Steve Albini Redefined The Sound Of The Drums

The Sound Of The Drums

The American Band The Pixies released their debut album called Surfer Rosa on March 21, 1988, and nothing has been the same since then. That applies to the sound of the drums that was performed by alternative producer Steve Albini.  According to his later statements, he didn’t know the group at the time. Nevertheless, his production went down in music history. There is no other album that would be so famous for the unique sound of the drums. Despite the repeated attempts, no other band could ever reproduce it.

The American Band The Pixies released their debut album called Surfer Rosa on March 21, 1988, and nothing has been the same since then. That applies to the sound of the drums that was performed by alternative producer Steve Albini.  According to his later statements, he didn’t know the group at the time. Nevertheless, his production went down in music history. There is no other album that would be so famous for the unique sound of the drums. Despite the repeated attempts, no other band could ever reproduce it.

Nirvana Immediately Followed

One man was listening to Surfer Rosa very carefully. Kurt Cobain, singer of the legendary band Nirvana, was particularly enthusiastic about Steve Albini’s work. As a big Pixies fan, he also copied the distinctive sound of his idols for his own band. When Nirvana became the most successful group on the planet, he saw his chance. In the discussions with the record company, Cobain insisted that Steve Albini must be involved in the recording of their next album. He prevailed, and Albini went into the studio with Nirvana. His mission was clear from the start because Kurt Cobain wanted the same drum sound for In Utero as on Surfer Rosa. The experiment didn’t end perfectly, but it was good. The reactions were different, as a result, Nirvana was told that they made an unsalable album. Albini heard that he is selling it out commercially. However, you can judge his work but the way that he used microphones was groundbreaking.