“We wanted to do the majority of it live, with very few overdubs—get a really great band together and have it be about the songs, not about spending so much time on how the bass drum sounds. It was capturing, warts and all, the live thing. Rock music and blues music shouldn’t be perfect, and I’m really proud that there’s no Auto-Tune on it, that nothing was done to a click track.”
Decamping to Scott’s LA-area warehouse studio, Anderson was backed by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos on baritone sax; drummers Frederik Bokkenheuser (Ryan Adams), Aaron Sterling (John Mayer), and Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr.); bassists Chris Bruce (Doyle Bramhall II, Meshell Ndegeocello) and Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone); and Chris Joyner (Ryan Bingham, Heart) and Jason Borger aka Jerry Borgé (Jonathan Wilson) on keys. The album was mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles.
In October 2017, Hamish was featured as a Taco Bell “Feed the Beat” artist and a year after his debut album was released, he released his newest single- a ballad called “U”- which was immediately championed on Jason Bentley’s KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show. After a full month on Los Angeles’ NPR affiliate, KCRW (including a feature on KCRW Music Blog), Hamish was profiled on NPR Music’s “Heavy Rotation” regarding both U and his album overall. In January, 2018 he’ll be returning to the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, and in May 2018 he’ll be performing in Europe for the first time festivals in the Netherlands and Germany.