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Studiophile: February 2013

Chicago-based rock band, Shiloh! just recently finished its second full-length record, Mrs at Handwritten Recording in Lakeview. The band has also agreed to release their CD on Nashville-based label Rhed Rholl. Reckless Records will begin streaming Mrs. on Feb. 5 while the band will hold its record-release show at The Speakeasy in Rogers Park on Feb. 9. This happening is so exclusive and secretive the band will only publish the venue address on its Facebook page on the day of the show at facebook.com/shilohchicago. No word on a secret handshake.

Chicago’s The Damn Bats will be tracking their new single, “Fever Blood” in February for a March 1 release to coincide with their appearance at the Chi-Town Anarchy Fest at The Mutiny in Chicago. The single is being produced by frontman Major Mistake and ‘Bats guitarist Dr. Pizza at their Joliet-based home studio.

North suburban band Chase Aways recently completed a week of recording at Hammerhead Studios in Island Lake. Engineer Mr. Trent tracked 17 songs for the band, while owner Ken Perrone managed the group to keep everything on schedule. Chase Aways will be back at Hammerhead Studios in February to complete tracking and begin mixing their album, due for release in spring 2013.

Anatomy Of Habit is pleased to announce that they just wrapped up the recording of their second LP at Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago. The band recorded “Radiate And Recede” and “Then Window.” Both tracks clocked in at an epic length of 20 minutes. Soma’s Sanford Parker engineered and mixed the sessions and is co-producing the album with the band. Anatomy Of Habit members (Blake Edwards, Kenny Rasmussen, and Mark Solotroff) were joined by Will Lindsay (Indian, ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolves In The Throne Room) and John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea And Cake). McEntire previously engineered and co-produced the band’s 2012 self-titled EP.

Radiance Music Services in Homewood recently finished recording vocals with Chicago native Steve Reimer of Fierce Atmospheres and his latest tribute project, Black Dog: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Hits, that’s being released through Nashville-based label Versailles Records. Session tracks were also recorded by local musicians: bassist Lance King and drummer Rik Kroll. Radiance Music Services owner and guitarist Eric J. Gosselin, along with Iowa-based guitarist Dan Banker also contributed to the track, “Achilles Last Stand.” Radiance also recently tracked a single for South Siders Expired Empire and a three-song casino/club demo for Elvis tribute band Elvis Velveeta. That’s all right mama.

At Soundscape Recording in Chicago they have recently upgraded the facilities with a Maag Audio EQ4 for their analog vocal chain in the A Room and a Dangerous Music BAX analog mastering equalizer. Acclaimed studio designer Carl Tatz returned from Nashville to re-tweak their speaker system and add two additional sub woofers, giving the studio a total of four 2000-watt subs.

Soundscape B Room engineer Jabari Rayford is now offering vocal production services. Jabari will tweak client vocalists with natural coaching and arrangements, plus  electronic techniques (Melodyne, Auto-Tune).

Hey Studiophiler: To get your studio or band listed in “Studiophile,” e-mail info to ed@illinoisentertainer.com, subject Studiophile, or fax (773) 751-5051. We reserve the right to edit submissions for space. Deadline for March 2013 issue is February 15. March also marks the return of IE’s 32nd Annual Studio Guide. If your studio is interested in participating in this year’s guide email John Vernon at service@illinoisentertainer.com or call 773-533-9333, ext. 106.

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