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Inside All Silk Mastering House With Ed Hall (Egos At The Door): Interview, Live Session Premiere

We spend a lot of time covering music here at Dying Scene and not so much looking at the people behind the sounds. Today, we’re going to buck that trend with an interview with mastering engineer and owner of the All Silk Mastering House, Ed Hall.

Ed has spent most of his life in and around the DIY punk scene in the north of England. He’s probably best known as guitarist with the recently disbanded, hugely underrated techcore proggers, Egos At The Door. With Egos, Ed has travelled across Europe and America, allowing him to build a strong network of contacts from the international punk scene.

His latest venture involved the creation of a sonic fantasy lab in an undisclosed location in Colne, Lancashire in the north of the UK. Ed was kind enough to share his experiences setting up the All Silk Mastering House, which has been a complete DIY effort. From construction and decorating, through to fitting the space out with all the necessary gear and, of course, the mastering itself, Ed handles the entire process. He’s an inspiration to all those who long to cast off the shackles of the daily grind and chase their dreams but lack the gusto to take that initial plunge.

Below, you’ll find an interview with Ed, as well as an exclusive look at his latest project – a regular live session from the All Silk Mastering House floor itself. We’ve also thrown in an example of Ed’s recent work with UK garage punks SWEARS’s latest single, Space Invaders.



Album Review: Misgivings – “Hermitage”

Ah—to be young and punk in 2010. The Menzingers had just released Chamberlain Waits, The Flatliners brought us Cavalcade, and Make Do and Mend (remember those guys!?) were a promising newcomer with End Measured Mile. Suddenly, being influenced by Hot Water Music and Leatherface were in vogue and the result was a golden age of gravel-throated melodic punk groups. Since then, the novelty has worn off and melodic punk soldiers on in a decidedly less trendy manner—existing as simply as any other subgenre, with occasional sleeper hits and a total lack of mania surrounding them.

Misgivings from the UK remind me of that golden era. Hermitage is their new album, courtesy of Lockjack Records, and it almost reads as a tribute to the style. While I’m sure they didn’t intend to write a meta-analysis of early-aughties melodic punk, the album so earnestly delivers on its hallmarks, that at least for me, let’s me nod my head in nostalgia for a time that was eight years ago. So, you have crunching chords, noodly (yet tasteful) fretwork, melodically balanced aggression; all fronted with open-throated, plaintive vocals.

“Call it Off” opens the album with some buzzsaw chords and emo lead stylings. If there’s one style that I think might be having its current heyday, it’s emo, and as I see more and more of its tropes seep its way into proper punk, I wonder if we’re surrounded by albums that are being codified into classics as speak—future punk rock classics largely unlistened to by actual punk fans. Are we, as die-hard punk fans being left behind by our own genre because we are not keeping with the times? I don’t know, entirely, whether the genre is evolving while its getting-older sect is stagnating, but I do know this: melodic punk and emo have always been bedfellows, and they continue to merge in interesting ways, but vitally, only in one direction. Look at Mom Jeans, look at Graduating Life—these are bands on the emo forefront incorporating punk rock in interesting ways, they are big bands getting bigger. Misgivings is not  a hanger-on for playing melodic punk—emo influences or not—but it is a glimpse of the other side of the coin. Traditional punk rock, defiantly or not, is not the powerhouse it used to be. “Call it Off” is a good, anthemic song, but you have to wonder, in 2018, can a melodic punk band playing shout-along anthems truly transcend the genre ghetto?

I don’t think so, personally. But, that doesn’t mean Hermitage is a bad album. It might however mean, that melodic punk is now something of a boutique genre. A throwback in and of itself, dedicated to aging Fest-goers the same way record players and typewriters still move at thrift shops. With the state of the scene treatise out of the way, I’ll say that Misgivings are a competent band, and Hermitage does excel at what it aims to do, even if time has blunted its edge.

There is a lot of strong songwriting across the album. “The Artless Life” is a catchy barn-burner that feels almost Billy Bragg-ish in its rootsy, sarcastic call to arms. It engages in a couple of genre cliches (“everyone is singing out of tune”), but otherwise it features a strong chorus and a worthy arrangement. “The Last Word” is another album highlight. The song opens with a thumping bass line that lets the song breathe before jumping into its centerpiece lick, and in a live setting you could easily picture a crowd singing breathlessly along with, “I might be paranoid, but it’s not crazy!”

Hermitage is a solid album of singalong punk that hearkens back to when this subgenre seemingly ruled the scene. Critically, it both suffers and succeeds because of this: Misgivings is playing honest music that has been made canon years ago; but where punk has been, it also shares its DNA with where punk is going—leaving the album itself in a strange Twilight Zone. Ultimately though, this is punk rock: we’re used to not being relevant, and for those who came of age with gravel-throats and singalongs, Hermitage will feel like coming home.

3.5/5



Misgivings (gruff punk) share video for ‘The New Lows’

Misgivings, from Portsmouth, UK, have released another video from their upcoming debut album, Hermitage, due out on Lockjaw Records December 7th.  

The gruff punks sound should appeal to fans of Iron Chic, Banner Pilot or their label mates The Burnt Tapes.

Check out the video for The New Lows below.



Misgivings detail debut album “Hermitage”

 

Portsmouth, UK gruff punks Misgivings  have detailed the release of their debut album, Hermitage. The record is out on Lockjaw Records on 7th December. Details are below.

If you haven’t yet, you can also have a watch of the video for recent single “Call It Off“.



Misgivings Release New Single “Call It Off”

Portsmouth, UK gruff punks Misgivings  have released a new single. “Call If Off” is the first track from their upcoming debut album, Hermitage, their first release on their new home Lockjaw Records.

The band have also released a video for the track, which you can watch below.



Misgivings (Melodic, UK) Stream Single “The Artless Life”

UK-based punk rock band Misgivings have released a single titled ‘The Artless Life’. It’s been taken from their debut album, Hermitage (scheduled for release in mid-2018). A full track listing and further release details will follow soon.

You can find a stream of ‘The Artless Life’ below. Misgivings last released a 7″ split with Szyslak in 2016.


Szyslak and Misgivings (UK pop-punk) stream two song split

UK pop-punk bands Szyslak and Misgivings have joined forces to bring you two fast paced, melodic rockers.

The split was independently released on August 1st. Stream the songs “Put Words” and “On Your Tongue” below.



Misgivings stream new track “Elsewhere”

Gritty UK melodic punks Misgivings have just released a stream of their brand new track “Elsewhere.” It’s crass, heavy-pounding, and laced with a distinctive working-class British charm. Check it out below.

“Elsewhere” is available on Bandcamp for a price of your choosing. It marks the band’s first release since “Delete History” back in 2014.



Misgivings streaming new EP “Delete History”

Gritty UK melodic punks Misgivings are now streaming their new self-released EP, Delete History, in its entirety and you can check it out right here! The EP will be released today, and you can pick up a copy at the band’s bandcamp page.



Misgivings (melodic punk) to release new EP “Delete History,” stream track “Century”

Gritty UK melodic punks Misgivings have announced plans to self-release their new EP “Delete History” on November 3rd, 2014. The group is streaming “Century,” the first track from the new album, and you can check it out below!



Introducing new gritty punk act Misgivings (free EP download)

If you’re a fan of gritty punk rock in the vein of bands like Dead To Me and Red City Radio, you’re probably gonna want to give Misgivings a listen! The 4-piece punk act from the good ol’ United Kingdom released their debut effort, a two-track demo, yesterday and you can stream it (and download it for free) right here.