In a new clip from The Smart Studios Story documentary, which chronicles the rise and influence of Butch Vig and Steve Marker’s Madison, WI recording studio, Dave Grohl discusses Vig and Smart Studios’ contributions to Nirvana’s sound on early demos. The new teaser premiered exclusively via Pitchfork.
The video touches on the Seattle scene and traces the path between Seattle’s Sub Pop Singles Club subscription series and Nirvana’s connection with Vig. In 1990, from April 2nd through 6th, Vig and the band began recording demos at Smart Studios for what would eventually become Nirvana’s sophomore studio album, Nevermind.
“When I joined the band they had this demo that sounded amazing, it sounded huge and it sounded different than the things that they had done before,” Grohl says in the clip. “And everyone talked about Butch.”
The Smart Studios Story is currently screening via a tour of theaters around the country. In a previously released trailer, Billy Corgan discusses when Nirvana’s Nevermind reached Number One on the Billboard charts.
The documentary will be available on DVD for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 25th, along with vinyl set American Noise Volume 1, which features iconic tracks culled at Smart Studios.