Southtown Sound August Studio Update!


Some of around Black Sheep and Southtown may be wondering what all Southtown Sound, the new recording studio in our neighborhood has been up to this summer. A lot of you may notice the lights on up there late at night or hear lots of music coming from up in the studio and not really know who is up there recording! Today we have a big update with a full description of all of the projects the new studio has been working on this summer, and when we can expect to hear a lot of those big projects.

Hello all! As some of you may have noticed, we’ve been playing a little catch up with social media. First and foremost, I (Kyle) am happy to report that I have recently left my day job, and am pursuing the studio full time. For anyone who has had trouble booking time, please forgive us while we switch gears and catch up with some outstanding projects. We have a lot of exciting projects we’ve been working on that we are very excited to share with you all. In this update, I’ll touch on new releases, current projects, new and upcoming ones, and finally some updates to studio operation, availability, and booking. We’re looking at making monthly updates depending on how much we have to share, so keep your eyes peeled for more news in the future. With that being said, let’s move on to the music!

As some of you may have already seen, the Dumb Fe5t Compilation is finally live and we have been blown away by the response thus far. If you haven’t given it a listen yet, you can do so here.

We recently did a demo for hardcore/punk project Small Man, which you can check out here.

After Dumb Fe5t, we spent a weekend with the members of TOOMS tracking for their debut release (which is currently in the editing/mixing phase) as well as their eclectic indie/folk outfit Adventure Medical Kit which you can check out here.

Now looking forward here are a few full production projects we have cooking!

Some of you may recall Stick People (FKA Stems) were the first band to officially make a record with us! We also mastered a couple singles for them (Tracked & Mixed by Kevin Carman of Track 5 Productions) which you can check out at their bandcamp. The recordings we’ve made have been wrapped up for some time, and they are currently preparing to promote and release their EP. The details have yet to be confirmed, so head on over to their Facebook page for updates as they arise!

After MANY months of work (preproduction, writing, refining) we are so stoked to say that the Bottom Bracket EP has officially left the tracking stage, and is moving on the edits and mixing. Furthermore, we are lucky to have the incredibly talented (and good looking) Adam Cichocki from Timber Studios on mastering duty. While details are still being confirmed, you can expect this to be released sometime in September!

Another early adopter is the band White Gate from Clinton, IL who we have just recently been able to get into the studio for a single. I broke into recording with metalcore, so this project has had me waxing nostalgic. It’s been a blast being able to exercise a different approach, and you can expect to hear the finished product soon, as we are waiting for some additional stems to finish this out!

Finally, let’s move on to some recent and upcoming projects that you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months!

We were recently blessed to have Aviator (MA) stop by the studio and give us an INCREDBLE performance of two songs off their brand spanking new full length: “Loneliness Leaves the Light on for Me” (No Sleep Records). The video for this session was of course directed by none other than Veronica Mullen, with Isaac Arms assisting. While we are not looking to become live session centric* (in the capacity of Little Elephant or Audiotree), we have an incredible team and I am so grateful and humbled to be working with them as much as I have. Keep your eyes peeled for this session in the next month or so!

*If you are interested in booking a live session, feel free to contact us for a quote, at least a month in advance if possible.

If you have not checked out the Dumb Fe5t comp in its entirety, then do yourself a favor and be sure to check out the track from Springfield natives Spell Breaker. At the time of this post, we will be recording a demo that I know will knock off many a pair of socks. This band is an absolute power house and is going to take Springfield by storm, mark my words! You can check out their track from the Dumb Comp here.

Ghoul Jr.: This week we will also be working with Ghoul Jr. from Champaign on their debut EP. If you haven’t had to chance to see them at their stomping grounds (Blips and Chitz), they are a lo-fi/grunge project influenced by bands like Yuck, Pity Sex, & Weezer. From our conversations, this is looking to be a very exciting project and I can’t wait to work with them!

Lastly, just some final notes about studio operation and availability. As I mentioned earlier, I have shifted to full time and will be spending the next few weeks getting caught up and acclimated. If you would like to book some time with us, late August and forward has plenty of availability. Please forward all booking inquiries to our email: We will do our very best to accommodate you and help you figure out how to bring your music to life!

Thank you all so much for your patience and support. We will continue to work our collective butts off to change the way artists think about the recording process. From the heart, I hope you have an incredible day!

– Kyle (Southtown Sound Head Engineer)


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