Sound Check Black Diamond Superfreaks
posted by January 25 at 15:30 PMon
Wild Orchid Children is Kirk Huffman, Kyle O’Quin, Thomas Hunter, and Garrett Lunceford from Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground. This past summer, they ventured an hour south to Black Diamond, WA and recorded in Tom Pfaeffle’s Tank Studio. Wild Orchid is openly louder and more out there than Kay Kay. It’s solid and rattled in a psychedelic rock modality. They’ve stripped down and expanded from their core.
Keyboardist, Kyle O’Quin spoke:
What was recording at the Tank like?
Kyle: Most of it was live. We spent a majority of the time setting up and getting tones. It was nice to wake up and just play. We wanted it to be more of live thing and did one song a day. The Tank is amazing. Tom has really constructed a space down there to create. It’s away. You separate from the city surroundings and get outside yourself. You’re closer to the stimulus. The instruments practically played themselves.
Stimulus seems key for you all. What provoked the most activity during the sessions?
The goat hoof. Tom had this goat hoof full of Mexican liquor. He said people go to this old woman’s house in Mexico and fill up their containers for like a dollar. He’d had it for ten years. It was powerful. That old woman put us under her spell and gave us her power.
What the hell are you talking about?
Just kidding. I was pretty buzzed though. There was Absinth too. And other things. It was crazy and fun and that’s how we wanted it to be. We were there together and stepped fully into the songs. My fingers turned into spiders. Thomas was nude. Kirk was in the vocal booth with all these lights and candles. Phil from Kay Kay, who produced it, was lighting stuff on fire. We kept the song “Where the Mexican Boys Go” all acoustic. No amplification. See? Mexico, the witch.
What music were you all listening to at the time?
We were listening to a lot of Cee-Lo and Rick James and old blues.
Rick James, as in “Superfreak”?