Previously a two-piece consisting of guitar (Billy Leger) and drums (Eitel Colberg), this album features the addition of keys (Jacob Kithcart) and bass (Philip Starnes). With this newly formed quartet, an impervious sonic wall has been created. Killa Dilla charges the stage with a visceral roar and leaves you in the dust, blindly asking for more.
Behold, the all-out assault from the temple of ROCK!
“Let’s get this out there right now – Killa Dilla rocks, in that Ted Nugent, late 60s – early 70s, men & guitar & drums sense of the word. I dunno, maybe their moniker gives it away. You tell me.” –Scott Osborn, Austin Independent Music Noise
After a bit of a break, we are back at it. Jake and Billy laid down the last of the parts earlier this week. Experimenting with layered parts, Moog tweaks and La Fin Du Monde has proved to be quite the undertaking. And now…the mixing.
Mr. Kithcart lays down sweet Rhodes tracks in a late night session. Jake recorded his main, “Meat ‘n’ Taters”, parts to the mix and added some interesting new tricks to the album too. We took Fender Rhodes to the next level on this session with distortion, modded wha pedal and a screamin’ JC120! Fear not, no one was hurt (badly). We are scheduled for a another round this weekend. The Dilla has some big plans for the rest of the keyboard parts on this album. Did someone say ARP…Hammond…?
After an intense 4 hour tracking session with Mr. Starnes all bass parts are complete. Philip chose a sweet Fender Jazz for the task. The Jazz bass has a nice array of sounds and It really helped to shape the low end for this album.
Taking the time to mirror Billy’s guitar riffs can prove to be challenging but Philip nailed every one and earned his honorary riff-meister merit badge! We also played around with a ”phase adjuster” from Little Labs. It took some time to tweak the mic placement in conjunction with the phase adjustment to find the sweet spot(s), in the end we were very pleased with the sound. Oh, and did I mention we ran everything through a Portico 5012…tasty!
Just finished a productive seven hour recording session. Wrapped up all vocal tracks! It was a marathon task and Billy seems to have the ability to do three separate takes, of each lyric part, all of which sound exactly alike. Glad to have the vox behind us now.
We also created a formula for “Thunder Tom.” It’s top secret information but does involve a hi hat… Eitel is taking the tom tracks back to the Commonwealth Studio for editing. Meanwhile, bass, keys and guitar(s) are in the cross-hairs.