Maker record album with Oasis instruments before gig at Night & Day

Roisin Crewe | 28th February 2018

Psychedelic four-piece, Maker, will launch their debut album DEA at Manchester’s Night and Day Café on Sunday 8 April. 

Despite being from Kent, Maker have many connections with Manchester’s very own Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher and Oasis – and even used some of their instruments on DEA.

The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales where Oasis, The Stone Roses, Queen, Black Sabbath, Kasabian, and many more, have all recorded seminal albums.

The album’s producer, Nick Brine, has worked with Oasis, The Stone Roses and Imelda May, setting DEA up to be a very promising release.
Maker frontman Alessandro Marinelli said:

When you turn up at Rockfield it immediately elevates you as musicians. There’s a tangible buzz about the place.  You hear stories like Freddy Mercury sat on that stool, played that piano, wrote Bohemian Rhapsody. And Liam chased Noel with a cricket bat over there, Lemmy did a line of coke off that horse etc….When you hear those stories, you can’t help but want to be a part of it and record something special.”

The album was recorded over just fourteen days and the band wanted to create an album as true to their live sound as possible and, with this in mind, every track was recorded with the band all together playing in the same room.

Photo by Greig Clifford

Marinelli said recording to tape added to the authenticity of the band’s timeless pure rock sound.
We definitely prefer to record to tape. It seems to create that depth, warmth and authenticity in a record that digital recordings just can’t seem to replicate”.

The debut album’s title, DEA, comes from the initials of the album track Dead Ends & Avenues, a track which the band all felt the track perfectly summed-up their sound.  The song itself is about triumph in the face of adversity, making your own luck and succeeding despite life’s hurdles.

The chorus’s lyric, “And to all that I gave, without hope” speaks a universal truth dear to the band; striving for acknowledgement and then flipping a rebellious two finger salute like all the greatest rock’n’roll records.


The band decided early on that they wanted to bookend the album with the the album’s lead single, Soul, and its reprise Little Bit of Soul.
Marinelli added:
The decision to do that pretty much made itself. One is the kick down the doors blast that you want to open an album, whilst the other is the comforting arm you put around a loved one whilst saying ‘I think you need a lie-down now after all that excitement’.”

DEA album

Guitarist Andrew Donaldson said:
There was a moment during recording that Nick (our producer) revealed that he owned Noel Gallagher‘s old acoustic guitar that was used on the album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? The actual guitar that was played on Wonderwall!  As soon as we heard that story, we ordered him to go fetch it so we could use it on Little Bit Of Soul. It just had to be done.”
That’s not the only (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? connection though. The piano featured throughout anthemic DEA album track and iTunes Top 20 hit Girl Quit Your Crying – is the very same piano heard on those famous opening notes of another of Gallagher Senior’s finest works, Don’t Look Back in Anger.
And the Oasis connections don’t end there – drummer Gavin Donaldson previously managed Liam’s flagship Carnaby Street Pretty Green clothing store in London.

Maker have already built up a reputation for electrifying live performances – acclaimed guitarist, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes/Magpie Salute), as well as Simone Marie (Primal Scream) and Tom Meighan (Kasabian), have been added to their list of fans.

Singer-songwriter Chris Helme, who was the frontman in John Squires’ post Stone Roses band The Seahorses, is going to be playing a special guest slot on the night too.

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