Back in my Amen days (somewhere around 1999-2000), I met Chris Lewis. He was incredibly young and had great energy. He was an Amen fan and we met after a show we played in Sauget, Illinois. He handed our singer a demo tape of his band, The Kinison. The visceral, bombastic sound captured on that tape told us the band had real potential.
I remember helping record early Kinison songs at Amen’s rehearsal space. It was a carpeted garage deep in Van Nuys and that’s where Chris and his band worked out their tunes. Their demo “I Hate Black Sabbath” was recorded at Sound City, and it led Chris and The Kinison through a series of showcases and ultimately a record deal.
Chris and The Kinison were on their way, and they toured relentlessly in the early 2000s.
Many years later, we reconnected when The Kinison wanted to record a couple of tunes with me at Dave’s Room. This became the EP “Oh, the Guilt”
A few years later, Chris started to write on his own. He tracked 5 songs with a talented friend of ours, Manny Nieto, at his Suplex Studio in Los Angeles. Not long after that, Manny decided to move his studio to Hawaii and I mixed an EP from those 5 songs; it’s called, eponymously, “LEWIS”.
Chris was excited to have these tunes realized, and given our history and how comfortable we are working together, he asked if I would record his album. Over several weeks Chris sent me dozens of songs for “LEWIS”. His new music has a more singer-songwriter feel; jangly and grungy, but at the same time poetic and personal. Chris is both relentless and prolific and while I was listening to the first group, he sent more and more songs. We decided on a recording date and he was still sending me music! Each tune was better than the last and out of the final group came “Tobi”, and “I’m Nervous Too” – two tracks that I knew had to be on the record.
We worked hard and fast tracking live with Sam West on drums, and Frank Figueroa and Brian Duke on bass. After 4 days of tracking and overdubs Chris had his first album recorded, “Son on the Floor”.
Mixing was fun – I kept the raw, honest performances and made sure Chris’ writing and intent really shone through. I am extremely proud of Chris and his new record. I am sure there will be more to come from LEWIS.
As Jedd Beaudoin from Pop Matters says: “the infectious single “Bathe Clean”, three minutes and six seconds that spotlight Lewis’ particular blend of humor, incisive observation and ability to create an unlikely but undeniable hook. Think of a sweeter Guided By Voices or songs where power-punk clichés are muted for the sake of the song and that’s some of what Lewis gets up to on” — PopMatters
Please enjoy The 4 singles leading up to LEWIS full length release August 21 “Son On The Floor” on Sona Baby Records with these lyric videos.
Son On The Floor will be available on LP and download on August 21st, 2020 via Sona Baby Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.
Just before the pandemic lock down, Ryan Dennee (Stavesacre) called to discuss a new project he was involved in. He wanted to know if I could help The Lost Chorus produce a series of singles. Well, after a day of tracking and overdubs, we ended up confined to our homes. Bu here is the first single: “Soft Lies” was tracked at Dave’s Room. I engineered the drums and guitars. When I received the bass tracks and vocals I also dove in and did the mix. I will leave you with this lyric video “Soft Lies” by The Lost Chorus. Enjoy.
Here it is folks: “Book of Lies ” from Cemetery’s new album “The Last Day On Earth”. From the beginning to the epic end, I had an amazing time mixing this album. “The Last Day On Earth” is the band’s first release since 1993, when the band signed a record deal with West Virginia Records and recorded their debut album, “Enter The Gate”.
At the beginning of 2019, Greg Fidelman assembled a crew to tackle capturing and documenting the energy that this monster of a band puts out. Tracking more songs than needed to make sure we had the best of the best, we worked 6-day weeks for months. as the clocked ticked closer and closer to the band’s tour schedule. With a lot of hard work we came screeching across the finish line! I am proud to have worked alongside Producer Greg Fidelman, engineers Sara Killion, Greg Gordon, and Dan Monti, the always on it Bo Bodman, and Chaz Sexton at East West.
Slipknot- We Are Not Your Kind to be released August 9, 2019
Produced by Greg Fidelman, Mixed by (Evil) Joe Barresi
Late in 2018 I had the chance to record Matt Sorum on drums, Geezer Butler on bass, Steve Stevens on guitar and Franky Perez on vocals. We tracked live at Henson to catch these amazing performances, then overdubbed vocals for the perfect take.
What an amazing few days it was sitting in the room with all this talent!
I had the pleasure of meeting the entire band Cemetery for the first time at Dave’s Room this week. Dani traveled all the way from Germany for Cemetery rehearsals. Very excited to hear what this talented metal/death metal band has in store for the future. (from left to right Paul Fig, Dave Ferrera, Dani Zizek, Roland Weihmayer)
Fuzz Evil have made it to no. 13 on the September doom charts for their September 14th 2018 release “High on You”. I’m proud of these hard working fellas and their independent release.
Here is what Bucky Brown has to say about the album on doomcharts.com:
Imagine Scott “Wino” Weinrich and Red Fang walked into a bar wearing fluorescent spandex, mullets and sweet Oakley Blades. Yes, and imagine they then took the stage and hammered out fuzz filled riffs and anthem crumbling choruses. Are You In or Out?
Fuzz Evil have been working hard making these awesome lyric videos. Have a long, hard toke before you watch these little gems!
We tracked live at Dave Grohl’s recording studio 606 in two days, on the famous Sound City 8028 Neve console. Then we were off to my production space to wrap up overdubs, vocals, and guitar solos in three days. Take a listen to this talented band from Sierra Vista Arizona.
I had the pleasure of mixing Alice in Chains August 21st acoustic set live at the Space Needle for SiriusXM. Then mixed their live performance at the Crocodile Cafe on August 24th, the day their new album “Rainier Fog” was released.
Now here they are again with new single Never Fade and video to go along with it. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz, Engineered by(myself) Paul Fig, Mixed by Evil Joe Barresi.
As Taylor Fields from iHeart Radio says:
Alice In Chains is continuing their story from their “The One You Know” music video, with their official “Never Fade” visual.
The cinematic “Never Fade” music video picks up right where the storyline in “The One You Know” left off with the same two characters as we learn more about who (or rather what) they really are. And the visual ends open ended, which means that the story is likely to continue in the band’s next music video.
Alice In Chains’ William DuVall explains of the Adam Mason directed visual, “The ‘Never Fade’ video is a continuation of the ‘The One You Know.’ The full story will gradually be revealed. For now, check out what we love to do best – play live, and tell a story with our music.”