OXFORD COLLAPSE - "HESTER XMAS"

Producing, engineering, mixing

I first met Oxford Collapse when my former band Get Him Eat Him played a handful of shows with them and Toronto's incredible Constantines in 2005. In 2008, Oxford Collapse frontman Mike Pace got in touch with me to see if I could record a song the band was working on for a holiday charity compilation being curated by the Hard to Find a Friend blog and featuring contributions from Karl Blau, American Analog Set and Pattern Is Movement.



At the time of recording, Oxford Collapse was without a rehearsal space, so we set up their drums at Get Him Eat Him's space in Bushwick. I brought over some microphones and preamps, and we did basic tracking in a couple hours. For the drum sound, I relied primarily upon a Sage Electronics BOVA Ball and a Beyerdynamic m160, supplementing as necessarily with close mics on the kick, snare and toms. Guitar and bass were tracked direct, and acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion were overdubbed the following day.


I mixed "Hester Xmas" to bring out the song's dynamic structure and palpable melancholy. Unfortunately, the mastered version of "Hester Xmas" contains some unpleasant digital clipping during the song's louder passages. As such, I have included the original, unmastered version of the song here. Peace on Earth II was released digitally on November 18th, 2008.


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