You can’t swing a dead cat in this town without hitting someone who’s in a band. I stopped in at the Majestic diner on Ponce de Leon Avenue to grab some lunch this afternoon and caught up with the manager and HAWKS/Überchriist/AkuYou drummer Shane Patrick. I hit record and this pop-up interview is what we got.
Chad Radford: What are you doing this weekend?
Shane Patrick: AkuYou is going to Athens tomorrow (Sat., Feb. 18) to record with Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk. The studio has no name — well, if it has a name, he’s never ever called it that.
How many songs are you going to record?
Maybe 15 songs. … In one day. Hopefully not two days. We’re going to try for one day and leave day two open for percussion tracks and extra sounds.
… I just texted Kyle. He wrote, “Ronniejonesound,” all one word. I asked him if he’s serious. He says yes, he’s serious, that’s why he doesn’t like to tell people the name. Who’s Ronnie Jones?
I don’t know, but I feel like I should know, like it's some obscure member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, or something. I tried to Google the name just now, and I sincerely doubt that he named the studio after the assistant football coach at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.
The plot thickens …
Indeed it does. So, a lot of your songs rely on just as much improvisation as they do on actual songwriting, does that make recording this band any different from what you do with HAWKS or Überchriist?
There's gonna be a lot of material crammed into a little amount of time, but everyone’s recording live, including vocals, so it’s a pretty natural thing, and shouldn’t require a lot of time. The thing about AkuYou is this: Because of the way we play our songs, and they aren't structured the same way every time we play them, we rely on each other for cues and parts, so if we’re not all there something could be lost. We kind of have to record like this.
I’m also trying to round up all of the crazy metal objects that I can find to make as many odd sounds as I can. AkuYou is not a normal band — when your guitarist can write an entire song based on just one sound that he heard, you kind of have to make as many strange sounds as you can, preferably with large metal objects.
I have a chunk of metal pipe that I found. I’m going to try to drill a hole in it so I can hang it up by a string and hit it with a hammer. If I can’t drill through it I’ll just toss it in the air and hit it with a hammer so I don’t hamper the sound — I'll be like, “Kyle, I need to take the mics outside! If I don’t, this piece of metal is going to go through one of your walls.”
Kyle just texted back and says that “Kyle’s Place” works, too.
Ask him about Ronnie Jones.
He says, “A crazed redneck partier that used to own a steakhouse in Athens called RJ T-Bones.”
That's kind of amazing. Is this some sort of Harvey Milk Joke?
He says “It seemed like a good idea at the time, or at least funny. But of course it helps to know who he is which almost nobody does. Oh well.”
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