Friends Of Foes are releasing a new EP called ‘Faults’ on February 12th. To celebrate the impending release, we’ve teamed up with the band to bring you each member’s individual thoughts on the recording process, along with a video teaser that details the behind the scenes of the studio. In case you missed it, you can catch up on last week’s instalment here. In the fourth and final instalment, check out what bassist Anthony Nickel had to say!
Recording ‘Faults‘ was a completely unique experience for me. Recording the album was also special for me because it is the first EP released by Friends of Foes in which I did the writing for the bass. Previously, the band had another bass player and I joined shortly after ‘Chronophobic‘ was released. Since we decided to record at Sun Temple Studios, we had the opportunity to live in the studio while recording the album. We did everything together: cooked meals, hung out in the studio, went for long walks around the farmstead, shared beers on the deck, and even wandered around in a thunderstorm since it knocked out the power. Actually that was one of two times where we lost power and we were forced to sit and wait it out. But even as that happened, we simply talked and hung out which was fun because we got to know each other even better. We jokingly said that the studio experience was a test to see if we could handle being on a longer tour.
For me, it was absolutely incredible to record out there; it felt like being on a holiday. The house was massive and we were not distracted by city life, which can actually interfere with recording quite a bit. In previous bands, I learned that recording in the city can be a challenge, especially working around everyone’s busy schedules. We even had a meal plan set up by our producer, so we ate like royalty while out there (Jordan is an amazing cook). All of these advantages from being at Sun Temple allowed us to walk into the studio with a clearer mind, and also made the recording process both easier and more fun. I believe the product will speak for itself and shows how we have matured as a band since releasing ‘Chronophobic‘.