Last year, several local musicians made their upcoming records at Tiny Telephone with the now-dormant The Bay Bridged Recording Grant — some of those being Il Gato, Honeycomb and Deborah Crooks. Now it’s time for grant recipient Fancy Dan Band to release their new record, Sing to Survive, recorded at Tiny with engineer Scott McDowell last December.
Frontman Fancy Dan Nordheim described the news of being awarded the grant as both a blessing and a moment of fret, as they had applied before enough songs were written for their second album. Highly motivated by this opportunity, the band buckled down and came out of their three-day session with a bright, harmonious collection of folk rock numbers, maintaining that slight country-swing their first record provides. In a tight amount of recording time, the Fancy Dan Band managed to add on everything they wanted — accordion, mandolin, backing and double-tracked vocals — and with confidence, Dan emphasized:
Leading up to our session, I was really impressed with our engineer, Scott McDowell, who asked to meet to talk about what I was looking for with the recording. We had coffee and talked for a couple hours about records we loved and digital vs. analog and what sort of sound I was going for. It definitely reassured me that I’d be recording at the right place. I also contacted John Vanderslice about coming in to see Tiny Telephone and check the piano tuning since we couldn’t afford to pay to have it tuned. John was also very gracious and put my mind at ease after going in to see the studio for the first time. I was really inspired by the vibe of the place and felt like it was exactly the kind of studio that I was looking for for this project.
The Sing to Survive record release show is this Wednesday at Cafe Du Nord with an amicable bill of local folk and country: Erin Brazill and the Hitchcock Blondes, Passenger & Pilot and Middle Maki (8pm, $10).