From left: Red Letter Agent’s Travis Jones (guitar), James Templeton (vocals/guitar) and Russ Norton (drums) practice handclaps in Sonica’s main tracking room.
Atlanta indies Red Letter Agent (www.redletteragent.com) wrapped up their latest D.I.Y. release, Burn the Good Ones Down, at Sonica Recording (Atlanta) with studio owner John Briglevich co-producing and engineering.
Briglevich says that the studio’s vintage API console and tracking room played a key role in RLA’s “ambient” sound. “We were constantly experimenting with mics, instruments and spaces,” he adds. “From $10 toy mics to the BLUE Bottle, Lawsons and Neumanns, we tried it all. The 1176s and LA-2As got quite a workout, as well. Most important, the band has great songwriting and performing chops and an open mind about production.”
Local alt-rock superstation 99X recently placed the album’s title track in heavy rotation — an opportunity given to few unsigned acts. The CD is available in Atlanta-area retail outlets and on iTunes.