunkerque – Bobble Café

5th April – France, Angers – T’es Rock Coco

6th April – Belgium, Namur – Le Temple

7th April – Switzerland, Zurich – Wallstreet Bar

 

Check out “Glass House” below

Vexxes Answer A-Z Interview

Vexxes are not choosing the so-called ‘safe route’, the trio are giving their all to avoid getting stuck in the “hell of a daily grind”:“There’s just nothing better than playing live!”Tom, vocalist of the alt-rock trio exclaims;“Between us, we’ve played everything from large venues and oncert halls, to squats and youth hostels around mainland Europe. The feeling you get when you see people singing your songs back to you is o amazing; it’s addictive.” Boasting a penchant for big,driving tunes, Vexxes recent release is debut EP Common Ground: a collection of mini-anthems, solid guitar licks locked in tight with driving rhythms to create a platform for Tom’s soaring vocal melodies. Here the band answer 26 revealing questions in the Inception Press A-Z interview…

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: First Date by blink 182 – when my 14 year old self got hold of that record and I heard the middle section Travis wrote for that song… it blew my mind and I spent the next few years trying to play it!

Best Album Ever Written: This is a tough one for sure and definitely will cause some controversy. I got into music quite late and I didn’t inherit music tastes from my parents so ‘old school’ stuff is out… the first one that comes to mind is Songs for the Deaf by QOTSA. It’s an amazingly written concept album with such a wide variety of styles on it.

Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Sam got full on stalked at Slam Dunk, which is weird considering we had literally played one gig in Leeds!

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs FeaturesEnemies is the one that speaks out most to me. It’s about the self-doubt you feel and we’ve all been in those situations where you don’t feel quite good enough and there’s a voice nagging you in your head. The bright side is that you learn to deal with adversity and over time, don’t let your doubts get the best of you.

Easiest Song You WroteEverything I’ve Ever Known evolved really smoothly from the first time Max laid down the main riff for us! It was known as “BEYF” (Yorkshire for beef) for ages because of that beefy lick.

Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: Key Club with Fort Hope. It was our first hometown show, packed with friends of ours, and new fans. The guys in Fort Hope were really down to earth as well, hopefully we’ll play with them again!

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your RecordWill Gardner (Black Peaks) would be pretty insane, getting some of those clean/screams into our tracks would make them sound completely different.

Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: Our first tour was insane, and a really good bonding experience for us all. Our last show was opening for Fort Hope in Leeds, so the venue was pretty packed! It was a great way to round off our first tour, and made some new friends and fans along the way.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: Shree was on a TV show about virgins… Property Virgins but virgins none the less.

Jokes You Have In The Band: When we were filming the video for ‘Lead Us Home’, Sam kept cramping up from all the cycling he’d been doing. We turned around at one point and caught him stretching off, so that’s kinda stuck! He loves a stretch… “arrr my hammies”

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: Loyalists. It’s a new one, but we go straight into a chorus with a killer riff so it’s a great intro for those that haven’t seen us before.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: The Czech border is pretty far… but Swansea to Workinton overnight was killer.

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: We played with a band last year, their singer was called Gary Potter, he was magical. In all seriousness though, perhaps Dave Grohl. His keynote speech at SXSW a couple of years back was right on the money. He just loves music!

New Band You’d Recommend: There are so many! Go Primitive, we’re touring with them in June and they’re RAD!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: We saw Mallory Knox kill it at Slam Dunk recently, that would be an awesome show.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Japan! One, it would be amazing to visit even for a little bit but the experiences you see other bands have over there is just immense.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: “support your local music scene maaan” – seriously!

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: The songs are a ‘common ground’ of everyday issues people face.

See Us Live At:

21st June – London – Nambuca

22nd June – Brighton – Hope & Ruin

23rd June – Swindon – The Victoria

24th June – Leamington Spa – Zephyr Lounge

25th June – Leeds – The Packhorse

15th July – Leeds – The Wardrobe

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree: Not really, the amount of music you can access now is incredible – all different genres too. The rise of streaming I think has actually been beneficial in some ways for our scene as medium sized-large bands now heavily rely on touring to make money. That means live shows/festivals are really thriving, and there’s nothing better than a good live show!

Unusual Merchandise: We’re looking into getting figures of our ‘Baghead’ character from our EP cover and first video.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: It would be ace to hook up with an orchestra/jazz band for an alternative twist on some of tracks. It’s probably a bit too self-indulgent at this stage though, so maybe when we’re playing the Royal Albert Hall like BMTH [laughs]

What Bands Have You Seen Live and RegrettedRed Hot Chilli Peppers were extremely poor when I saw them years ago at Leeds Fest.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries: Other than Sam’s cramp, we’ve been fairly lucky so far! *touches wood*

You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: It’s got to be Bohemian Rhapsody. A song EVERYBODY knows. P!ATD played it in full at Slam Dunk. Must be pretty great to have thousands of people singing every single word, and even having a stereo vocal mix for the middle section!

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: We’re constantly busy with the band, and we hardly sleep for writing/rehearsing/touring/promoting/meeting new people so it’ll have to be a animal that requires little sleep. We also put on a BIG live show, so something large. It’s gonna have to be an Elephant, they’re massive, spectacular, and always on the go!

 

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Watch the video for Everything I’ve Known below: