The Noise Floor will be relocating to Gabriola Island at the end of May 2013! We are so excited to join the community on “The Isle of The Arts”! May is filling up like crazy as people say goodbye to our fantastic live room here in Ladysmith. We will be closed for the month of June and possibly part of July, though we will be gratefully accepting visitors (especially those of you with power...
ZISSOU SAYS: "THIS WAY TO THE NOISE FLOOR!"
WE ARE MOVING! So we’re having a sale! WE WILL PAY FOR YOUR VEHICLE AND DRIVER, ROUND TRIP - on all bookings of 3 days or more, on dates until May 31st. So basically Vancouver, just get in your car and enjoy checking out that Pacific Ocean, knowing that you’re riding over it’s face for free.
LIFE IS BUT A DREAM
… with wonderful artists like these: White Poppy / N E E D S / Handsome Distraction / Fist City / Bash Bros / Teledrome / Moths and Locusts / Capital Region / Dove / The Mohawk Lodge / KHBR / War Baby / Big Nothing / Ken Oakes / Weed / Dead Soft all of whom we’ve had the pleasure of spending the last few months with. How about some pictures? FIST CITY - LIVE OFF THE NOISE FLOOR ...
2013! Here we are, approaching almost 3 years of recording rad bands in a small town! We’ve had a fun and busy winter so far. December belonged to the Victoria bands for the most part with sessions with super soul group, THE CHANTRELLES, a vist from newcomers GOLDSWORTHY, and our annual Christmas slumber party with the wacky boys of KHBR. Vancouver represented at the end of the month...
Wars '1979 EP'
By Gregory Adams Vancouver pop-punk crew Wars have been pretty quiet since issuing their Pacey from Mighty Ducks LP last year. Sure, the band offered up their live set The Unterrible Brightness of Leaning in January, but they’ve pretty well kept to the practice space throughout the rest of 2012. You can now sample the fruits of their labour, though, via the newly dropped 1979 EP. The title...
So many awesome things to share! We spent a great week with TOUGH MITTS, working on some industrial tinged dance music. We all wore black and smoked cigarettes. Not really. I think we just all made jokes about the dog and listened to Soft Cell. We then mixed 10 tracks for Victoria’s BALACADE, including this gorgeous little gem: Vancouver’s THE COURTNEYS spent a wild weekend...
YOUR HAND IN MINE!
Victoria's Babysitter Sign to Psychic Handshake,...
By Josiah HughesBest known for releasing Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s belovedYT/ST, Montreal imprint Psychic Handshake has had its fingers on the pulse of the Canadian underground for a few years now. Its roster, which also includes Red Mass, Tonstartssbandht, Drainolith, the Wicked Awesomes, Dead Wife and others, will expand with the signing of Victoria, BC group Babysitter. The band, who...
Been having a great summer working with some talented folks from all over the Island and Vancouver. Finished up the new BABYSITTER record which should be out by the end of the year. It’s their first full length LP featuring 13 of their best songs taken from their tape series. We did it over 6 days - 3 recording & 3 mixing. Mixed down to 1/4” 2 track at 15ips. It has some great thru effects...
RANDOM CUTS KOBAN MOTHS AND LOCUSTS
Vancouver's Peace Sign to Suicide Squeeze for 'The...
By Gregory Adams Seattle’s Suicide Squeeze imprint is clearly in the midst of an infatuation with its neighbours to the north in Vancouver. As previously reported, the label issues Nü Sensae’s Sundowning next Tuesday (August 7), and now the label has added another of Lotusland’s punk-oriented bands, Peace, to its roster. The group’s sophomore set The World Is Too Much...
Spin magazine previews the new Peace record "The...
July 31 2012, 12:23 PM ET by David Bevan A first taste of the very un-Google-friendly Canadian outfit’s forthcoming Suicide Squeeze debut The World Is Too Much With Us is the name of British Columbian post-punk outfit Peace’s sophomore full-length, an album the foursome allegedly recorded in Pam Anderson’s hometown (Ladysmith, “a fogged-in...
Stream our 2012 studio sampler, Garden Party!
A great evening. Victoria’s Himalayan Bear performs live off the Noise Floor.
Check out our video of PEACE performing live at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary. This track is off the new record we recorded a few months ago, coming out soon on Suicide Squeeze!
Alan Cross Approved!
Famed music broadcaster and former host of “The Ongoing History of New Music”, Alan Cross, gives his thumbs up on the Sid Johnson record we worked on over the past year! From his blog: “I really enjoy when an independent artist comes out of the middle of nowhere and is simply good at what they do. When they’re honest, and when they sound like they’ve been places, seen and felt...
GARDEN PARTY! A STUDIO SAMPLER.
By Gregory Adams for Exclaim Since it opened its doors in July 2010, Ladysmith, BC recording studio the Noise Floor has become an oft-used getaway for BC bands looking to combine a Vancouver Island vaycay with a top-notch studio session. Engineer Jordan Koop and studio manager Terry Stewart have now collected the cream of the crop for the promotional comp Garden Party. While the 18-song set...
Victoria’s BABYSITTER were in this past week tracking for their upcoming album for the label we’re not allowed to mention yet. They brought bongos and sax and we tracked a few things out in the garden. They return later in the month to mix the album and to finally beat Double Dragon once and for all. Babysitter with their engineer. Aiden at the piano Tracking in the Garden ...
Needles//Pins Talk Debut Album
View original here By Josiah Hughes for Exclaim. Last summer,we reported that peppy Vancouver garage pop trioNeedles//Pins would be readying an LP to be released on budding Lethbridge, AB punk label Mammoth Cave Recording Co. A fair amount of time has passed since then, but the promise has kept true, as the band’s debut LP 12:34 will be released via the imprint on June 1. Speaking with...
Punk rock lives at a small town BC studio. But musicians, be prepared. By Geoff Dembicki, view orignal HERE The Noise Floor’s zen garden. A place of charming paradox. A lot has changed in the hometown of Pamela Anderson since my band Peace recorded its debut LP there a year and half ago. For those unaware, this pastel-coloured town is named Ladysmith, and it’s about a 10...
recordin' with jordan (koop): JANUARY →
recordinwithjordan: I started off the year mixing the new Mohawk Lodge record “Damaged Goods” - my 3rd album with them. The band tracked it all themselves in a house on their digital multitrack thingamajig. In true Mohawk Lodge fashion, a lot of last minute recording took place while I was mixing. Ryder would track…
Today is Sunday, January 29th, 2012...
…and it’s about time we updated the site! January has been our busiest month yet. It’s been awesome, with tons of great projects still to look forward to this spring. We just, like hours ago, said farewell to THE NEW COLOURS out of Victoria. They were here doing bed tracks for an upcoming EP. Before that, Vancouver’s NEEDS were here doing a quick 7” while...
recordin' with jordan (koop): Goodbye 2011 →
recordinwithjordan: My busiest and craziest year yet. The last couple months I worked some really rad bands from Vancouver and Victoria. Let’s see, in the fall I recorded a new record with Seaweedhead. Definitely their best material so far. 2 furious boozed filled days to complete bed tracks. I think we did it? The…
SEAWEED HEAD / HANDSOME DISTRACTION / SID JOHNSON
…have all been in recently. Please check out the Facebook page for pictures from the Handsome Distraction session. I know, not much of an update but it’s cold and my fingers are freezing as I type! How about a photo of Moz watching The Hallows load out? We recorded this EP in September. This week BENJAMIN WOODS returns to work on new material. Next week we’re joined by...
We spent 2 glorious weeks with Teapot Hill from Vancouver and had an AMAZING time. What a cool group of people. They’re all great songwriters and musicians each contributing so much to the finished songs. They’re also all amazing cooks and kept us very well fed. Check out the photos below:
How is it October already?!
We didn’t tell you about all the great music and food we created with Teapot Hill, or about when the Wicks came in, or about how great this Bankrobber record is going to be. We didn’t tell you about mastering a record for Half Chinese or that we finally started mixing sets from Green Mountain, including an incredible Johnny & The Moon performance. This is a quick update, so...
We added some new music to our player, including tracks by Victoria’s OLD NEON and a “Live off The Noise Floor” song by HIMALAYAN BEAR. We have one more weekend in September available and October dates are being penciled in now. Book now for your fall projects!
August has flown by! We did some mastering for EPs by Juvenile Hall and Old Neon, some overdubs with Victoria’s Bankrobber, had a pre-production weekend with The Morning from Vancouver, worked on some commercial pop for Nicholas Krgovich featuring Sarah Sorgiovanni and recorded the Rock of The Woods festival. We also doubled the size of our control room and built some new sound baffles....
Bučan Bučan Session - July 2011
Victoria’s Bučan Bučan came and spent a few days with us recently and they brought a whole whack of instruments - violin, tuba, euphonium, accordion, trumpet, trombone, drums and some gorgeous voices. We did some scratch vocals outside in the garden at night. It was magical having such pretty voices carry throughout the garden over the sound of the waterfall! All of them were so nice...
Sunday. Midnight. Ladysmith.
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We had an amazing time recording the Green Mountain Music Festival on Saturday July 16th. Thank you to James Wood for putting together a great festival for a great cause! The 10+ hours of audio we have sounds great so far! If you are in one of the bands that played, please get in touch about your set. We’ll be sending it out as soon as we get around to mixing it all.
(A)live (on) off the Noise Floor
recordinwithjordan: SeaweedHead are one of my favorite Victoria bands. Check out this live record they recorded in May at my studio.
The Noise Floor takes over Enthusiasm Radio!
Thank you to Kristjanne and Ken for having us on their radio program last Tuesday for our birthday! Listen to the show here: http://dailysplice.com/383344-station/play/only-4957 Here are the songs we played on the show: Peace - The Uma, Uma Truth List Hard Feelings - Maracas The Morning - Break Too Easy Twin Crystals - Punk Heart Benjamin Woods - It Seems I Prefer Himalayan Bear - Live...
Today We are One
Oh my god we made it! Today is the official 1st anniversary of The Noise Floor. One year ago today, after a month of moving in, setting up, renos AND recording an album for Peace, we recorded our pals Hard Feelings and considered ourselves officially open for business. Since then we’ve had a wild time recording some amazing people. Here are our liner notes: Thank you to Dorothy...
Green Mountain Music Festival
We’ll be recording the Green Mountain Music Festival this year in Nanaimo! The Festival is on July 16th at 3116 Northwood in Nanaimo. Line-up includes: BISON BC / BEND SINISTER / RED CEDAR / SUN WIZARD / HIMALAYAN BEAR / CHASING SATELLIGHTS / MINTO / STUMBLERS IN / VICIOUS CYCLES / EARLSTOWN INN / ZELAS HYPE and MEGABEAR. All proceeds from this show are donated to Cystic Fibrosis...
Nicholas Krgovich was in the studio for a week recording vocals for his upcoming album, The Long Hollywood Beat. The record is proving to be a group effort - besides additional recording at home and in New York, primary tracking was done by Colin Stewart at The Hive and the album is being mixed by John Colins at JC/DC. It’s no wonder Nick had to send a fax to Canada Council telling them...
Another Beatroute mention about working with...
BABYSITTER cynics who like to party By Patrick Geraghty I think the war between the freaks and jocks was basically annulled in the ’90s, probably around the time Iggy Pop and Geddy Lee were being sanctioned as the official elevator music to American sport (“Lust for Life” was the Vancouver Grizzlies T-shirt canon theme I recall). Thankfully are still a few wartime stragglers...
A mention in Beatroute about recording WOMANKIND
WOMANKIND rocking recreationally By Joe Smiglicki Womankind is made up of five friends who have been making music together for a couple of years now. This may come as a surprise to some, since the band is pretty low key and have no releases to date. Bass player Rich explains, “We’re just slow. We take our time. We like playing for recreation. Our motivation is just to make music...
SID JOHNSON spent a few more days here recording 4 songs for his new album. Tracked predominantly live off the floor, the songs feature drums, bass, electric guitar, wurlitzer, hammond organ and upright piano. Sid came by again at the end of May to do some experimental jams, including a wicked cover of “Campaigner” by Neil Young.
Live Off The Noise Floor - 2
We capped off May with our second LIVE OFF THE NOISE FLOOR. HIMALAYAN BEAR, SEAWEED HEAD and BANKROBBER, played live off the Noise Floor, to a nice little crowd of devoted fans. The night was a fantastic success and the recordings turned out A-MAZ-ING (if we do say so ourselves!)
Ken Oaks & The Good News Jazz Band
ken oaks & the good news jazz band are in today. drums, rhodes, tenor, alto and soprano sax all live off the floor!