The Smart Studios Story’s Second Vinyl Soundtrack celebrates Butch Vig’s early work with 1990s Indie Labels. American Noise Volume 2 is a limited edition, vinyl release soundtrack companion to The Smart Studios Story and celebrates Butch Vig’s early work with 1990s independent labels in the US,
While American Noise: Vol 1 shares the earliest Smart Studios recordings of local, unsigned bands, Vol 2 includes artists who traveled from other scenes in the US to record at the fledgling studio between 1987 and 1993. This era coincides with the growing reputation of producers Butch Vig and Steve Marker - two self taught, DIY studio owners whose skills took the raw sound of local bands and created polished, powerful analog recordings.
Following the release of Nirvana’s pivotal, Nevermind, both Butch and the studio received an explosion of attention. More and more artists sought to record with Butch and many of them wanted to do it in the crumbling, two-story red brick building on East Washington Avenue.
All of the tracks on American Noise Vol. 2 come out of this period. Sonically, it spans the broad spectrum of Smart's clientele at the time. Pop, acoustic, beat and the heaviest of heavy, chuck full of dirt, growl and thump the way Smart was always able to deliver.
American Noise Vol. 2 (Side A):
01 TAD: "Jack"
02 Cherubs: "Shoofly"
03 Laughing Hyenas: "Wild Heart"
04 De Kreuzen: "Gone Away"
05 Killdozer: "Lupus"
06 The Crucifucks: "Wisconsin"
American Noise Vol. 2 (Side B):
01 Cosmic Psychos: "Dead Roo"
02 Young Fresh Fellows: "Sittin' on a Pitchfork"
03 The Fluid: "Our Love"
04 Gumball: "Accelerator"
05 Urge Overkill: "Faroutski"
06 The Singing Irishman: "Balloon Man"