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The Dimes finish recording EP at SugarHill

August 19th, 2006 · No Comments

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SugarHill’s Senior Staff Engineer Steve Christensen recently completed tracking, mixing and producing 6 songs for popular Houston indie/rock band The Dimes.

Well known for his mixing skills, Steve Christensen has an impressive repertoire including Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Cash Money Records, Music World/Sanctuary Urban Records, Ann Margaret, Southern Backtones, Arthur Yoria, Tody Castillo, John Evans and Houston Grand Opera.

The Dimes were tracked to 2” tape at SugarHill’s Studio A and mixed in Protools through a Neotek Elite console in the same studio.

Heavily influenced by The Pixies, The Beatles, The Arcade Fire and The Velvet Underground; The Dimes have created a formidable fan base by playing at Houston venues such as Super Happy Fun Land, and opening for SOUNDteam, Tapes ‘n Tapes and The Deathray Davies.

They were also anointed “MP3 Of The Month” in December 2005 on college radio station Music For Listeners (Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas). The Dimes have also been a favorite on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT 90.1FM’s RadioACTIVE indie rock show with DJ Rhonda Garner.

Christensen opted for a raw production: “Almost all of the songs were built on takes done during our sound check. We didn’t edit the drums, and we didn’t tune the vocals. The band’s greatest strength is their unrefined energy. With most bands, that would be an apology, but the Dimes are truly gifted in their ability to turn sophisticated songwriting into a furiously huge sound.”

The Dimes completed tracking and mixing with Steve Christensen in the period of 3 weeks during the month of July 2006 and have just released the self-titled EP on August 8th of this year. “We had a great time recording at SugarHil,” mentioned guitarist Cley Miller. “Steve was awesome to work with and the vibe at SugarHill is great. We were very happy with our recordings and would love to go back and do it again.”

Catch The Dimes’ next show opening for The French Kicks on September 22nd at Walters on Washington in Houston, TX.

For more information on The Dimes, visit http://www.heydimes.com or http://www.myspace.com/dimes. For more on SugarHill Recording Studios, visit: http://www.sugarhillstudios.com.

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