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Former Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz welcomes Napier rockers Black Smoke Trigger to Nashville

Kiwi rock band Black Smoke Trigger has tapped former Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz to record their first official EP.

Hailing from Napier, the four-piece band work at Raskulinecz’s Rock Falcon Studio in Nashville, laying down tracks with the man who co-produced Foo Fighters’ 2002 album One By One, which includes hits like Times Like These and All My Life.

Raskulinecz went on to produce the follow-up to Foo Fighters 2005 In Your Honour, and also worked with a long list of other acclaimed artists such as Duff McKagan, Deftones, Mastodon and 90s grunge icons Alice in Chains.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” said guitarist Charlie Wallace.

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“You can hear his passion. He was someone the band really resonated with. The vision he has, the music he creates and the performances he draws from bands like Korn, Ghost, Deftones and, of course, Alice in Chains.

Explaining how the Foo Fighters came to work with Raskulinecz on their fourth studio album, frontman Dave Grohl told Kiwi Radio DJ Zane Lowe on Apple Music that it happened by accident, after dialing the wrong number.

Napier rock band Black Smoke Trigger records with former Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz in Nashville.

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Napier rock band Black Smoke Trigger records with former Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz in Nashville.

The couple first met at the famed Sound City studio, which has recorded some of the greatest albums of all time, including Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush and Nirvana’s Nevermind. .

“I wanted to call Nick Oliveri, who was the bassist for Queens of the Stone Age and my friend Nick Raskulinecz answered,” Grohl said.

“I knew him from Sound City, he’s a great engineer. He had worked in that studio for years.

Black Smoke Trigger – also featuring vocalist Baldrick, bassist Dan Fulton and drummer Josh Te Maro – also celebrates after signing US artist manager Andy Gould, who has also managed the careers of Rob Zombie, Pantera, Linkin Park , Lionel Richie , and Guns N’ Roses.

Gould, who works for Los Angeles-based Spectacle Entertainment Group, was drawn to the music of Black Smoke Trigger after being impressed by the band’s video for their debut single Caught In the Undertow.

“It was everything I love about rock music,” Gould said. “The visuals and the song were great. As I dug deeper, I realized that this band had crazy talent, and it was something I needed to be involved in.

The new batch of songs will technically be the band’s second release, after Black Smoke Trigger recorded their 2019 EP Set It Off, with producer Michael Wagener, who has previously recorded artists like Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne.

The EP included the track The Way I’m Wired, which featured playing by Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars.

This time around, the quartet – also including vocalist Baldrick, bassist Dan Fulton and drummer Josh Te Maro – collaborated with Disturbed’s David Draiman, Marti Frederickson (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), Blair Daly and Zac Maloy (Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Urban) and Keith Wallen (of Breaking Benjamin).

Black Smoke Trigger will play two return shows at Napier's Cabana on July 1 and 2.

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Black Smoke Trigger will play two return shows at Napier’s Cabana on July 1 and 2.

“Our first EP was really a tribute to our influences,” Wallace said.

“Since then, we’ve had plenty of time to sit together in a room to write and perform, and our new material is representative of who we are as a band in 2022.”

The band’s visit to Nashville comes after Covid-19 travel restrictions scuttled plans to embark on their first US tour last year, an abandoned itinerary that included a show at the infamous venue of West Hollywood, the Whiskey A Go Go with Drowning Pool, hed PE. and II Nino.

The band remains optimistic about the enforced hiatus, which has allowed them to mature as musicians and songwriters.

“The benefit of being in one of the most aggressive lockdowns in the world is that it really gave us time to get our best gear out,” Wallace said.

“We’ve waited a long time to record and perform in the United States, and it’s finally here.

“We are beyond excited to be recording in Nashville with Nick to make the best record possible.”

Kiwi fans can expect to catch Black Smoke Trigger when they play two return shows at Napier’s Cabana on July 1 and 2.