Coming off a run of shows to promote their debut EP, Grand Oyster Palace set foot back in their home studio (if you can call it that) to record double A side; Make Em’ Spin / Below The Radar. “After playing a chaotic set of songs it only felt right to keep the next bunch of songs minimal and coherent” says drummer Ryan Andriske. They do, both ‘Make Em Spin’ and ‘Below The Radar’are an ode to the golden era of rock. The band pay tribute with raw drums, bass, guitars and distorted vocals. There’s even a harmonica appearance which see’s the bands first trace of their blues roots on record.
‘MAKE EM’ SPIN’ IS A DISH
BEST SERVED COLD
Both songs share similar sonic qualities due to poor home recording, but this certainly adds character to the overall sound. “We decided to send each track to two different mixing engineers to resurrect some Hi-Fi quality that was lost” says guitarist Rob Macaulay “We had our friend Chris Collins (gang of youths producer) mix ‘Make em Spin’ while our computer/IT manager Shaun Gaida mixed the more laid back ‘Below the Radar’ while on vacation in Estonia” Says guitarist Robert Macaulay.
‘Make em’ Spin’ is essentially a revenge song with a driving rock backdrop. It’s lyrics speak of opportunists and boasters who would exploit people purely for personal gain but as the narrator warns they too will be turned on their heads.’Make em’ Spin’is a dish best served cold.
Recorded by Grand Oyster Palace @ St Clair Recorders II
Track 1 Mixed By Chris Collins
Track 2 Mixed By Shaun Gaida @ Gravel Pit Studios
Mastered by Andrew Edgson, Studios 301, Sydney
Photography by Brydie Greedy