Great new band from Washington DC. Record was tracked at The Fidelitorium and mixed by Roger Moutenot at Hapstown in Nashville, TN. Not sure when the full length record will be released but the band is already receiving label attention and have been getting rave reviews on the 3 song single.
"Decidedly British, extremely liberating and instantly captivating, this is a garage-rock song that hits in all the right places." - AbsolutePunk
"Clones of Clones' forthcoming EP is a dynamic, mood-shifting journey that oscillates between slinky electro-pop and loud, swaggering, hard-rock choruses." - Washington City Paper
What Ted Did: Produced / Engineered
"My last night of CMJ festivities was on Friday, and I knew I had to make it a good one. I decided to stay in the Lower East Side partly because of the close proximity of a handful of music venues. My first stop was the 5pm show at Rockwood Music Hall to catch The Yells, a NY based band that has been generating a slow buzz for the past year. I’ve seen them play a bunch of times since they started out, so they were a must-see on my list, and they certainly did not disappoint. Clever lyrics, and some of the most talented musicians I’ve come across in this city anchors their alt-rock sound. Songs like “The Yells” & “King of Love” had the crowd hollering for more. They’ve just released their debut EP that had me squealing – it was that good. The Yells are another instance where you want to get onboard before they really take off. They are at the cusp of something great, take my word for it."
Lesley Keller - CMJ Music
What Ted Did: Produced
Fantastic band from Greensboro, NC. The thing I remember most about making this record is how great the band is live. Extensive pre-production was great fun. Most everything was centered around rearrangements to simply make things more powerful. The guys absolutely killed it in the studio , and I am proud to have made this record. It has received some amazing reviews -- landing them on The Warped Tour and winning a contest or two along the way. Recently the video for “Give Me Mine” was featured on Vimeo. The band and I have started work on another full length, so hopefully I can share more music soon.
What Ted Did: Produced / Co-Engineered / Addt. Organ / Gong
Easily one of my favorite records I’ve ever worked on. The band was still in college at George Washington (DC) at the time of recording and has since released three more records. I was lucky enough to hear about them through their manager and somehow convinced them to record a full length album. The’ve toured the world playing notable festivals like Bonaroo and Lalapalooza, sharing the stage with great acts like Ben Folds, Barenaked Ladies, and James Blunt, to name a few. They have been featured in Spin, Pitchfork, and The Washington Post, and have performed on Conan and Late Night w/ David Letterman. "Jukebox the Ghost is a refreshing reminder that the lighthearted electricity of a fantastic pop song is still filled with live wires."
Samantha Promisloff - Spin
MANY INDIE ROCK bands start small, with a lo-fi single or a handful of crummy-sounding MP3s. Not Jukebox the Ghost. The D.C. trio decided not to hold back on its debut long-player, "Let Live & Let Ghosts." With music that's dynamic and often delightful, if sometimes a shade too theatrical, the band demonstrates ingenuity to match its ambition. "This is not a test/It's the real thing," not one but two of the album's songs credibly assert.
Ben Thornewill's piano defines most of these tunes. Like many piano men who turn to rock, Thornewill has classical chops and cabaret tendencies. "Victoria" isn't a Kinks cover, but it does recall that band's music-hall ditties.
Sung either by Thornewill or guitarist Tommy Siegel, the songs are mostly about love or the end of the world, and render each subject with equal conviction. But music this ebullient is ideally suited to the giddiness of infatuation, which makes "Hold It In" the album's exemplary track: Piano, rhythm and voice all scramble to convey the run-on emotion of "maybe I'm in love and, baby, it's starting to tell."
Mark Jenkins - The Washington Post
What Ted Did: Produced / Co-mixed
The band is from Richmond, VA, and I first worked with them through a friend as a co-writer. We hit it off and ended up doing their latest record together. Poised for a huge year, the first single from the record was in rotation at XL 102 in Richmond and was licensed by ESPN for the NFL Playoffs. The latest single is featured in the Trojan “Covered” campaign, and the ad was recently featured the daily talk show Ellen. I remember these guys growing so much during this record. It was done in bursts, and they almost completely changed lineups in the process, but the end result is great and is certainly better off for all the ups and downs. The EP from the record drops soon and the LP is later this year. The band and I recently tracked 3 more songs at Low Watt Recording in Savannah, GA.
What Ted Did: Produced / Co-Engineered / Addt Keys / Programming / Co-Wrote
Colin is a talented young songwriter from Richmond, VA. Currently, Colin has over 2 million plays on his YouTube channel. His first single landed him a college booking agent and loads of interest from managers and lawyers. Now with a team in place, Colin’s record should be out later this year. Really proud of this one!!! Even got to co-write a bit with Colin which was fantastic. This was recorded at the Fidelitorium (fidelitorium.com) and mixed at Ocean Way Studios in LA. Expect to hear much more from Colin this year.
What Ted Did: Produced / Engineered / Bass / Synth & Chamblerin / Co-Wrote
Another fun record to make! This was the first record of the “new era” of Red Wanting Blue. The earlier version was more rock, and when I met the band, they really wanted to evolve. I am always happy to hear how many artists love this record! It’s a really solid record, and everyone involved worked extremely hard. Scott Terry (singer) really pushed himself vocally and songwriting-wise, and it was a giant leap from the previous material. I remember lots of late nights discussing lyrics and vibe. I also remember the drummer, Mark Stepro (Butch Walker, Keith Urban, Ben Kweller, etc), and I trading out some of our favorite records. I turned him on to “Head Trip in Every Key” by Superdrag. About 24 hours later he had figured out every part on every instrument!
Pride: The Cold Lover again debuted at No. 1 on Awarestore (Aware Records online store) and several songs were placed on the CBS/VH1 program, Love Monkey as well as the CW hit show Life is Wild. Around this time period it was brought to the bands attention that hundreds of fans across the US tattooed Red Wanting Blue’s symbol (an angel/devil sign – penned by Terry in 1995) on their bodies. Honored, the band thanked those fans in the liner notes of this album. RWB picked up an additional member, guitarist, keyboardist and back-up vocalist Greg Rahm. RWB independently set out on a large tour (headlining venues from mid-level clubs to small theaters) stretching from New York to California. Songs from this album found themselves on XM Satellite Radio. During this time RWB was featured as an unsigned band to watch on Demodiaries.com, Kings of A&R and Hits Magazine.
"Pride: The Cold Lover stands as RWB's breakout endeavor, even if without a major label. This latest offering, recorded at a studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, boasts production know-how from the closest thing to "big time" sound engineers that these guys have experienced. The outcome is startlingly good. Falling somewhere between The Unforgettable Fire-era U2 and the current recipe that drives Our Lady Peace, the 2005 version of Red Wanting Blue is razor-sharp and deft in each of 10 works of art here. In a powerfully enticing play on geometry, "The Formula: proposes, "I'll be your Van Gogh if you'll be every reason why it made so much sense". It's just one of endless literary references that Terry holds out to make Pride more attention-grabbing than prior outings. "Tearing Down Stars" works on every level, a rollicking good musical ride, full of multi-instrumental layers, but an equally intriguing piece of fiction."
Red Rocker - Bullz-eye
What Ted Did: Produced, Additional Keyboards
This was a hard record to make, and not for the normal reasons (weak players, lame songs, etc.) , but because everyone’s standards were extremely high. The band already had a huge regional following in the Northeast along with serious management. The record came down to me and a few guys who have sold millions and millions of records, but I think I got the job because we bonded over our love of early Police and The Cure. Anyway, the album turned out great. The band got signed right way and hit the ground for two years straight performing with (here comes a long impressive list):
The Black Eyed Peas, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Flogging Molly, O.A.R., Rusted Root, Warped Tour, Common, Ok Go, The Roots, Everclear, Dispatch, Live, Guster, Good Charlotte, Gogol Bordello, All American Rejects, Phantom Planet, Story of the Year, The Sugar Hill Gang, Medeski Martin & Wood, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, Matisyahu, Hawthorne Heights, Finch, Rx Bandits, The Living End, Mike Doughty, T-Pain, Hot Hot Heat, Jack’s Mannequin, The Starting Line, Further Seems Forever, Gaslight Anthem, Badfish, Goldfinger, and Lupe Fiasco
Fun Fact: "The Wait" debuted at #7 on Billboard 's Top Internet Album chart (between Coldplay & Black Eyed Peas).
What Ted Did: Produced
Without this becoming a novel, I introduced Colourslide to one another when a band I’d worked with had lost their singer. They grew incredibly quickly and made two fantastic records to date. The first record led to some fantastic placements at ESPN, MTV, and related channels. The song “Wake Up Call” won the Billboard/Maxell Song of the Year and also landed them some spots on the Warped Tour and other major festivals-- not to mention several major label showcases. The second album also enjoyed licensing success, and the band played the biggest industry festivals in the country. Oddly enough, my favorite memory of recording the band was on the track “Through The Crowd." I had a very specific idea for the drums, and Steve Julian (drummer), Rich Stine (engineer), and myself worked late one night to make it happen. In the end we only used four microphones and some *cough* a lot of *cough* compression to get it done.
What Ted Did: Produced / Co-Engineered / Addt Keys / Addt Bass / Co-Wrote
Band from Washington DC