“Listen Up!” is the first album by Danish outfit The Warmongers. Original recordings were made in the infamous Toe Rag Studios in London with Liam Watson (The White Stripes) at the helm.
Though The Warmongers are a relatively new group they’re not unexperienced. Johnny and Terry served in Thee Attacks and knew after hearing Ed drumming while opening for Thee Attacks that they needed to make a band with him.
The recording in London of Listen Up! commenced in July 2015 in the fully analogue studio of Mr. Watson in London’s Hackney borough. Being the band’s first record the band didn’t want to rush the process and after having spent five days of recording they journeyed back to Denmark only to return a few months later for the last part of recording. Due to massive personal and creative differences the process was put on hold until it was decided to collaborate with Søren and Florian. “Without his producing and relentless ways we wouldn’t have gone on to make as great a record as this is. I do still love him even if this was the hardest recording process I’ve been through.” elaborates Terry.
Later, the tape reels were retracted from the studio and brought to Denmark to finish the recordings with Søren Christensen (The Blue Van), mixed in Germany by Florian Hofer and finally mastered in New York by Rachel Alina. The record has been under way for over a year and the audience will definitely get what they deserve.
The record consists of thirteen songs, twelve originals and one cover. “Hot Rod Mama” is a Marc Bolan composition from when he was part of John’s Children and has been a part of the bands live set since their first concert. It was recorded as the very last thing in the studio, all in one take. Even though additional backing harmonies and harmonica was added later the dogma for this song was that everything needed to be a first take or else the song wouldn’t make it to the album.
Despite having only played a selected few venues so far The Warmongers have set a new world record by playing 26 shows within 24 hours. The record was set after being commissioned by Ragnarock, Denmark’s first rock museum on April 29th 2016.
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