SOil Share Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the Making of Their Latest Album, ‘Whole’

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

In September, hard rockers SOiL will hit the road with Tantric in support of their latest album, 2013′s Whole, which marked the return of original lead singer Ryan McCombs. In anticipation of the tour, McCombs and bassist-vocalist Tim King shared some behind-the-scenes stories behind the making of the record.

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  • The album was recorded over the course of six weeks in Los Angeles, California, with Producer Ulrich Wild.
  • The band stayed at an apartment complex and adopted a stray cat Ryan nicknamed “Junkyard.”
  • Tim ate Mexican food at least once a day for the entire recording session (taking only one day off).
  • Ryan drank Captain Morgan at least once a day for the entire recording session (taking only one day off).
  • Photos for the new album were shot by photographer Stephanie Cabral in Ulrich Wild’s studio and along a bridge overlooking the city next to a homeless man.
  • Drums for the new album were tracked in only two days.
  • Tim took an “orange break” everyday under an orange tree behind the studio and ate one hand0picked orange. (Some believe to counter act all the Mexican food.)
  • There was absolutely no auto-tune or studio “tricks” used on the album. The band was going for an organic and natural vibe.
  • The cover concept for the album ‘Whole’ was derived from a magazine article Ryan was reading on the flight to Los Angeles.
  • Tim broke apart the entire dresser in the apartment the band stayed in (mostly on top of the band’s tour manager’s head) and rearranged the furniture so they would not get charged. And it worked!
  • During the last week of recording ‘Whole,’ Tim played an MS benefit concert at the Whiskey a go go alongside such greats as Glen Hughes, Rick Springfield, and Billy Idol to help the MS charity set up by longtime publicist friend Nancy Sayle.  Two days later SOiL performed at the Whiskey, as well as, as a “wrap up” to the recording session.
  • The band took a night off during the recording session to surprise SOil guitarist Adam Zadel with a bachelor party in Las Vegas.
  • It took two days to recover from the bachelor party in Las Vegas.
  • The band beat the hell out of the rental car they used during the recording of the album because they purchased the “damage waiver” and wanted to get their money’s worth.
  • The album was mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Productions in Tampa, Florida. James is best known as a guitarist in the death-metal bands Death, Obituary, and Disincarnate, all of which were childhood favorites of Tim and Adam.
  • During their stay in Los Angeles, SOiL discovered their favorite new game: “Cards against humanity.”


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