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Rock Grows in Weed


Pictured in Studio A, from left: GFE
members Tobias Hawkins III, Jeff Left, Ty
Gerhardt, James Maize and producer/
engineer Rich Veltrop

The Girlfriend Experience, a San Francisco — based hard rock band featuring members of Ing, Counting Crows and Laundry, recently wrapped up a two-week session at Syliva Massy Shivy’s RadioStar Studios (Weed, Calif.). Shivy and Rich Veltrop co-produced several songs for the band’s full-length debut, When In Rome…Do As the Lions, tracking on Studio B’s Amek TAC and Neve BCM-10 consoles, and mixing on Studio A’s Neve 8038. GFE reportedly approached Shivy because of her experience with like bands such as Tool, Powerman 5000 and System of a Down, and the results, as noted on the group’s Website (, are “simply awesome.”