• 77 Bright Gloom (LP, £17.95)

    Since ’77 are true enthusiasts of rock it is no surprise that “Bright Gloom” is the hard rock album that you would expect from the quartet surrounding the brothers Armand (lead singer/rhythm guitar) and LG (lead guitar/backing vocals) Valeta. “This time we didn’t want to overthink and just play what comes natural to us”, explains LG. An approach that created two contrasting vibes on the album: a darker and a brighter atmosphere. “As we wanted to emphasise the concept of duality we came up with the album title, ‘Bright Gloom’..” The album was recorded live onto tape in Brazil Studios in Madrid between November and December of 2017 with the well-known Spanish producer Raül Refree and Javier Ortiz as engineer assistant. “We mixed it from the 24track tape onto a 2 track tape with analogue gear such as compressors, EQs, tape delays and spring and plate reverbs. The analogue orgy really goes all the way, as the mastering by Alex Psaroudakis was done from a 1/4 inch tape onto a 1/2 inch tape and the vinyl master from the 1/2 inch tape straight into the lacquer.” Their new bassist Dani Martin shares the same passion: “He is a 70s freak, too, he is a very easy going guy who loves music and gear.”


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