"The band did an impressive job producing the album themselves, recording on analog tape, but the secret star of the entire record is Joe Barresi, who mixes the album so cleanly that every single instrument can be heard across its entire dynamic range. This is a staggering achievement in a genre that has grown so hyperbolically loud, detuned and compressed that many new doom acts increasingly see a bassist as an unnecessary expense."
Make Your Mark with Joe Barresi
Producer/engineer Joe Barresi discovered early on that making incredible records meant way more to him than earning the big bucks. Here's the story of how he was able to carve out a niche for himself by recording bands like Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion and more.
Read an extended interview with Joe here: http://bit.ly/JoeBarresi
Asked by Full Metal Jackie on how the boys managed to capture the live vibe on "The Stage," Shadows replied: "[By working with] a great producer. Joe Barresi brought a lot of new things to the table. And one thing that I had never done was to do full-song vocal takes, where you sing from the very first lyric all the way to the end of the song, and as your voice starts straining, and as it gets a little more tough on the vocals, you get that live feel."
"Joe Barresi mixed it, so that's fucking awesome. [He was] sick to work with..."
"[Joe Barresi's] a guitarist, as well as an engineer and producer.
His guitar tones are stellar... Barresi has great ideas and we'll
cut parts in half if they seem too long. Or he'll say, 'I don't
believe this chorus is strong enough, can you work on something?'
Things like that. He tries to do it in a nice way. So we do trust
him a lot and it's worked out." [www.musicradar.com]
"Joe encouraged us to try different instruments and techniques
and he pushed us to continually play everything until it was right
Every Time I Die
"[Joe] can make up sounds for any instrument out of anything at all. And he has that catalogued in his brain... He knows exactly what amp he has to go get and what levels it has to be at to get that sound he just invented. To see him do that, it was like an alchemy lab in there with a lot of different sounds. He was willing to try anything and everything. Which was great." [www.altpress.com]
Fair To Midland
"We wanted to make more of a performance album. Something less polished. That's what [Joe Barresi] does. He makes good rock records. We wanted to make a good rock record... It's good. We needed a straight shooter. We're not the easiest band to make an album with." [www.mlive.com]
"He is a really great producer. He came to Finland to record our cellos. I would say in the process it was the most fascinating album recording so far. Because we were really innovative in the studio and had many open questions in a recording situation... Joe was really cool guy and open to all the crazy ideas."
"Working with Joe Barresi was great... It's the one record that I can listen to now and say that it's the best we've ever done. The other records, I wasn't disappointed, but I did think that we could have done this or that better, but when I listen to Wavering Radiant, even a year later, I still think it's the best record we've ever made." [www.signalmag.com]