During the heart of the global Lockdown which was striking change and uncertainty in most people’s lives, UK act Mamas Gun became the first band to ever perform and stream a whole concert absolutely live whilst stationed in separate locations to each other. Armed only with their mics, their instruments, their laptops and some mind blowing new technology provided by Tin Pan Studio.
In May 2020, this newly developed ultra low latency technology allowed Mamas Gun to perform live over the internet in real time for their global fanbase despite being based remotely & miles away from each other. The concert was a huge success with large numbers of viewers tuning in to ‘attend’ the gig. As a result of the extremely high quality audio taken during this live streamed show, the band have released recordings of some of these performances, capturing this exclusive and special moment in time on record. Mamas Gun’s The Tin Pan Sessions is the first ever commercial release of performances from a band recorded remotely, in real time.
Recorded simultaneously in 5 different locations using groundbreaking new technology
This ground-breaking technology was developed by Mamas Gun’s long term sound engineer Doug Hunt. When the pandemic hit, Doug started looking at ways to help bands perform together remotely over the internet. “Like everyone else, I came up short,” he says. “There just wasn’t anything available that had fast enough monitoring for professional musicians while providing great quality audio.”
Desperate to continue to make music with the bands he loved, Hunt set about creating what became Tin Pan Studio. The technology behind Hunt’s creation is unique and combines ultra-low latency server-based monitoring for the musicians, with studio-quality audio for the engineer to mix. Removing the disruptiveness of delays in audio and enabling a way for the bands own engineer to mix the feeds resulted in capturing extremely high quality recordings that also uniquely represent the exciting sense of unpredictability, adrenaline fuelled & energetic vibes that all great live performances offer.
The four recordings released as part of The Tin Pan Sessions in November were all key songs in the band’s journey that have helped Mamas Gun reach a sustainable level of success as an independent band.
Pots of Gold, a track from their debut album Routes To Riches, was first picked up by Chris Evans, (at the time a key presenter on BBC Radio 2) who hailed it as “the best track I have heard for a very long time”. The song brought profile and in a much bigger way than could ever been anticipated, becoming a top 10 chart hit in many territories including in Asia, a territory the band now tours semi-annually, regularly selling out large venues.
Red Cassette was originally featured on album Cheap Hotel and was their most playlisted radio track. A nod to technologies of age and now perhaps an ironic reflection, considering the technology used to record the EP.
The remaining two recordings are I Need a Win and This is the Day. Both tracks feature on the band’s latest album Golden Days and have been heavily supported by streaming services where they continue to be added to large playlists. In fact, the band has now surpassed 11 Million streams on Spotify alone and continues to grow daily.
Work on the band’s next record is well underway, and in between lockdown periods they have slowly but surely been completing new studio material due for release in 2021. Until then, during this strange time when fans and musicians alike are lamenting the pleasures of the live concert experience, Mamas Gun hope to bring some sense of this joy back into the picture through this special, groundbreaking EP release.