1121 Recording, Desecration Conflict creating fierce debut album
From behind his computer monitors, a producer conjures magic from the musician laying down tracks.
“That’s what’s cool about the modern age,” said Brandon Cramer, “with technology, you can replicate the expensive studios’ sound without having to go to one.”
Cramer was recording guitar tracks for the new Desecration Conflict album with guitarist Chris Burgamy from the confines of his garage, home to 1121 Recording. This is where the producer finds soul through bringing out the best from his brethren musicians.
“I’ve always had a passion for recording,” Cramer said.
The producer said the studio name came from a less passionate, if not equally focused place.
“There’s no reason I picked the name,” Cramer said. “It’s pretty easy to remember.”
The product will be, too.
With his 8-string Red Lair guitar, the singular guitarist is offered the range of sound vectoring from the brightest highs to, most importantly, the thickest of low end crunch. That’s what’s needed to make this latest track “Crossing Lines” come together.
“It’s a lot of instrument,” Burgamy said. “It takes time to get it down.”
Cramer offered a completed track from the forthcoming album called “Grotesque” that lets you know, it’s getting down and offering something new to the local metal scene’s soundscape. His work has captured and transcended genres with other completed recordings the columnist was allowed to hear.
The last release by the late, great Paid In Spades, “Sick,” world premiered on the radio show. There is so much promise found in that track that it’s a testament to the moment in time when the punk trio marked Lawton’s scene for the better.
Cramer, who began as a guitarist in Handguns & Debauchery and later Allusion, then allowed some sneak peaks at a pair of the latter’s latest tracks that are still under development, “Nose to the Grindstone” and “Streets of Gold.” I’m still holding strong that this will be the album of 2020 when it’s completed and will mark a welcome return to this stellar Lawton act. His production will make that happen and he plans for it to hit like a classic album but with the punch of their roots.
“I want it where you enjoy an album as a complete piece,” Cramer said.
The producer’s job is to make the musicians bring out their best. As Cramer and Burgamy worked through the evening to hit the notes just right and get that pinpoint tone, he shared invaluable lessons. Burgamy spoke of recording tracks and thinking they were perfect only to have Cramer goad him into one more take. Invariably, it would be the “right” take. That means sometimes stripping away sentimental parts to make it the perfect part.
“Less is more, that’s what this guy is trying to show me,” Burgamy said. “I’m getting it.”
After getting Desecration Conflict’s lineup right with Burgamy, guitar; Josh Katvala, vocals; Fran Vissepo, drums; Los Vissepo, percusion; and Jason Santina, bass; things are paying off.
“We’ve been rebuilding the past two years,” Burgamy said. “It’s hard to find people that put in the work. I think this is the right combination.”
You can bet the Cramer-produced EP is going to be something to be reckoned with.
You can contact Cramer to inquire about production through the 1121 Recording Facebook page. Keep up with Desecration Conflict via its Facebook page, as well.
I wanted to acknowledge the deaths of a pair of classic rockers who shed this mortal coil in the past week. The loss of both Eddie Money, 70, and The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, 75, leaves a hole in the fabric of great artists of the 1970s and 80s. Both were bigger than life and their music will carry their legacy.
Cramer was joined by Burgamy and his bandmates, Fran Vissepo and Jason Santina, as well as a phone call from Josh Katvala to help make this week’s Today’s Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist one of the funniest, if not most fun to record shows yet out of 144 episodes.
Jokey McJokerson journeyed back to “a galaxy far, far away” for this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:
“None, they prefer the dark side.’”
Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.
Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/.
And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Brothers Outlaw; Thursday: Smilin’ Bob English Band; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night.
Wichita Sounds Band Dance, 911 NW Hilltop Drive. Each Friday, 7 — 10 pm. Traditional country, early rock-’n’-roll, and ballroom. Seven dollar entry includes soft drinks and potluck snacks. No smoking, No alcohol. Everyone welcome. 580-450-7063
BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.
Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free.
Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: Mandee & Blake Thomas.
Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; medicineparktavern.com. Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: 9 Mile Hill; Sunday Funday, 3 p.m.: TBD; second Thursday each month, 8-11 p.m.: Open mic night with Bob Avila and Jack Smiley.
Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 Cache Road, 580-699-3478. Live music Friday 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Thursday, 9 p.m., Karaoke Dude.
Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 9:30 p.m.: Turbo Wizard, Crobone, Temptress; Saturday, 10 p.m.: Silent Fire, Fire Glass, Shame In Nothing: Sunday, 8 p.m., Dead at the Head.
Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music, Jack Tidwell acoustic, 9 p.m.: karaoke with Tony Garrison; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.
Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road, 592-5451, Friday, 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.
Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 6 p.m.: 8th Anniversary Party with Casey Abbe Band.
Wall Street Bar, 23 N. 7th, Duncan, 580-255-7780, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.
Robinson’s Landing Marina & BBQ, north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 7 p.m.: TBD.
Compiled by Scott Rains: srains/staff