This is our first ever experience recording with a professional producer. We drove out to Lancaster, PA to work with Ricky Armellino. A few of our friends back in Jersey had recorded with him, and highly recommended going to Lancaster to have him do our first EP.
So we get in touch with Ricky and set up our dates to record. When we first got out there, it’s all corn fields, cows, bulls, and farms along the Pennsylvania turnpike. We constantly joked, wondering if Ricky was actually Amish. But we eventually get there and meet Ricky, and almost immediately got to work. Within an hour of meeting him we were tracking guitars.
This may seem intense, but it really wasn’t. Ricky is one of the easiest people to work with that we’ve ever met. He flows through all the songs in a strategic way, and it’s just a creative and calm environment to bounce ideas back and forth.
We also asked Ricky’s opinion on where we should eat in the area. Lancaster has some absolutely incredible places to eat, such as the Sandwich Factory, Robburrito’s, Knight and Day Diner, and many others. We have so many fond experiences of our journey’s with Lancaster food, like the hostesses of one restaurant flirting with all of us because they’d never met a metal band before, or putting ghost pepper hot sauce on our burritos.
All in all, choosing to record with Ricky for our first ever EP and professional recording, was one of the best choices we could’ve made.
If you want to hear that EP being referenced above, you are in luck. Counterfeit Culture released Deathwish last month and you can buy a copy here.