We’ve started a map showing just some of our guests’ activities this year. Click on a link to see what they’re’ up to. If you’d like to join our happy band of travellers just give us a call on 07772 293325
Goodnight Lenin, not content with recording their cracking album here popped in to record 2 covers for a Record Store Day record! They put a teasing trailer up 4 days ago and already 14,000+ views.
Meanwhile in our lock up Boat To Row made a casual film of themselves, we love having them here:
How else can you follow ‘Americana’ and ‘Folk’ but with some ‘Psychedelia’ The Exploding Sound Machine brought their Hammond with Leslie speaker, joss sticks and oil wheels and laid these 3 tracks down. Audio only but worth it.
Just a small selection of the many great artists using the studio. Come and join them.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with some great artists in 2013 – here’s a run-down of our favourites who have either recorded or rehearsed (or often both) at Highbury:
A Suitcase Of Owls
Acoustic Who Band
Alternative Dubstep Orchestra
Boat To Row
Chinese Burn Society
Eat Y’Self Pretty
Everett Morton (The Beat)
I Am Cinema
I O Earth
Kindle Theatre Company
Kings Of Spain
Our Mutual Friends
Rebel Party Band
Rhino & The Ranters
St. John’s Steel Band
Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
As you can hear, we’ve recorded a wide variety of genre’s including Blues, Classical, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock and World…
What does 2014 have in store for us?
Bring it on!
What’s been happening lately with our dear Highbury clients? Well…
Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam have just released their debut album recorded here at the studio
You can have a listen here:
Goodnight Lenin are just finishing off mixing their album after a brilliant performance at Moseley Folk Festival
Boat To Row have also been busy with Moseley Folk Festival, Stroud Fringe, Sofar Sounds and a BBC WM 95.6FM session. We’re looking forward to having them back with us to record this weekend.
Little Comets have been away touring the States!
En route from Denver to Portland they stopped off by the side of the road for this lovely performance of Jennifer
And they’ve recently featured in an article with Huffington Post! Have a read here:
And our good friends Kodaline are set to embark on a European Tour this Winter!
You can catch them at The Institute on 8th November:
Over the passing month here at Highbury we’ve had a rather eclectic mix of Folk, Neo-Surf, Jazz, Country and Punk bands coming in to record.
We’ve had the pleasure of recording Boat To Row, Table Scraps, Mike Fletcher Trio, Orfila and Female Smell – it’s all sounding great.
Links to the artists here:
Despite our excitement, we’ll have to wait until they release their recordings before we can share them with you here!
Meanwhile, John’s been off having fun tour managing Seasick Steve with John Paul Jones joining Steve for the last three festivals.
And Rob’s been getting excited over The Surprises reunion gig at The Hare & Hounds – 5th September, for those with a penchant for 1970′s music history.
Over the last few months at Highbury we’ve had the joy of making an
album for a young man from West Bromwich, Mikhael Mala.
By young we mean 15!
Mikhael has performed for World renowned figures & some of his stunning performances were held at the Wembley Arena, O2 Arena, LG Arena and the Liverpool Echo Arena.
He’s a cracking vocalist and came to us with a clear idea of what he
wanted to do.
We just helped him turn his idea into reality, finding the right
session musicians, backing vocalists and such.
We’re talking Irish flute, Welsh harp and all sorts of interesting stuff.
Here’s the first track from his album – see what we mean by ‘mixing it up’?
Bon voyage Mikhael, enjoy the journey.
Perhaps to our shame we’d not come across ‘Gigjunkies’ before but are certainly glad we have now as they documented a top night that we had last friday.
We managed to catch a triple friends-of-Highbury performance evening where we saw Kodaline doing an extremely stripped down acoustic busk in the lounge of The Hare & Hounds at 7.30.
Taking Kodaline with us, we got up to The Old Rep in town to catch all of Goodnight Lenin’s performance.
We then all came back to the upstairs of the Hare & Hounds to catch a stunning set from Alternative Dubstep Orchestra, with ADO and Goodnight Lenin both finishing recording albums at Highbury in the last couple of weeks, and with Kodaline who did a little recording here which can be heard on their Love Like This EP on SoundCloud. Kodaline are currently sat at #22 with Love Like This in the UK Singles Chart.
By the end of the night we were lost in musical bliss. We didn’t quite know how to write about such a great evening but to our delight, GigJunkie nailed 2 out of the 3, reviewing both ADO and Goodnight Lenin. Check the reviews here thanks to the Gigjunkie team – we couldn’t have put it better ourselves…
And a fine review of Kodaline’s performance from one of our favourite online magazines Counteract:
The wonderful Jo Hamilton, who often rehearses here at Highbury, released her first album Gown in 2009.
We were amazed and delighted to hear that Prince and his new all-girl backing band 3rd Eye Girl are performing an instrumental cover of Liathach from Gown on his current live tour in the U.S with Prince playing piano!
Here’s the original video
We hear that Prince is set to tour some small venues in the U.K. later this year. Fingers crossed we might to get to hear his cover for ourselves!
Exciting news from Birmingham duo Table Scraps consisting of Scott Vincent Abbott (singing and guitar abuse) and Poppy Twist (who you’ll remember from Poppy & The Jezebels) who have recently released their EP on cassette.
Recorded on our Tascam tape machine with Rob Peters, the three-track tape consists of What You Don’t Allow, In The Ground & Sinking Ship.
The limited edition of 200 tapes makes owning one quite a privilege, with codes included for exclusive digital downloads.
We’re still enjoying listening to it two months on after recording: https://soundcloud.com/table-scraps-1
Today marks the release of charity album Xpress on behalf of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), set up to prevent male suicide which is the single biggest killer of young men in the UK.
We are delighted that our friends from Wolverhampton – The Rimes, feature on the album with their new song Fight Fire With Fire (recorded here at Highbury) amongst The Strokes, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and The Libertines.
The Rimes visited us in the Autumn and filmed a short documentary at the studio which can be found in our video chart below.
Here’s the video for Fight Fire With Fire:
Visit http://xpressofficial.com/category/album/ for your copy of the album.