Live Room at 1867 Recording Studio
How the location affected their recording process:
1867 is tucked behind a secret door on an unsuspecting street, ten minutes northeast of downtown Boston. It features a massive 50 x 50 x 30 foot live room that was once a temple, originally constructed in 1867. They don't give out their number or address online so you only hear about it through word of mouth. We were lucky that Rafa (Bass) recorded some projects with James Bridges (studio manager/main engineer) there in the past, and he helped bridge our connection.
We were surprised making our way into the studio. You go through this small door next to a bakery, up a wide flight of stairs (no elevator), and through large, eerie hallways. You'd think the building was abandoned. Once I entered the studio doors, my jaw dropped. It was dimly lit, massive, and looked like a storage unit for an early 1900s world circus tour. Circus in the sense that there are so many bizarre and funky instruments scattered along the walls: all types of old pianos, keyboards, vintage amps, a massive old church pipe organ on the back wall, timpani, out of the ordinary guitars, sound effect keychains, a pump organ, and more. We loved the temple's mic collection as well.
The studio had a mysterious vibe, yet it was very inviting and creative. The walls have old masonic symbols on them, and the whole place is very old. It didn’t feel like we were in a conventional studio, and it allowed us to create more freely.