KISS' Paul Stanley Predicts Analog Revival

10/10/2012
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KISS founder Paul Stanley spoke with Rolling Stone about the band's new album, Monster, and he discussed their return to analog recording for the effort and how he expects other artists to join KISS and Foo Fighters in returning to the medium.

He tells the magazine: "I have nothing against technology. When technology trumps emotion and feel, when somebody will tell you something is good by looking at a computer screen rather than seeing if they're sweatin' or tapping their foot, I'm out of there. We recorded analog and we sat around with our amps next to us. It was great. It's always exciting when you're doing something without any input from outside sources. Nobody heard the album until it was done. I wasn't interested in what anybody else thought. There were three other guys in the room whose opinions I valued, and that was it.

When asked if expected others to return to analog, he responded: "Yeah, when it becomes clear that people have strayed from what the essence of what we're doing. As a matter of fact, I was talking to Dave Grohl this morning when we dropped our kids off at school. He's doing a documentary [about the studio Sound City], on the great history of it. The music and the people it inspired were recorded on tape. They didn't have pedal boards where you push a button on the right and it gives you cappuccino. Gear that looks like Star Trek isn't what any of our heroes played on. If you can't get a great sound with your guitar plugged into an amp, you need a new guitar or a new amp." Read the Rolling Stone interview here.

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