"Scott Amendola and I went into Brooklyn Recording in May. We recorded our new duo record ‘Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead’ straight to 1/2 inch 15 ips tape. No headphones were used, and our main man Dave McNair mixed as we played. Old school…"
"Our intention in making this record was to tell a bunch of stories around the central theme of the album’s title,” says Hunter. "The new tunes are meant to evoke some of the things you might see in your travels through the USA these days. Scott and I wanted to think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative."
Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead was written by Hunter while at home, inspired by his touring. "I love the nooks and crannies of the U.S., and this album is for the people living in these places.”
"One of the best elements of this new album is that we didn't use any headphones," adds Amendola. "We could hear everything naturally and acoustically. No mixing and no fixing, straight to ¼-inch tape. It sounds incredible. My drums haven't sounded this good ever. Everything sounded just as you were naturally playing it.”
Lauded studio engineer Dave McNair comments, “Dynamic subtlety is not very common on most modern records, but I wanted to present that to the listener in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting in front of the musicians. I think we succeeded. All of the songs were recorded live to two track analog tape, no overdubs, no editing. Just 100% live groove and vibe, no added artificial ingredients, and no mixing. There are not a lot of musicians that can pull it off this way, but Charlie and Scott are not only up to it, they THRIVE in that environment!”