I donâ€™t care who the engineer on your album is and Iâ€™m sure 99 per cent of the musicâ€“listeningÂ population agrees. Sure, you may end up with a professional sounding recording but ultimately, what makes the music good, is just that – the music. Monks of Mellonwah may have used former Nirvana engineer Howie Weinberg (he mastered Nevermind), but Nirvana didnâ€™t use that fact to bring attention to their album â€“ their music, lyrics, guitar riffs etc., did that. Mr. Weinberg may not have the reputation if Nirvana were not a great band to begin with.
The rock band Monks of Mellonwah from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia have released a four song EP. I believe that if a band puts out a record of only four songs, they had better be fantastic. Unfortunately, I was completely underwhelmed (if thatâ€™s a word) by the Monks and this release. The title song â€śNeurogenesisâ€ť has a very Alice in Chains flavour to it. But unlike Alice in Chains, it seems theyâ€™ve built the song around the chorus and thrown in a couple of obscure sounding, metaphorical verses for good measure. Iâ€™m just not buying it. The other three songs donâ€™t even have a hooky chorus to make me interested in them. I think these boys may have a future if they actually work to improve their song craft and by that, I mean, read a little poetry, maybe some of the classics. Donâ€™t worry so much about the quality, big-name engineers and producers because though the recording may sound polished, it needs substance to draw the audience in. Some of my favourite albums were produced on four-tracks in the song writerâ€™s living room.
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