Adelaide’s Weightless will release their debut album ‘Self-Adjustment‘ through Clarity Records on Friday July 13th. This Wednesday you can catch them supporting UK outfit Basement at Enigma Bar in Adelaide. To find out more about the album we got the band to answer our On The Record questions this week. Expand this post to check out their answers. You can order the album on CD or Vinyl [Here].
Tell us about the release title.
The title of our upcoming album is named after the second track ‘Self-Adjustment’. The song itself is based around social awkwardness and learning to become comfortable with who you are. I guess this theme kind of runs throughout most the album in one form or another. For a while I was running with the idea of calling the album ‘Leaving’, relating to the concept of leaving my current location and living in a place where I had no ties to my old life.
Tell us about the artwork.
I (Nick Y) did the artwork and concept. The theme of it runs around interchangeable parts/trying to be something that you’re not and personal growth.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
Gatefold glacier blue/clear coloured LP and gatefold digipak.
Who will it be released through, and when?
It will be released by our good friends at Clarity Records on July 13
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We recorded at Hillside Studios in hindmarsh. The studio has a really nice vibe to it and it was a nice environment to record in. We heard that The Lucksmiths recorded with the guy there and it was a good deal.
Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Matt Hills runs Hillside Studios. We didn’t know him at all before we recorded with him but we’re very happy with the job he did.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
I don’t think we did. Musically most of the initial song ideas we came up with were thought up on the spot at practice and the lyrics were based around subjects that I brooded over at different points in time.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Not really. I think we all came in without having a fixed sound we were going for. We knew we wanted the songs to be a bit fast and shorter than the ones on our previous releases, but other than that we just jammed everything until we were happy with the sound.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
Matt Hills wasn’t really one for referencing other productions and we weren’t really fussed. We just tweaked things here and there until we were happy with it.
How long did it take to record?
It initially recorded over two days, but we had to go back for two half-days to do some tweaking.
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
All the band was recorded together live except for vocals with a few overdubs here and there.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
In our demo we recorded guitars and vocals first, then drums and bass, and we had previously recorded drums and bass together with guitars and vocals over the top, but we’ve mostly done a similar method of recording.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
No. We kept the sound pretty minimal in terms of overlaying instruments.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
Not really. The first song uses organ and glockenspiel, but we recorded it pretty close to our live sound.
Any memorable studio moments?
None come to mind. We’re pretty boring.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
We’ve got a few that didn’t fit right with the other songs that might see the light of day soon.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
They’re all bangers!
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Well, the sound is a lot better. Our other releases we’re home recorded and we didn’t really know what we were doing. So this one hopefully represents the bands live sound better.
Anything else you want to say or tell us about the release?
Please buy it and come to our shows.
Weightless – ‘Self-Adjustment‘ is out on July 13th through Clarity Records / Shock Entertainment.
[Pre-Order on CD or LP Here]