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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In the Studio: The Humanoids

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 2:00 PM

(Welcome to In the Studio, a new section on A to Z that spotlights -- what else? -- local artists in the studio. If you are also recording/recently recorded -- or are a studio engineer/producer and working with people -- email Annie Zaleski, with the phrase "In the Studio" in the subject heading.)

Humanoids' Ryan Zimmerman, left, and Greg Stinson, right, in the midst of a creative difference.
  • Humanoids' Ryan Zimmerman, left, and Greg Stinson, right, in the midst of a creative difference.
Who: The Humanoids
Sound: Melodic punk
Studio: Firebrand Recording
Recording With: Brian Scheffer
When Recording: June 19, 2009 to July 18, 2009.
Release Date? TBA
About the new music: For one, the Humanoids have moved beyond the guitar-drums-bass-vocals set-up for at least one song, incorporating a harmonica and tambourine on one track. The band is recording for an eleven or twelve-song album, totaling about 25 minutes. Guitarist Greg Stinson said he hopes it eventually is released on LP with a CD included.

"Before we got in (to Firebrand), I seriously had the thought that this was gonna be a disaster. About a day into it, though, it kept getting better and better," Stinson says. "At this point we are finishing up vocals. We will proabably resume with mixing/mastering after we get back from the east coast. We have no idea as to how this is gonna be released. And no, that is not a pun."
The group embarks on its second tour on July 25. We caught up with the Humanoids in the midst of an all-day studio session (the group was recording vocals at Firebrand). They took a break to ham it up for the cameras.

Bryan Clarkson of the Humanoids points at a recording to-do list.
  • Bryan Clarkson of the Humanoids points at a recording to-do list.
Some members of the Humanoids and a guest.
  • Some members of the Humanoids and a guest.
Zimmerman playing the best guitar, and the worst amplifier, available for artist use at Firebrand Recordings.
  • Zimmerman playing the best guitar, and the worst amplifier, available for artist use at Firebrand Recordings.
Vocalist Tim Clarkson
  • Vocalist Tim Clarkson
Bryan Clarkson playing the harmonica he uses on the album. Recording engineer Brian Scheffer is in the background.
  • Bryan Clarkson playing the harmonica he uses on the album. Recording engineer Brian Scheffer is in the background.

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