Can you spot our naturally-camouflaged new pal?

Before heading to Austin for SXSW, we stopped at Sundayhouse where we laid down three tracks in anticipation of our forthcoming full-length (more on that later.)  We received the royal treatment from our new friends Stephen and Phoebe Ceresia, and the session went exceptionally well considering the relatively limited time we had to work with.  We recorded Spiraling Sky and Two Fins, both of which are brand new, as well as Bite Marks, which has been around for a while but has previously only gotten studio attention at Daytrotter.  The tracks are currently in post-production and are not yet ready for public dissemination, but all three are in our current set and will be performed at our next show at the PS Collective in Omaha on March 31st.

Sundayhouse is a fantastic studio in a 150-year-old house in historic Bastrop, Texas.  The house was originally built in the 1850s and was first owned by the Mathis family, and in the last few years the Ceresias have more than doubled the size of the house with an addition that contains a state-of-the-art control room, a vocal iso-chamber, and a living room/recording space with a cathedral ceiling to promote ideal acoustics for recording.  The original part of the house features the original wood floors, ceilings, and walls, and two bedrooms with accomodations for up to five musicians.  And, not to be overlooked is the amazing cooking of Phoebe and Stephen, which was not only incredibly delicious but contained enough nutrients to keep us sustained through Austin and back home to Omaha.  We have recorded in some first-rate studios before but never experienced anything quite like this.

Here are some selections from our Bastrop photo gallery:

Alex, Phoebe, Stephen, Ian, Kacynna, Will, Jeremy

Jeremy hard at work

Chicken coop in the back yard

Antebellum mansion next door

Pastoral beauty just down the street

Old-time soda fountain on Main St. in downtown Bastrop

Sundayhouse AKA Mathis House

Check back soon for the full report from SXSW and NX35!