With a new guitarist and keyboard player on board, the Crowes returned in 2008 with their first album in seven years. Did they embraced dubstep, nu-rave or screamo in the intervening years? Not a bit, thankfully.
Steve Gorman says:
“On the first day we walked around banging a rack tom – ‘How does it sound here?’ – and within a couple of hours producer Paul Stacey said, ‘This is the low-end spot’. We put the kick right there.”
“We taped an empty cigarette pack to the snare if we needed to muffle it, one mic on the kick, overhead mics and a big Neumann CMV563 a few feet in front of the kick. That was the drum sound. The mics were doing all the work, so I was able to play with as much dynamic as I have.”
“It’s how I’ve always wanted to be able to approach the drums in the studio.”