This release is a little bit over a month old now, and not exactly from a Springfield band, but we figured it was very much worth noting because it’s another great release recorded in Southtown Sound right behind Dumb Records and Black Sheep. Galesburg heavy sci-fi pop-grunge band TOOMS (featuring members of Rat Storm, Occultonomy, etc) have released their brand new 8-track demo recorded up in the studio. You can check that out streaming on the player below. Also head over to the Tooms bandcamp page to download the songs at your own price.


Southtown Sound August Studio Update!


Some of around Black Sheep and Southtown may be wondering what all Southtown Sound, the new recording studio in our neighborhood has been up to this summer. A lot of you may notice the lights on up there late at night or hear lots of music coming from up in the studio and not really know who is up there recording! Today we have a big update with a full description of all of the projects the new studio has been working on this summer, and when we can expect to hear a lot of those big projects.

Hello all! As some of you may have noticed, we’ve been playing a little catch up with social media. First and foremost, I (Kyle) am happy to report that I have recently left my day job, and am pursuing the studio full time. For anyone who has had trouble booking time, please forgive us while we switch gears and catch up with some outstanding projects. We have a lot of exciting projects we’ve been working on that we are very excited to share with you all. In this update, I’ll touch on new releases, current projects, new and upcoming ones, and finally some updates to studio operation, availability, and booking. We’re looking at making monthly updates depending on how much we have to share, so keep your eyes peeled for more news in the future. With that being said, let’s move on to the music!

As some of you may have already seen, the Dumb Fe5t Compilation is finally live and we have been blown away by the response thus far. If you haven’t given it a listen yet, you can do so here.

We recently did a demo for hardcore/punk project Small Man, which you can check out here.

After Dumb Fe5t, we spent a weekend with the members of TOOMS tracking for their debut release (which is currently in the editing/mixing phase) as well as their eclectic indie/folk outfit Adventure Medical Kit which you can check out here.

Now looking forward here are a few full production projects we have cooking!

Some of you may recall Stick People (FKA Stems) were the first band to officially make a record with us! We also mastered a couple singles for them (Tracked & Mixed by Kevin Carman of Track 5 Productions) which you can check out at their bandcamp. The recordings we’ve made have been wrapped up for some time, and they are currently preparing to promote and release their EP. The details have yet to be confirmed, so head on over to their Facebook page for updates as they arise!

After MANY months of work (preproduction, writing, refining) we are so stoked to say that the Bottom Bracket EP has officially left the tracking stage, and is moving on the edits and mixing. Furthermore, we are lucky to have the incredibly talented (and good looking) Adam Cichocki from Timber Studios on mastering duty. While details are still being confirmed, you can expect this to be released sometime in September!

Another early adopter is the band White Gate from Clinton, IL who we have just recently been able to get into the studio for a single. I broke into recording with metalcore, so this project has had me waxing nostalgic. It’s been a blast being able to exercise a different approach, and you can expect to hear the finished product soon, as we are waiting for some additional stems to finish this out!

Finally, let’s move on to some recent and upcoming projects that you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months!

We were recently blessed to have Aviator (MA) stop by the studio and give us an INCREDBLE performance of two songs off their brand spanking new full length: “Loneliness Leaves the Light on for Me” (No Sleep Records). The video for this session was of course directed by none other than Veronica Mullen, with Isaac Arms assisting. While we are not looking to become live session centric* (in the capacity of Little Elephant or Audiotree), we have an incredible team and I am so grateful and humbled to be working with them as much as I have. Keep your eyes peeled for this session in the next month or so!

*If you are interested in booking a live session, feel free to contact us for a quote, at least a month in advance if possible.

If you have not checked out the Dumb Fe5t comp in its entirety, then do yourself a favor and be sure to check out the track from Springfield natives Spell Breaker. At the time of this post, we will be recording a demo that I know will knock off many a pair of socks. This band is an absolute power house and is going to take Springfield by storm, mark my words! You can check out their track from the Dumb Comp here.

Ghoul Jr.: This week we will also be working with Ghoul Jr. from Champaign on their debut EP. If you haven’t had to chance to see them at their stomping grounds (Blips and Chitz), they are a lo-fi/grunge project influenced by bands like Yuck, Pity Sex, & Weezer. From our conversations, this is looking to be a very exciting project and I can’t wait to work with them!

Lastly, just some final notes about studio operation and availability. As I mentioned earlier, I have shifted to full time and will be spending the next few weeks getting caught up and acclimated. If you would like to book some time with us, late August and forward has plenty of availability. Please forward all booking inquiries to our email: We will do our very best to accommodate you and help you figure out how to bring your music to life!

Thank you all so much for your patience and support. We will continue to work our collective butts off to change the way artists think about the recording process. From the heart, I hope you have an incredible day!

– Kyle (Southtown Sound Head Engineer)


Southtown Sound Dumb Fe5t Compilation


Many of you may have forgotten that during Dumb Fe5t (now over one month ago), Southtown Sound was not necessarily opened up as a show space but instead they were in their own corner of our neighborhood working away recording countless bands for a special project. Today we are releasing that compilation of songs that were recorded as live tracks throughout that entire weekend – 15 songs from 15 different bands who all played this past year at Dumb Fe5t. Stream that entire compilation on the player below. Also head over to the Prescience Tapes bandcamp page to download the entire compilation at your own price. Prescience Tapes will be releasing a physical format of the comp which will hopefully be available on cassette at Black Sheep Fest and also at Dumb Records.

Now that the Dumb Fe5t compilation is out there, and more non-live recordings are on the way (from Bottom Bracket, Stick People, and more)- you can expect a big update from us on what Southtown Sound has been up to some time next week!

Southtown Sound Releases Looming Sessions

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The new Southtown recording studio, Southtown Sound, have just today released the full video and audio session they recorded of Looming when they were in town earlier this year. You can check out the video of one of those songs and new one off of an upcoming Looming album below. The song is called “Seed.” Credits for the video and audio go to:

Engineering, Mixing, and Mastering – Kyle Noonan
Assistant Engineer – Mario Cannamela
Directed & Edited by Veronica Mullen
Additional Camera work – Josh Grube & Everchange Productions

Check out the other video recorded for the song “Tried and True” right here. This session was one of the first recorded in Southtown Studio. Since then the Studio has been working on new recordings for Taylorville-based band Stems, as well as a couple others. We’ll let you know when more recordings or video is unveiled from the new studio. To look into booking sessions for your own band, check out the Southtown Sound page on our site.

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The Illinois Times: “Recording Studio Revamp”


Southtown is making it into the papers once again! This time it’s Southtown Sound, new Southtown recording studio, making it big and smashing headlines with their recent launch and grand opening. Scott Faingold of The Illinois Times wrote an article about the studio’s launch and re-vamp since Brandon Carnes ran South Town Studio out of the same space. Scott interviews studio spokesperson B.J. Pearce about the new studio. From the article:

“It’s a great day,” said B.J. Pearce, studio manger of Southtown Sound. “We really have a lot going on for us right now.” The newly renovated recording studio located in the building directly behind Dumb Records near the corner of 11th Street and South Grand Avenue had its grand opening on Sunday, March 26, concurrent with the Black Sheep Annual Art Show (See “Art at the Pharmacy and Black Sheep,” IT, March 30). “We’ve done some recording already,” Pearce explained, “but this is the first time we’ve been officially open to the public.”

Check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of The Illinois Times at various local businesses around town.

New Pages: Southtown Studio


You may have noticed a new tab on our home page for “Studio” that has been active the past week or so. This page isn’t too elaborate, but it includes all of the general info for Southtown Sound – the new recording studio holding it’s grand opening today behind Black Sheep and Dumb Records. Check out that new page right here. On the page you can find general info the studio, links to social media, and info on setting up recording time. We’ll also be sure to be posting updates from here on out on our site when bands are announced to record in the studio, and also when recordings are released to the public.

Southtown Sound’s grand opening is happening later this afternoon / evening along with the Black Sheep art show from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The opening will be open house format with some refreshments. Come on out!

Black Sheep Annual Art Show Tonight + Grand Opening for Southtown Sound


This evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm there will be a lot of things to check out around Southtown. This includes the annual art show taking place inside Black Sheep and this time also Dumb Records. Inside Black Sheep tonight there will be over 20 artists with work featured. For that complete list head over to the art show’s facebook event page. There will also be featured poets performing inside Black Sheep during the art show. Those include Ian Winterbauer, Mason Summers, Emma Wilson, Xavier Bishop, and Ted Keylon. Then we have a few musical acts performing during the art show as well. Those include Clem from Rockford Illinois, Kate Ridge, Opposite Good, and Just The Tip.

Going on inside Dumb Records during all of this we are allowing the Lincoln Library Art Program to take over our record store with some art installations! That’s about all we know, so prepare to be surprised! The store will remain open selling records today from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Then behind Black Sheep and Dumb Records the newest addition to Southtown – Southtown Sound will be officially opening their doors for one big grand opening with finger food and cake. Check out their new space upstairs and see all of the work the team has been putting into their new recording studio for these past four months.

We’ve also been working hard to clean up the outside “courtyard” between all of our spaces! Hopefully the rain holds off during our big event and we are able to enjoy some fresh air as well. Check out a facebook event for all of that right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up this spring.