I'm recording an album for my band right now. I'm doing all the production and recording on it and I had a question for you all...
To preface: We are a band that plays a revivalist take on rock 'n' roll / garage / psych etc. along the lines of The Stooges, The Beatles, MC5, Buddy Holly, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, but also with newer influences like The White Stripes, Black Mountain, Wolfmother, Dead Meadow, etc.etc.
On one hand we had an idea for a faux-concept record where we can only use 8 tracks per song (like 2" tape), record / mix in mono, and only use pre-1979 gear and mics. Master it to sound like it could have been taken out of a 60's record collection.
On the other hand, we could use pro-tools, high-end mics, VST plug-ins, Mastering suite software, etc and get a really polished sound.
This is going to be our second record and we're really searching for a sound. The concept would be great for our 'image' but might come across gimmicky.
The poslished sound could come across like corporate bullshit, and since we are punk guys, that wouldn't work either. I need to find a middle ground, maybe?
what do you think?