If all goes according to plan late Saturday night, local rock band Farmington Hill will have a live album in the works.
If everything goes as planned.
These plans which must follow the path of the group include: all recording equipment being installed and functioning properly; the crowd in a mature mood and ready for some country-influenced live cowpunk and rock music; someone pressing “record” on said recording equipment; and the tape pulling on all cylinders.
If this to-do list is in order and the group’s performance lives up to their sometimes strict personal satisfaction, then Farmington Hill could be on the verge of releasing a live record in 2022.
Farmington Hill will try to achieve this when they perform at the Animas City Theater on Saturday.
It’s a cool process for a band that has remained relatively DIY since its inception, and something they want to capture in their hometown, in front of a hometown crowd, and on a hometown stage.
“There are chords everywhere, so it’s relatively easy to get that through multitrack recording, and I don’t know what’s going to come out of it. It could be that no track sounds great, or maybe it’s just one or two tracks, or maybe we have enough tracks to say ‘yes this is a live album. ” Said Farmington Hill guitarist and singer Erik Nordstrom. “It’s a cool process because you listen to the whole show and select songs and to a certain extent you can manipulate the tracks live, fix a few things and definitely the mix. One plus is that it’s a live recording hopefully you get a response from the audience so I’m really excited to do this at ACT, a theater that is dear to the hearts of many of us who lived in Durango.
WHAT: Country rock with Farmington Hill.
WHEN: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Saturday.
OR: Animas City Theater, 128 E. College Drive.
TICKETS: $ 5, available online at https://bit.ly/3zQhWSw.
MORE INFORMATION: visit https://bit.ly/3zQhWSw or call 799-2281.
A conversation with members of Farmington Hill always reveals a degree of music fandom that is both obsessive and more than connoisseur. In this case, the conversation was about favorite and famous live albums, including The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, “David Live” by David Bowie and “Waiting for Columbus” by Little Feat. Other live recordings that this or any other band could aspire to and most, more than casual music fans should listen to: “Live at Leeds by The Who”, “At Folsom Prison” by Johnny Cash and “Live at the Apollo “by James Brown. Nordstrom even dropped Camper Van Beethoven’s “Greatest Hits, Played Faster” as a staple in live recording.
It’s safe to say that if the recording of Saturday night’s performance gets the band’s approval to release to the world, it likely won’t end up on a “best live recordings” list between James Brown and The Who. It should, but it probably won’t. Its good. It’s documentation of a show from a favorite local band and a chance for the band, as well as friends and fans, to come together after a long hiatus beyond our control and what Nordstrom has called “a year.” hard”.
There can be the natural nervousness before the show, multiplied by the fact that they are trying to record an album. For fans of their more upbeat, punky stuff, some cuts may be more rhythmic. Just like Camper Van Beethoven.
“It’s inevitable when you’re playing live you’re excited and nervous, so there is often an increase in tempo,” Nordstrom said.
Rhythm guitarist and singer Paul “Bubba” Iudice agrees.
“It’s out of excitement,” Iudice said. “You are in the present moment and you are excited. So yeah, it happens to me all the time, where I’m definitely going to play a little faster.
Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and director of KDUR station. Contact him at [email protected]