Photo courtesy of Rope Store
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Some artists prefer the outdoors to get their creative juices flowing. Wide open plains, spectacular mountains, sun-kissed beaches, maybe even a teeming city–all can serve to stir inspiration.
For Jason Baldock and Gemma Dietrich of the British neo-soul inspired duo Rope Store, however, an underground bunker surrounded by three feet of concrete makes the perfect muse for songwriting.
It’s soundproof, for one, which renders it an ideal environment to play the drums. It also happens to be the last Cold War bunker built in the UK–which has been converted into a recording studio. Baldock has been recording his own music there (along with other local Norwich artists, under the moniker Mr. Jason, for our very own BreakThru Radio) for years now.
The records speak for themselves. Aside from sounding great, the energy crackles to life off of each track. It’s palpable, and becomes both honest and fun in the process.
“We don’t want to be down there three or four days working on one song,” says Baldock. “We’ll often write the song the same day as we record it and have the whole thing mixed and mastered that same evening. We’ll release it online that night.”
All of this is true with the exception of the band’s most recent single, “Never Too Late To Love.” Two months ago Baldock lost his mother to cancer. She had been battling it for years, and the songwriter returned to Norwich to establish a closer relationship with her. But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!
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