As music fans around the globe prepare to observe Record Store Day on April 19, a Central New York recording studio is unleashing what is guaranteed to be one of the biggest local releases of the year.
Interesting Selection: volume 1 is a compilation of nine original bands from the 315 area code that was crafted over three months at Big Blue North Recording Studio in Utica. The album is set for digital release on Record Store Day and is available as a free download on the studio’s website, www.BigBlueNorth.com, and at Bandcamp and SoundCloud as well. Big Blue North is also hosting a happy hour listening party from 5-8 pm on April 19 at the Dev in downtown Utica to celebrate the release.
“This is really the first album of its kind in our area,” said studio engineer Jeff Aderman. “There have been other compilations but those songs were submitted individually by the artists and were of varying quality. All of the music on Interesting Selection was recorded, mixed and mastered in-house at a very high level; it sounds professional from beginning to end.”
The compilation covers many genres including rock, folk, indie, metal and acoustic, but is not meant to be an exhaustive record of the local music scene.
“There is so much going on around here that it isn’t possible to get every good original local band on one disk. This is just the first of a series of annual releases that we are planning for Record Store Day,” explained studio manager Pamela Jardieu.
The featured bands on Interesting Selection: volume 1 are: Bad Cello, Comfy, Flashing Astonishers, Mandate of Heaven, Mason’s Revolt, The Rusty Doves, J. Schnitt, Joe Sweet & John Kelsey and Twin Speak.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 by storeowners to promote independent, locally owned record shops. Hundreds of artists now make special releases and promotional products exclusively for the day, which is celebrated on the third Saturday of every April.
For more information on the included bands or for a free download of the compilation, visit www.BigBlueNorth.com after April 19, 2014.