Frank Black, lead singer of influential rock band, The Pixies, arrived at SugarHill Recording Studios after a recent Houston performance, to track 2 songs in Studio A.
After quitting The Pixies in 1993, Charles Thompson (Black Francis) resumed a critically acclaimed solo career as Frank Black releasing several albums under his new guise. Frank Black has been touring ever since, and he is currently on a North American tour with his band.
After performing at The Meridian, on Wednesday October 11th, Frank Black headed to SugarHill to record 2 new songs. Ben Mumphrey engineered the session assisted by SugarHill’s Senior Staff Engineer Steve Christensen tracking Drums, Bass, Guitars and Vocals to 24-track, 2” inch tape through the studio’s Neotek Elite console.
Feldman has worked with Black since his breakup with The Pixies in 1993, and is most known for being the former bassist and keyboard player for the avant-garde rock band Captain Beefheart. Feldman has also produced The Polyphonic Spree and has worked with artists such as PJ Harvey, Pere Ubu and Snakefinger.
Drummer Billy Block returned to SugarHill Recording Studios after a 20-year absence. A native Houstonian, Block was a session drummer on many SugarHill recordings at the age of 19, particularly many of the Freddy Fender records done at SugarHill in the 70’s.
In addition to playing guitars for Frank Black, Duane Jarvis is a solo artist playing alt-country rock, and is signed to Slewfoot Records.
Because many of the studio staff were fans, emotions ran high during the session. SugarHill Senior Staff Engineer Steve Christensen was quoted saying “Once Frank Black screamed into the microphone, I realized that this is the reason why I record music”
Photo Attached (“Frank Black 1” From left to right): (Top row) Drummer Billy Block, Engineer Ben Mumphrey, Guitarist Duane Jarvis, Bass/Producer Eric Drew Feldman, SugarHill Assistant Engineer Steve Christensen, Assistant Engineer Heba Kadry
(Seated): Charles Thompson a.k.a Frank Black