Thunderbird Divine's "Magnasonic" is its first official recording. The band's four members, Erik Caplan, Mike Stuart, Flynn Lawrence and Adam Scott, joined forces in March 2017, and this collection is the fruit of their union.
Drawing influences from both standard and diverse sources, Thunderbird Divine wrangled instrumentation uncommonly used in rock's usual vernacular, such as marxolin, mandolin, synthesizers and other oddities to create unexpected tones mixed with classic arrangements. The result is music with depth and textural complexity not usually experienced with a band's first outing.
Recorded by Ted Richardson (TedAudio-- www.facebook.com/TedAudio)
and Charles Newman (Cottage Sounds-- www.facebook.com/cottagesounds/)
in Philadelphia and Brooklyn respectively, "Magnasonic" shows a band unafraid to experiment with sounds without abandoning the essential nature of hard rock and psychedelia.
The album was mixed by Charles Newman, who had unenviable task of balancing a multitude of sometimes divergent sound sources to create these solid, creative and sonically dense songs.
Released on CD format by Connecticut's Salt of the Earth Records (www.saltoftheearthrecords.com
), "Magnasonic" has truly been a voyage and labor of love.
Now available in three different colored vinyl versions via Interstellar Smoke Records.
released January 11, 2019
Produced by Thunderbird Divine
Mixed by Charles Newman and Thunderbird Divine at Cottage Sounds (Brooklyn) www.facebook.com/cottagesounds/
Mastered by Tom Rogers Atomix Studios (Los Angeles) www.facebook.com/AtomixStudios/
Recorded by Ted Richardson/TedAudio (Philadelphia) www.facebook.com/TedAudio
and Charles Newman at Cottage Sounds
Erik Caplan: Lead vocals; 6-string, 12-string, and tenor resonator electric guitars; bass guitar; acoustic guitars; bouzouki; marxolin; mandolin; theremin; noise box
Flynn Lawrence: Six-string, baritone and tenor resonator electric guitars; electric sitar; acoustic guitars
Adam Scott: Electric bass guitars; acoustic guitar
Mike Stuart: Drums; percussion; backing vocals
Charles Newman: Electric piano, organ, synth
Andy Martin: Lead/backing vocals on "Qualified" and "The Devil's Hatband"
Kermit Lÿman III: Lead/backing vocals on "Qualified" and "'Til Shiloh"
Brittany Marie & Avalicious: Backing vocals on "Qualified," "'Til Shiloh" and "The Devil's Hatband"