Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron was photographed at Hall of Justice Studio yesterday, which used to be the legendary Reciprocal Recording studio. Cameron wrote on Instagram, “Thank you @andyrecording for the tour today at Hall of Justice Studio, formerly known as Reciprocal Recording! #independentstudio #seattlesound #subpop.”
Reciprocal Recording was the name of a recording studio in Seattle, Washington, USA, that was founded in 1984 and officially closed in July 1991. It is the place that Nirvana recorded Bleach, which helped kickstart the Grunge movement on an underground level. Soundgarden’s Screaming Life, Green River’s Dry as a Bone, and Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff were also recorded there.
varzinczak.luizh commented on Cameron’s photo, “A nice place to record a new PJ album ?.”
joe_scurek commented, “Maybe record the next album there?”
earthling319 commented, “How’s the new record going though? ?”
Chris Hanzsek and Tina Casale opened Reciprocal Recording in Seattle in 1984. It was originally located in an office suite next to a railroad switching yard in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, and in 1985, the business moved to the “basement in Madrona” location. Later that year, Chris and Tina launched C/Z Records while both producing at Ironwood Studios Recording, and in March 1986 they released the “Deep Six” compilation.
The studio closed in 1991 and went under a number of different names, and then inn 2000, Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie renamed the studio as Hall Of Justice Recording, and recorded both his own and other bands there until 2004.
Albums recorded at Reciprocal Recording:
Dry as a Bone – Green River
Screaming Life – Soundgarden
Superfuzz Bigmuff – Mudhoney
God’s Balls – Tad
Bleach – Nirvana
Mudhoney – Mudhoney
Spanking Machine – Babes in Toyland
Dig Me Out -Sleater-Kinney
The Photo Album – Death Cab For Cutie
Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes