TN:63 IDLES, Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan

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By In The Woods

TN:63 IDLES, Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan

Tuesday, 23 February

In this episode John is joined by Idles guitarist Mark Bowen along with co-producers Nick Launay and Adam “Atom” Greenspan to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the band’s latest album ‘Ultra Mono’.

Unearthing backstage phone demos and rehearsal room recordings, Bowen, Nick and Adam look back on how the album was pulled together, from the band’s chats about concepts to the eight days recording the whole record. 

Reminiscing on their time in La Frette Studios, we hear stories of both the raucousness and intense focus encapsulated within an Idles session. The trio dig into the explosive drum recording, their staircase microphone setup and the special sauce that forms the very essence of an Idles track.

Listen to find out what happened when Warren Ellis made a surprise studio visit, why everyone got sent out of the room during some of the vocal takes, and why civilised French lunches were so key to the album’s success.


Tracks discussed: War, The Lover, A Hymn


Listen to 'Ultra Mono' here.

'Ultra Mono' - Partisan Records


Fender Baritone Guitar

Dolo Stammen Pedal

Moog MiniFooger Ring Mod Pedal 

 Lo-fi Junky 

Fender Twin Amp



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Fender Bassman 800

Ampeg SVT

Roland Jazz Chorus

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Neve 1081

API Console

Neve Console

Aston Stealth Mic 

Sound Toys - Alter Boy 

Fab Filter EQ





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