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Idle Ray: September 29, 2023 Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary

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The NYCTaper protection of Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary returns with Idle Ray!

Idle Ray’s set within the arc of the Tubby’s anniversary social gathering was essential. The day had began fairly bleak. Large storms had primarily made journey out of New York Metropolis inconceivable, and a number of other bands, and followers, needed to cancel journey preparations. I had been on the venue the earlier night time establishing gear and workers morale was tremendous excessive. After I received again that afternoon I arrived to lower than peak vibes, however issues began turning round shortly. A pair drinks, the primary band hitting the stage, a shock fill in from Wild Pink and all of the sudden issues have been trying good. By the point Idle Ray hit, nobody was speaking concerning the storm. It was social gathering time.

Idle Ray’s inclusion on the invoice made excellent sense. Fred Thomas, Idle Ray’s major songwriter, is a very long time veteran of Detroit’s vibrant music scene with credit on far too many data to checklist. He has carried out a number of occasions at Tubby’s as a part of the superb Detroit primarily based DIY/Punk band Tyvek and can be in Winged Wheel with one in every of Tubby’s house owners. Recorded primarily throughout Covid, the Idle Ray challenge was created as an try at “going again to fundamentals of recording on cassette four-track and having it’s extra about attention-grabbing sounds and really feel than excellent performances or getting an industry-standard snare sound.”

The studio recordings are all Fred. For this present, Fred dealt with guitar and lead vocals with Devon Clausen on bass and Frances Ma on guitar and lead vocals, with backing drum machine tracks. I used to be unfamiliar with the fabric earlier than this, however the hooks are there. It took all of half of the set opener “Overlook” to be glad I had hit document. The trio introduced all of the fuzzy energy pop glory anybody might wish to the night. Nice songs, effectively performed and a pleasant bonus of some nice stage banter. Fred talked about one of many songs was concerning the time his ex ran for Mayor of his city. His summation of the expertise; “SSUUUCCCKKKEEEDDDD”. It by no means occurred to me that the one means the infinite compelled distress of political marketing campaign ads could possibly be extra hellish is that if your ex was featured in them.

You possibly can catch Fred again on the town enjoying with Winged Wheel at Bearsville theater (with Guided By Voices!) on 8/10. You can too catch Tyvek, sans Fred, at Tubby’s on 7/27.

Recording for this set differed fairly considerably from the conventional Tubby’s arrange. Since that they had two “phases” with two totally different units of audio system, I needed to arrange two totally different units of mics and recorders and begin and cease every between bands. Fortunately, I used to be in a position to get a board feed from the primary console within the again for every “stage”. I mixed the entrance room mics with the board feed for the recording you will have right here. It sounds glorious; energetic and screaming guitars. Crank it!

Obtain and stream from the stay music archive!

Idle Ray
Kingston, NY

Supply 1: SP-CMC-4U (AT853 playing cards, low sens mod) > SPSb-11 > R-07
Supply 2: SDB > Zoom F8
Supply 1 + Supply 2 > Adobe CC (time align, EQ, compression) > Audacity (monitoring, fades) > FLAC (lvl 8)
Recorded and produced by kliked for nyctaper.com

Due to Tubbys FOH engineers Wil for the patch and Kyle for the combination!
This was a part of the Tubby’s 5 12 months anniversary celebration

  1. Overlook
  2. Backwards
  3. Emphasis Locator
  4. Corridors of Summer season
  5. Luck Be Damned
  6. New Bizarre Factor
  7. Localism Hours
  8. Quiet Cab
  9. Ruiner

Idle Ray:
Frances Ma: Guitar and Lead Vocals
Devon Clausen: Bass
Fred Thomas: Guitar, Tapes, Lead Vocals

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