Hey, Studio Rat! It's Spring!

 Shot on my iPhone a few nights after daylight savings time. I look forward to more evening strolls like this.

Shot on my iPhone a few nights after daylight savings time. I look forward to more evening strolls like this.

Happy Spring, people! Per usual, the Minnesota winter sucked every last drop of Vitamin D from my corpse-like structure, yet all of a sudden, there’s daylight after 7 pm, gentle rain and birds, open patios ripe with local brews...I kind of want to crack a smile, possibly sneak in a laugh or two. However, before I get too drunk on spring, here is what’s been happening in the studio.


is a new project that’s been brewing for a while, starring guitarist/bassist Charlie Bruber (of Tabah), vocalist/guitarist Joseph McQuillan, and lyricist Ben Carlson. It's Nick Drake’s warm acoustic guitar meets the commanding and heart-wrenching vocals of Jeff Buckley, sprinkled with spacious, gritty analog synth pads. We hope to have their debut full-length wrapped up this fall.


is a fiery power trio starring Gabe Schmidt on guitar and lead vocals, Mitch Schumer (of my band, William Within) on bass/vocals, and Mike Cyrs on drums/vocals. Not only are these guys extremely fun to work with, their songs are highly infectious. Only a few overdubs -- their live sound is plenty huge without the extra noise. Did I say huge? I meant more of a "YUUUUUGE". We hope to have this record done by the fall too.

I’ve also done some shorter tracking days with Andy Engstrom (of Whitetail), Sadman & The Gonzo Experiment, and Derek Rohlf, and I’ve been assisting on a few sessions for the new Sonny Knight & The Lakers LP over at Secret Stash Recording Studio.

I’m looking forward to a few upcoming live recordings I’ll be running and Tabah demoing later this month. 

April is booked up, but let me know if you want to work together in May or June! Shoot me an email at alex@apsimpson.com for dates and rates!

 Photo by Gary Bingner

Photo by Gary Bingner

william within is heading into the studio

After four successful shows at the Entry, Kitty Cat Klub, Triple Rock, and The Cedar, my band William Within will be hitting the studio later this month to start tracking for our next release! I’m not exactly sure what form it’s going to take, but in some ways that’s the best part. We’re eager to get working on the songs we do have prepared, and hopefully everything else falls into place with greater speed and ease than last time (our most recent EP took nearly three years).