The debut album "We All Started In The Same Place" by Akron-based Shivering Timbers was recorded in three days at Easy Eye Sound, the recording studio owned and operated by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Shivering Timbers' 11-song album began as nothing more than little tunes sung to pass the time and entertain their new-born baby. Then they played some of their songs for Dan Auerbach at his 30th birthday party, and won his heart with the simple, haunting melodies. A few months later Shivering Timbers and Auerbach were busy in the studio, crafting those melodies into a full-fledged album over the course of three days. During that time there were many inspired and magical moments when Jayson, Sarah and Dan were a powerful creative force, bouncing ideas off of each other, bringing life to the bare framework of the songs.
Shivering Timbers played all of the instruments on the album, with the exception of drums on four songs. The studio was a playland for the Benns, full of interesting instruments which found their way onto the album, including a waterphone, glockenspiel, a 60's Guyatone double bass, Farfisa, a late-1800's upright piano, and Dan's daughter's toy piano. With so many new ideas flowing, Auerbach decided they should shun click-tracks and headphones, and opted for live-room recordings, and many first-takes made it to the album. Both Dan and his wife Stephanie perform on the album, he plays drums on "Crooked Old Man" and "Three Young Rats", while Stephanie and their babysitter provided the back-up vocals on "See-Saw Sacradown". The choice to use non-singers on "See-Saw Sacradown" was intended to create an innocent, natural feel for the little-known nursery rhyme. Through Shivering Timbers collaboration with Dan, and a vast selection of instruments to experiment with, the simple ideas were transformed into a sort of junkyard orchestra.
One track was recorded with Ian Marshall at Magic Child Studio in downtown Akron. The song, "Gonna Getchya" was recorded 5 months prior to the Easy Eye Sound sessions, with the intention of giving it to lyricist Chuck Auerbach, Dan's father, to write lyrics. When Chuck gave the song back without lyrics, saying it needed something "ancient" to finish it lyrically, the Benns were inspired to use the sound of their one-year-old daughter's voice. When the song is performed live, it is used as a long instrumental lead-in to the traditional spiritual "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down".
The band continues to evolve since the recording of "We All Started In The Same Place". Live performance of the songs had to be adapted to fit a trio of upright bass, electric guitar and drums, with a few banjo songs for variety. There is new material, and the band is nearly finished writing their next album.