IN KEY: Keyboards are not in short supply at the Fernvale recording studio, where acclaimed Melbourne nine-piece band Saskwatch chose to record.
IN KEY: Keyboards are not in short supply at the Fernvale recording studio, where acclaimed Melbourne nine-piece band Saskwatch chose to record. Contributed

Renovated church perfect for Saskwatch recording

AFTER a rapid rise to fame and acclaim, Melbourne nine-piece band Saskwatch could have chosen just about anywhere to record their anticipated second album.

In the end, they chose a renovated church in Somerset.

For three weeks they recorded 13 indie pop tracks at Applewood Lane, a recording studio facility nestled in Fernvale.

The venue's house engineer and producer is Magoo, a multi award-winning Australian music producer who has worked with artists like Powderfinger and Midnight Oil.

Saskwatch trumpet player and chief songwriter Liam McGorry said Fernvale's tropical bushland setting made the recording process very relaxing.

"It was a peaceful environment - a lot different from the hustle bustle of Melbourne," he said.

"The studio used to be an old church, which made for an interesting space to play in.

"The acoustics were amazing - any sound you made in that room sounded great."

McGorry said the band had long been a fan of Magoo's and when the time came to record their second album, his name was at the top of their list for producers to work with.

"Collaborating with him was such a great experience...we're all looking forward to having the album released this month."

The group, which started out busking in the streets have gone on to play at some of the world's biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury in the UK.

Their second album, Nose Dive, will be out on Friday, April 11. Saskwatch will be back up in Queensland to play at Bluesfest Byron Bay on April 19 and 21.



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