Imagine driving down a winding country road. Pastures and farmland blur past your window. Then you come to a small neighbourhood of big rural lots with nicely manicured lawns. In-between two neatly kept homes is a property of winding, twisting thicket, with missing house numbers you just have to assume that this is the place you’re headed for. Driving up the long gravel driveway, with a mohawk of green grass up it’s middle, you approach the house on the hill. Vintage cars parked outside of a dungeon-esq door invite you in.
This is our studio, and also our home. It may not have been so dramatic for Dirty Mountain, I wasn’t in their van when they pulled up so I don’t really know what they were thinking. But I wanted to paint of picture of our studio, as it is the first time we’ve had a full band inside. We moved to Cowichan a year ago and have been renovating and working toward the moment when the studio would be ready for recording. It's not finished, but when it is it will be a sweet audio visual space that takes up half of our house.
Two weeks ago, Dirty Mountain became our first live performance session in the studio. A long awaited event for both Daniel and myself.
Dirty Mountain is a three-piece ensemble from Victoria, comprised of Elli Hart (vocals/guitar), Gord Light (bass/vocals), and Tom Salter (drums/vocals). They have a bluesy-country-folk-rock feel with storytelling lyrics, just the kind of thing I like. Dirty Mountain has a very intimate-rootsy tone, they make you feel like their songs are true stories that they’re sharing with just you, shhhhhh.
Besides the music, the Dirty Mountain gang was just really nice to hang out with. They’re a laid back group that was patient with us going through the motions of our first studio session. All-in-all the results are great, lessons were definitely learned on our end that will only make each session better and better. For more on Dirty Mountain check out their website here www.dirtymountain.ca
Full studio pictures coming soon. Want to find out more about this sweet, spooky place? Or about the vintage cars? Email Daniel, I’m sure he’d love to talk about it. firstname.lastname@example.org