Feels Like Sunday's Nate Smith will begin work on his second Albuquerque compilation this month. The project, Rock Outside the Box Vol. II, is shaping up to be an ambitious follow up to 2003's Vol. 1., which featured 14 tracks from as many bands. The new album will draw heavily from an original roster that included Unit 7 Drain, Foma, Oktober People, Hit by a Bus and Ki. My source hinted that the number of bands may climb in to the low 20s ... perhaps warranting a double disc? Huzzah! If you're still hungry for hot local action, keep your eyes peeled on www.KronikIndustries.com. The production team that brought us Fast Heart Mart's documentary film Arrhythmia is rumored to have a DVD compilation in the works. Nothing's confirmed though. In the meantime, a whole lot of Burque bands can look forward to schlepping back and forth to Santa Fe's Stepbridge Studios, where they'll lay down tracks for Rock Outside the Box.
Speaking of studios, local recording service Scream Along Songs just got a nice new one to call home. Sanctuary Sound Studio is a cherry three room studio located in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. The studio boasts a digital 32 channel console, professional-quality mastering equipment, and a very hip look and feel. Scream Along producers Jeremy Scott and Christopher Scott claim that it's ergonomically designed to be a "a sonic refuge" for your creative soul. Dare you believe them? Check it out for yourself at www.sanctuarysoundstudio.com.