Phinius Gage studio diary day 1

Phinius Gage have just completed the recording of their first full-length album, and it bloody rocks! Faster and more furious than a Vin Diesel movie, this is a record that everyone should get into. But while you wait for it to get an official release, Pie, PG’s guitarist, will relay all the studio action…
“Day 1: It was an early start for us to get to the studios by 9:30am, and we sorely needed Iain’s help via mobile when we reached Corby. This took us on a scenic jaunt through the town… if you call a KFC, ‘Stars’ Nightspot and 70s styled housing estates scenic. The studios are interestingly situated behind ‘Escape’ nightclub – an appropriate but largely unheeded name – and next to a lawn bowling club. Not an obvious place to find a punk recording mecca. The first half of the day was spent setting and mic-ing up the drum kit, which gave the rest of us vital time to discover the location of the kettle and Playstation. With all the drums and amps mic-ed, we launched into instrumental versions of the tracks, managing about 5 before listening to them with the guiding ears of Iain. Next came Martyn’s moment of shame as Lion-o ruthlessly pinpointed all the tiny and not so tiny errors in the bass tracks for overdubbing. Ade and I laughed somewhat nervously as our playing was to be dissected the next day. Martyn was doing sterling work with the overdubs, with our mate Dom filming odd bits for a laugh, when we realised it was 5:30pm and time for Iain to leave us. Being underpaid pikeys, our bed for the next three nights was a mattress on the studio floor. To compensate we treated ourselves to a few beers and a dubious but potent curry purchased from a kebab shop with the nicely understated name ‘A Taste of Chilli’.”

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Paul, otherwise known as Sav, is quite possibly the only member of the Punktastic team to actually have a proper job. But don't hold that against him. He's actually a proper journalist, (a reporter for a daily northern paper) and so adds a bit of credence to the team. Except you wouldn't think that by reading his reviews. Maybe somebody should tell him that it is quality and not quantity that counts! Sav actually ended up working for Punktastic after meeting Nick at university, and the pair bonded over all things punk rock. Another guitarist, he also "writes a lot of songs about relationships, and how mine went wrong." Oh, and he loves the Ataris, if you hadn't already noticed. In his spare time he worships at the church of Kris Roe... Other fave bands include: MxPx, New Found Glory, Blink 182, Weezer, Midtown, Reel Big Fish, The Get Up Kids, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Green Day, Deftones, Lit and Silverchair to name but a few. Hobbies include, sleeping, drinking, eating fish and supporting Grimsby Town FC. But hey, somebody has to.