Local news: Beauty Pill to record new album at Artisphere


Chad Clark wants you to watch his band record its next album. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

Wanna watch?

The group will be recording a new album next month -- in public. From July 16 through Aug. 2, from noon until 10 p.m. each day, Clark and his bandmates will set up shop in Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre and lay down tracks in the company of anyone who might be interested in seeing how 21st century rock albums get made.

“People are really going to see us in a complete state of uncertainty,” Clark tells Click Track.

Clark has dubbed the project “Immersive Ideal,” and likens the viewer experience to a visit to the zoo. Viewers will be able to watch the band from behind a pane of glass overlooking the space. Show up at the right time, you’ll catch the entire band wailing away. Show up at the wrong time and they’ll be huddled around a computer, listening to a rough mix.

Artisphere, the cultural center that opened in Arlington last year, is hosting the project in two-parts. Once the recording is finished, it will be played in the Theatre in surround sound, most likely this winter. (The album will also be released traditionally, but there’s no drop date or label just yet.)

Beauty Pill re-emerges three years after Clark underwent a heart operation that saved his life. The band’s current line up includes multi-instrumentalists Basla Andolsun, Jean Cook, Drew Doucette, Abram Goodrich and Devin Ocampo. Two local studios, the Bastille and Airshow, have also pitched in on the project, loaning the group some gear.

Is Clark worried about turning the sensitive business of recording an album into some sort of performance-art-reality-show-rock-n-roll-spectacle?

“It’s a risk on a artistic level,” he says.“It really could not work at all, but I have faith.”

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“Immersive Ideal” will take place July 16 through Aug. 6 from noon until 10 p.m., daily, at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Admission is free. The band will be recording noon-10 p.m. daily. Artisphere’s hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.

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