With recording studios going the way of the dodo thanks to the limitless digital choices available to musicians these days, starting a new operation sounds risky. But as Nick Peterson and John Byrd proved with Track and Field Recording--the studio housed in the upstairs of the former Go! Studios building (which now shares space with Reservoir)--a pocket-full of bands that want your service and word-of-mouth recommendations are as good as gold. It's DIY extended into a community network.
From their MySpace site (www.myspace.com/warriorsound), Jacob and Marlow claim their aim is simple: "What we do is ... make you sound gooder."
Judging from the spate of local bands continuing to appear, this area breathes with life as deeply as ever. Invasion is a nascent band, just formed in March, that trespasses into more recently familiar territory for Triangle musicians--the drone-wash of guitar-only noise-play. Joe Mazzatelli, 18, just graduated from Chapel Hill High last year and formed the band with Eugene, Ore. transplant Riley Miller.
"The two of us had been playing together for about three months before the idea of forming a band ever even came up," says Mazzatelli. He's had some brief runs with previous bands, and Miller has a solo record coming out soon. Invasion's recording their own EP, tentatively titled Take it from Robotron, a sampling of their gauzy effects-laden din. A full-length will follow.
A grouping of musical neighbors has offered an invitation into the scene of things. They've formed friendships with bands like Eyes to Space, Alvarez Painting, Deep Sea Diving, En Garde and Vibrant Green. Now they're looking into adding a drummer--natural growth for a budding local band.
Mazzatelli's plain-spoken on their simple goals thus far, fresh-faced noisemakers jumping in effects pedals first. "What we enjoy most is playing shows, usually at ridiculous volumes," says Mazzatelli, who adds that Invasion often stacks five amps onstage during the two-piece performances. "For now, we're happy keeping things in Chapel Hill and playing shows at local places. We just want people to be able to enjoy the music we make." Invasion opens for Blood on the Wall at Local 506 on Tuesday, May 16, and hope to have their EP in hand.