Pacific Northwest trio’s latest album out this Friday
After all these decades, the Seattle region of Washington continues to serve as a beacon of rock ‘n’ roll for the listening world.
And in the spirit of such storied Pacific Northwest acts of yore like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Screaming Trees, the trio Under The Puddle persevere a tradition where college radio meets AOR with an anthemic, timeless sound.
On their new LP Safe In Sound, the Snohomish River Valley-based unit – comprised of singer-guitarist Mitch Clausen, bassist Collin Paynter and drummer Jake Board, – creates an organic, authentic feel akin to a long lost nugget from a bygone era. Tracked to two-inch tape and mixed with both analog and digital technology the Safe In Sound captures the magic that comes combining the old with the new.
Written in Clausen’s cliffside cottage overlooking the Pilchuck River, the Safe In Sound represents the strongest lineup in the band’s history playing some of their most diversified work yet. “As of today, we are a group of guys who truly love music, coming together on this project and committing to it” says Clausen. “We are enjoying every second of the process.”
Recorded at the iconic Bear Creek Studio (Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Train), the record was engineered by Taylor Carroll, who also co-produced with Clausen and lent a hand with percussion. Clausen’s vocal coach Susan Carr (Chris Cornell, Mastodon) provided essential guidance throughout the process.
“This album is a representation of an artist’s reflections over a 16 month period of time,” explains Clausen. “Using elements of the seasons, a burning desire to dream and the power of love to shape and direct the course of the project. Here’s hoping everyone can find themselves ‘Safe In Sound.'”
Listen to the entirety of Safe In Sound, which comes out on this Friday, below.