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The Grand Tour: Source Victoria

Here's our second installment of The Grand Tour, a regular feature where PHXmusic.com takes you inside practice spaces, tour vans and seedy apartments occupied by Phoenix-area bands. This week we give you a look inside Source Victoria's rehearsal space & recording studio.  If you'd like your band featured, tweet @PHXmusicdotcom

Smells Like: Inside the practice space proper, the air lingers with the unmistakable smell of amplifier leather and dust.  The recording room smells of laundry detergent and cigar smoke, another curiously comforting combination. 

Most cherished piece of gear:  The band had some difficulty coming to a conclusion as to what they loved most, but when they agreed, it was unanimous: the framed picture of Wesley Willis that sits on the recording desk provides the band with inspiration and guidance. 

Odds n' ends:  A Western Tread Recordings banner, a wall devoted to the signatures of local and national luminaries who have stayed at the house.

Light source: Source V. don't screw around, bright, industrial lighting makes sure that their practices are well lit. 

"You get kind of a three-fer here," laughs Brendan, who plays guitar and sings.  "We practice here, The Necronauts practice here, and Reubens Accomplice practices here."

"Yeah, and Jim (Adkins of Jimmy Eat World) did the demos for Bleed American here," adds Aaron, who owns the house and converted garage and laundry room combo that serves as the band's home base.  The guys, including guitarist Jason, keyboardist Justin and drummer Scott, are are an amiable bunch of guys, joking and sipping beers as they take a run at some new songs, recording drum parts and keys.  The group is hard at work on their new record, recording tunes with a ProTools rig while working on tracks simultaneously at pro-studios.  "The idea is to just kind of cobble it all together," Jason laughs.  Judging by the group's last record, Take the Fast Escape, the recordings should prove the band ever the masters of anthemic pop-rock. The band's next show is at Teakwoods Tavern in Phoenix. 

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.