Basement Noise Studio Report part 1
On May 3 Sator finally entered the Music-A-Matic studio once again. That's where all Sator albums have been recorded.
We've tried for a long time to find a suitable date but everyone's been so busy with other projects.Michael
We've been writing songs for three years for this album so it was about "#€% time!Chips
The big difference this time is that we have a new full time member. Heikki is as much part of the recordings as anyone else. He also sings backing vocals which gives us one more voice to work with.Hans
It's not really a 'back to the roots' album 'cause you can never (and you shouldn't even try) to go back to what you were. We're all different people now. But what we wanted to get back was that live feeling.Kent
The last album, 'Musical differences', was very much a studio record and was not possible to recreate live. That's one of the reasons we don't do songs from that album very often. This album should be the opposite, that's why 2 guitars, bass and drums were put down live. We later added some more guitars, vocals and keyboards but all the live stuff was kept as it is. We wanted to keep it raw.Chips
We have recorded 21 songs so several of these will not end up on the album and some titles will probably change. Some might be dropped along the way and never finished.Heikki
One thing is for sure. The album will not be released until we're 100% satisfied. This will be a classic Sator album.Michael
Most of the songs are written by Chips and Kent as usual.
The way we write change from song to song. Lots of times me and Chips sit down and write face to face but other times one of us comes up with a more or less complete song but we still give them an extra workover together.Kent
It's hard to tell who does what. We've have some songs I thought were Kent songs but he says 'no, you came up with this one' and the other way around.Chips
Here's some "self-hype" from us about the songs:
IT'S OUTTA MY HANDS
We've had the intro riff for years but we never found the right song for it. Finally all the pieces came together. Another future Sator classic? The working title was "Heatpipes".
2 THE GOOD GUYS
A fast rocker inspired by the mid 80's Australian wave. All these bands like The Lime Spiders and Hoodoo Gurus were a great relief at a time when most other music sucked.
3 THIS AIN'T THE WAY HOME
Kent called Chips and told him to write a classic. He came back with the verse and chorus for this one. The middle eight part was added later. The sequel to "I wanna go home"?
4 TIME AND DISTANCE
A re-recorded version of the "Droppin' out!" EP track. We like this one a lot and not too many people heard the EP. So we might include it on the album for that reason.
ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING
A heavy groove in the vein of "Sideshow screwballs", "Skyscraper" and "Gruesome Sunday morning".
6 CELEBRATION TOWN
Fast and furious. Like a new "Baby Doc Holiday". One of the first songs we wrote for the album but it might not make it. The working title was "Kickin' ass for the working class". That's where the joke about the album title came from.
7 SO DRESSED UP
We recorded this one first for a German compilation which no one heard. We like it too much to be a lost song so it will definitively be on the album. A classic Sator punk/rock track in our opinion.
8 THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING
It started out as a very different song based on a guitar riff from Kent but it became something else in the end. Neil Young and The Ramones in a car crash with The Mamas and the Papas and this is what crawled out of the wreckage.
ANGELINA COME ON
Not like anything we've ever done before. Not that it's that weird but maybe it might become our biggest hit?
Our negative side taken to the extremes. Say no to everything! Working title was "AC/DC". No further comments.
11 BASEMENT NOISE
The title track that might not make the final list. Another fast one.
12 ESCAPE FROM PIGVALLEY BEACH
You wanna know whatever happened to that guy? Here's the answer 16 years later.
13 GOODBYE JOEY
Kent wrote this one as a tribute to Joey Ramone when he died. Probably the saddest songs we've ever recorded. A real tearjerker for all you lonely hearts out there.
14 GHOST OF MY CONTROL
If Suicide would do a Sator cover it might sound something like this? Possibly the last song written for the album. All our friends says it's a single.
15 YOU AIN'T NOTHING TO ME
A really angry punk 1977 style track that has been around for a while. A new "I'd rather drink than talk" maybe?
16 THINGS YOU DON'T
Classic Sator around "Stock Rocker nuts" with bits of The Who thrown in for extra excitement. It was written sometime between "Stereo" and "Musical differences" but got lost along the way. We found a demo of it recently and thought it was a great song that we have to record now.
17 YOU WALK ALONE
Dick Dale goes punk recorded totally live in the studio with very few overdubs. This is the second take. The first one was similar but with less crazy guitar solos. It's the story about a couple of kids from a small town trying to get out of that hell-hole. The arrangement was very loose, we just let the tape roll and went for it.
ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
Another slower one. Joan Jett backed by The Faces was our idea with this one. As usual it turned into Sator anyway and became something else.
19 AT THE END OF TIME
We wanted a song like The Undertones' "You got my number (Why don't you use it)". As usual the end result sounds nothing like we planned. But it's great. Chips, Kent and Michael got together in Stockholm, borrowed a rehearsal place and instruments from Michael Lohse (Ex-Atomic Swing, now in The Kooks) and worked it all out. Several more songs were written during this session but so far this is the only one we've used. It's a very positive story about two people going straight to hell together.
20 IF TIME DON'T GET ME THIS WAITING WILL
All our early punk influences put together in the same song.
21 WATER ON A DROWNING MAN
Another fast typical vintage Sator song. If Motörhead came from the Louisiana swamps they might have sounded something like this.
All photos taken by Ola Solving at Music-A-Matic Studio Gothenburg.