Nippertown’s own Jed Davis had a very busy year in 2010, and 2011 shaping up to be equally fruitful already. Keyboardist-vocalist Davis is working on a new band, the Sevendys, with drummer Sheridan Riley and guitarist Avi Zahner-Isenberg, both members of the Sub Pop recording artists Avi Buffalo.
The Sevendys are interested in transforming the recording process into an adventure by visiting some of America’s most legendary studios like Muscle Shoals, EastWest or Ardent. “Studio recording is arguably a dying art, and in the past decade classic studios have been disappearing faster and faster,” Davis says. “As we brainstormed potential destinations, I thought about how each studio represented a time, a region, and a sound. I began to categorize newly-written songs by appropriateness for a particular studio. A tune that might lend itself to lush sonic experimentation would get earmarked for Dreamland. Something basic, grooving and soulful, for Muscle Shoals.”
They decided to make their first recording journey to SugarHill in Houston. Originally known as Gold Star, it’s the oldest continually-operating studio in the United States. As Davis says, “The air in that room has gotten shook up by all manner of hillbillies and bluesmen, by the Big Bopper and the 13th Floor Elevators. SugarHill isn’t synonymous with a sound, but the studio’s output represents a spectrum of styles that are all genuinely American.