Smok­ing up a storm

Brit and Black­berry Smoke re­turn

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

It was a case of ‘if ain’t broke don’t fix it’ as south­ern rock he­roes Black­berry Smoke headed into the stu­dio to track their brand new al­bum, FindALight.

The record, the band’s sixth, was tracked at Madi­son Stu­dios in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, and saw drum­mer Brit Turner look to the past when it came to his rig of choeic, be­fore opt­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more com­fort­able.

“I tried a lot of vin­tage drums when get­ting sounds but ended up us­ing the kit I play when I’m tour­ing,” he ex­plains. “I used an all-ma­hogany Pal­metto drum kit that I love. I brought about 10 snare drums to the ses­sion and wanted to take some time get­ing the per­fect snare sound for each song.”

It seems Turner is cer­tainly pleased with the re­sults. “I en­joyed play­ing all of the songs,” he says. “When we make a record we are usu­ally all over the place on styles and feel, but that keeps me ex­cited about the en­tire record. I will say that the song ‘I’ll Keep Ram­bling’ [is a favourite], it is a churched-up Gospel song.”

The Smoke have en­joyed a steady rise since their break­through third al­bum, TheWhip­poor­will, which was re­leased in 2012. Mean­while, 2016’s LikeAnAr­row man­aged to crack the UK Top 10, a first for the band, and hit the US Top 20. With FindALight set for re­lease on 6 April, the band has a slot at the 2018Ram­blin’ Man Fair to look for­ward to, and there’s a first on the hori­zon for the band as they pre­pare to tour the Far East.

“We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one at a show this year. I’m told we will go to Japan as well. That will be a first for our band and we are all very ex­cited.”

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