ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ryan Young experienced a “first” during the recording of his new album.
The fiddle player for indie rock band Trampled By Turtles says it took the band less than 10 days to record the album.
“This is the longest that we’ve ever spent in the studio,” he says during a recent phone interview. “We had 10 days scheduled and didn’t use all of them. But I think this is our best record yet.”
The album, “Wild Animals,” will be released in July. The band has released its first single, “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” and it’s currently gaining some steam on radio.
Young says the band went to Cannon Falls, Minn., and recorded at Pachyderm Studios.
“This is where Nirvana recorded its ‘In Utero’ album,” he says. “It was pretty cool to be there and know the history of the studio.”
Young and crew, which includes Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug, Dave Carroll and Erik Berry, also worked with a producer, Alan Sparhawk, for the first time. Young says prior to this recording session, the band did all of the production themselves.
“The reason the album is our best yet is because of Alan,” he says. “He took the time and slowed us down in the studio. He really paid attention to the harmonies and made sure that we were keeping ourselves on track.”
Young says Sparhawk is in the Minnesota-based band Low and wanted to work with the band.
“He really pushed us into getting the sound more polished,” he says. “We had never had that happen for us before and I’m really glad to have had Alan’s help.”
Though the album comes out in July, Young says the band will begin to play festivals, as well as a headlining tour, and will play Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside of Denver.
“It’s always fun to begin something new,” he says. “The best part about what we do is we’re able to get out and just perform and meet new people.”