Hope & Social at the Studio // The Sound Gallery visit the Crypt [by Barnaby Aldrick]

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.uk

Last week Phil Barber, Rob Booker & I joined our pals Hope & Social at the Crypt where they’re in the process of recording their second album.

They’ve done various creative gigs and events at the Crypt before and for some reason had a feeling it was in a romantic hamlet on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.  It turns out it’s nestled in the urban sprawl in Liversage, on the way out to Bradford.  But the church itself is a beautiful old thing, and for a good few years, Hope & Social have hired the underground ‘crypt’ and converted it into their studio.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.uk

The lead singer Simon and his wife are about to have a baby, so they’ve decided to write, jam out & record an album in a month before she drops.

It’s an unusual way to do it and it was ace to hear the song they were working on take shape over a few live takes.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.uk

We chatted with them and their promotions / social media man Ben Denison (@bendenison) about various exciting future projects they had in mind.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.uk

They have a great philosophy in their approach and are all about getting their fanbase involved as much as possible. They’re brewing ideas to get fans down to dine at the crypt while they play, are toying with inviting other bands in to record a cover track in a day (nominated by their twitter follwers), and are currently asking fans to twitter them names of towns which they are then going to work into the lyrics of one of  their new songs “Marching on through” Check their twitter if you want in#hopeandsocial #crowdsourcing

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukTalking of brewing, I liked this sign by the kettle…

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukNew song ideas taking shape on the wall.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.uk

It’s pretty sweet being able to document an established band in the middle of their creative process. They’re all such consummate musicians.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukI’ve seen valve amps before, but didn’t realise the valves actually glow as they’re working.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukRich, trying to get what’s in his head out through the pedals.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukThey weren’t doing much brass on today’s track, but I caught this one of their trumpet man chillin’ in the corner.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukEd, also an ace photographer, was working his many varied keyboards. The sounds you get blowing into this melodica is quality.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukNothin like a fender headstock.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.ukThe studio was so full of fantastic instruments, paraphernalia & details they’d added over the years.

I was particularly amused by the ‘No Jazz Chords’ poster.

Hope & Social at The Crypt by Barnaby Aldrick for www.TheSoundGallery.co.uk

It was a good few hours later when we left, but probably only half way through their working day (which I hear generally rolls from 11am>4am)

Hope & Social are such an interesting forward-thinking band, tapped into social media (check their website, twitter: #hopeandsocial & facebook) and published their last album ‘Architect of this Church’  a la Radiohead with a ‘pay what you like’ policy.  As it can be yours for as little as 1 pence you’d be mad not to get involved, especially as the last three songs are sublime.  Download it here now!

You’ll no doubt be hearing more from the 3B’s & the Hope & Social crew, so stay tuned…

Ben Denison - Wonderful story board of images Barnaby. You really captured the magic of the place. To think of all that craft going on underneath that church as the sun sets and after….very nice.

Thanks for the mention too, really looking forward to working with you on some projects this year.

Annette - Great pics! I have never seen the church in the daylight! lovely place! really great pics!

Robb - Wow – about time we had a local studio!

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