|Photo by Milena Sivertson|
Our ongoing series Behind the Boards has led Gimme Noise to visit the Twin Cities' most distinguished studios and talk with the engineers responsible for recording some of our favorite albums.
This week we met with the Blind Shake's Mike Blaha, already a unique figure for adopting the fairly uncommon baritone guitar with the group he and brother Jim founded with Dave Roper. Blaha is the first free-range engineer we've met with, recording bands in basements and practice spaces on a classic Tascam reel to reel machine. He is semi-officially Banana Tone Studio.
The conversation left our head spinning. After all, the Blind Shake provide listeners with kinetic proof of the law of conservation of energy. Their latest LP, Seriousness, ran the range from surf rock to punk rock without wasting a moment for breath. It bursts out of a turntable with such force a listener is compelled to move. Blaha's other recording projects have the same intensity, so Gimme Noise set out to how he captures it so well.More »