Station & the Monster forged their heavy sound in Pennsylvania and then pulled up roots and to bring their unique blend of grunge rock west. Now based in Oakland, the trio crossed the bridge several times to track and mix their new EP, released today, with Yosh! here in Faultline’s Studio A.

Catch them live at the Elbo Room July 14th.



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Have you wondered who provides the “Best Way to Hear Local Musicians Put Their Stamp on Classic Albums“? The SF Weekly has made that distinction clear by awarding UnderCover Presents with just that honor this week in their SF Weekly Best of Awards. Congratulations to UCP’s Founder & Co-Producer Lyz Luke, Co-Producer Yosh! Haraguchi and the hundreds of talented Bay Area musicians who make UnderCover possible. 2006, THE NERV have been bringing a modern voice to the classic punk form. Their songs are driven by muscular instrumentals and punctuated by a provocative vocalist, lyrical and snarling by turns. Their live shows are fierce and loud. If you visit the studio this month and the walls are shaking, chances are it’s just THE NERV cranking out their third release.

Catch them live May 6th at the Knockout.




UnderCover's photo.

Fanfare Zambaleta at the JCCSF

Over one hundred musicians. Eleven ensembles. Four amazing nights of music. UnderCover Presents and Faultline Studios, under the musical directorship of Robert Shelton, are bringing Paul Simon’s classic album Graceland to Bay Area stages this month. Each of Graceland‘s eleven iconic songs will be recreated by a different featured Bay Area act, with genres ranging from Afrofunk to Balkan Brass and an astonishing boys choir.

Catch the magic at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco April 11th & 12th or at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage on April 19th & 20th.  A digital download of the recorded album (produced by Faultline’s Yosh!) is provided with the ticket price.


UnderCover Presents and Faultline Studios are excited to announce the upcoming tribute to Sly & The Family Stone’s 1969 breakout album Stand! This seminal funk album is re-imagined on the stage by some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, curated by Guest Music Director David Möschler. David’s vision brings us some jazz and soul sounds as well as some adventurous orchestral stylings and a hip-hop/classical mashup.

Get your groove on at the Independent Friday, January 17th or Saturday, January 18th at 7.30 p.m. A studio album (produced by Faultline’s Yosh!) of the project is included with the ticket price.

***Encore Night Added! Sunday January 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Independent.***

Last year saw our expansion into Studio C, a closer partnership with our friends at the Vision Academy and so much wonderful music. The Neve console is coming along nicely, we hope to have it reinstalled and the Guitar Room reopened by April. In the meantime Studio A is still discounted and Studio C continues to churn out the short hourly sessions for artists and voice over clients.

Highlights from 2013:

Here are a few of our favorite memories from 2013!

Elizabeth Setzer and La Tania’s flamenco arrangement of
Radiohead’s How to Disappear Completely”

Check out the studio album produced here at Faultline.

Upstairs/Downstairs released their second to pass through our walls and made a lovely video:

Secret Cheifs 3 stopped in to mix part of their new record ‘Book of Souls’ Folio A.

17 year old Robbie Leone was one of the first full length releases to come out of Studio C.

Keep an ear out for releases early in 2014 from Fanfare Zambaleta, Con Brio, Zeike McCarter and so many more!

This summer Faultline Studios is teaming up with our good friends over at the Vision Academy to support their awesome summer program.

We’re focusing on a single kid, Isaiah who’s been in and out of their program due to lack of funds.  Isaiah and Kian

To help keep him in summer camp we’re offering 4 days of studio time with a house engineer for $250/day to help cover the difference between what Isaiah’s family can afford and the full cost of the program for the summer.

These days are useable any time this year but must be paid in full by July 31st.  Credit card or Paypal transactions will be charged a surcharge to ensure we receive the full amount to donate to the Vision Academy for Isaiah’s tuition.

To book one of these days call us at 415.562.7625 or email and tell us you want to “Support Isaiah.”  Sorry, since we’re donating all this money we can’t change the rate on a session already booked, but we’d be happy to add a day onto your existing session!

You can follow what Isaiah and all the kids of The Vision Academy are up to over at their picture blog or on Twitter.

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If you’ve been around Faultline for any length of time over the past few years you’ve most certainly run into Mr. Kyle McGraw. His easy going demeanor and quick laugh have been warming the studio ever since his band Upstairs/Downstairs came into record their first album with us 4 years ago.   Afterwards, he asked if he could stick around as an intern and quickly began assisting, then engineering sessions of his own.

Over the past year he’s been busy on both sides of the glass: playing guitar in 2 bands (both with albums on the way) and as an engineer, working on several hot releases from the past few months:

Battlehooch celebrated the vinyl release of their full length album ‘Hot Lungs‘ last week with an awesome show at Slim’s.  Hot Lungs contains all of their Singles from the 2012 video series plus some new tracks.



The Sam Chase, named best Bay Area Band by the SF Weekly in May, released their 2nd album ‘The Sam Chase Will Never Die‘ at a sold out show over at the Independent last month.

Be sure to look out for the second Upstairs/Downstairs album as well as an EP from Kyle’s other band Future Space and Time when they are released later this summer.

Spring is here and we here at Faultline are excited to announce that we’re growing!  This month we opened Studio C to the public.   Located right inside the front of the building, C features a 200 sq/ft control room and a 90 sq/ft booth with enough channels to record a whole band in there…

Studio C gives us the ability to offer hourly bookings and a way to save our clients’ money on things that don’t require the full on awesomeness of Studio A like over dubs, editing, or tape transfers.

Yes,  you heard that right, Studio C has a matching Otari MTR90 2″ 24 track tape machine so you can pull your tapes right from A and keep working.   There’s also a Soundcraft Ghost for the ability to work entirely analog or to do out of the box summing for digital projects.   Of course we also have a Pro Tools rig and a few channels from our beloved Neve so things won’t be too unfamiliar. [Full gear list]

Studio C is available for booking now.  Normal rates are $50/hour or $350/day with a House Engineer ($25/hour, $200/day without).

To celebrate the grand opening we’re offering Studio C at $100/day for the first 100 bookings [full day without engineer or half day with].


‘White People and the Damage Done’ the newest full length album from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine was released this week.  Biafra and crew spent weeks with us here at Faultline Studios last year recording, editing and mixing the album with Engineer Matt Kelley.

Our favorite Biafra-ism of the whole session?

“Life’s too short for boring socks.”


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