LESS THAN JAKE'S "HELLO ROCKVIEW" TURNS 20!

OCT 6, 2018

Florida ska-punkers Less Than Jake are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their sophomore major label release "Hello Rockview"

The record was the follow up to "Losing Streak" and was released on Capitol Records. One of the band's most popular records, it was an immediate add on KROQ and the single "History of a Boring Town" was heard on radio nationwide.

The production credits on Hello Rockview are Mix by Chris Lord-Alge, Production by Howard Benson and Enginnering by Steve.

EX-TEENS RETURN TO CAPTURE NEW TUNES

AUG 8, 2018

Los Angeles based Ex-Teens have solidified their relationship with Steve, working regularly with him over last few years. This coming weekend the band is back in the studio with him to start building two new songs.

The band features former 20/20 guitarist, keyboardist Chris Sylagi and the outstanding voice and lyrics of Simon Glickman. Their debut EP "Get on an Ice Floe" was released earlier in 2018 and you can stream audio and see lyric videos for this outstanding release at their Facebook page here

MODERN ENGLISH CHECK IN TO TRACK NEW MATERIAL

JULY 27, 2018

English post punk legends Modern English, have arrived at Hell's Half Acre and are in the midst of tracking two new songs. It's the first time the group has worked with Steve.

The band was in the midst of a US tour and had a few days off to get creative and get it on tape! Mission accomplished! Check the Hell's Half Acre Facebook page here for photos and video from the session.

STEVEN BRADLEY MIXING COMPLETE

JUNE 1, 2018

Steve wrapped up mixing his debut solo L.P. "Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears" this week and it's onwards to the sharing and shopping part of the process.

The album features guest performances from members of MC-5, Social Distortion, Redd Kross, Tom Waits Band, MXPX, Grapes of Wrath and 7 Seconds.

Decidedly power pop in nature, this one will appeal to fans of Matthew Sweet, Elvis Costello and Teenage Fanclub. Look for news on the future release here or at Steve's Facebook page here.

STEVEN BRADLEY SESSIONS CLOSE IN ON MIXING

JAN 18, 2018

After a couple of years of start, stop production the finish line on the Steven Bradley debut full length is finally in sight. The final pieces of the collaborator puzzle in Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Jonny Two Bags (Social Distortion) have both booked in for sessions and once that's complete it'll be time to mix.

Jonny is bringing his six string talents to the table and Steven will be rounding out the yet to be named "Beach Boys" inspired back up vocal section, which also includes Mike Herrera of MXPX. More news soon!

STEVE MAKES ROLLING STONE'S TOP 50 POP PUNK RECORDS OF ALL-TIME!

NOV 17, 2017

Under the list of "pretty cool haps" Steve has just made the new Rolling Stone list of Top Pop Punk albums of all time. Twice! He has the 31st and 24th slots locked down with full lengths "The Ultimate Escape" from Tsunami Bomb (Kung Fu) and "Life In General" (Tooth and Nail) from Bremerton's MXPX. Other notables on the list were Buzzcocks, Geb X, and the Undertones.

STEVEN BRADLEY ROAD TRIP SESSION IN BURBANK CA

OCT 27, 2017

Sometimes you have to leave the friendly confines and travel to get sessions done. That was the case today as production rolls on for the Steven Bradley full length we are curating at Hell's Half Acre. A big piece of the puzzle was including master pedal steel player Greg Leisz and somehow getting him on tape. Greg travels the world and has played with Willie Nelson, Wilco and Matthew Sweet to name but a few so he's a hard man to nail down.

However, today was that special day when the Universe aligned and Greg was able to contribute his talent to the project. In a whirlwind session at Paul and Mike's Recoding in Burbank he was able to lay tracks on the ballad "Can't Come Home" and the results are perfect! Thanks Greg!

FLOOD REPAIRS COMPLETED AND HELL'S HALF ACRE IS RUNNING AGAIN

SEPT 18, 2017

In a quick update on the major story from a couple of months back, we are happy to let you know that all flood damage from earlier this year has been repaired and that Hell's Half Acre is again open for business.

We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience that this situation has caused for our loyal customers but we are back better than ever and with a gorgeous new 8 foot wide window in the control room that overlooks the mountains, sky and stars. Book today!

HELL'S HALF ACRE FLOODED, CLOSED FOR REPAIRS

JUL 10, 2017

In just awful news we have to let you know that the studio is presently closed due to flood damage that recently occurred. While all the gear is safe, unfortunately the premises will have to go through a major renovation to replace the entire floor and lower four feet of all the walls. Check out Facebook page for updates, but this one will take awhile to clean up.

SPIDER ACCOMPLICE RETURNS TO THE ACRE FOR SINGLE USER

JUN 02, 2017

After banging out their 4 song E.P. "The Abduction" with Steve in 2016 Spider Accomplice returned to track and mix a new gem. "User" is a great modern rock tune and after getting the treatment here it's a better, stronger beast than came in the door.

The band is launching the single and accompanying epic video today. The video was tracked during the sessions and gives you a glimpse into the production of the tune. You can watch over at Huff Po by clicking here right here

STEVEN BRADLEY TAKES SESSIONS TO MONKEY TRENCH STUDIOS

APR 18, 2017

A road trip is always a good thing especially if it involves getting an old friend to throw down on your project. To that end Steve heads to Bremerton WA. today to collaborate with Mike Herrera from MXPX.

The two will be working up backing vocal parts for the upcoming debut full length and the parts will be getting additional love down the road from Steven McDonald (Redd Kross). Now we just need a name for the Beach Boys inspired vocal section!

THE ABDUCTION E.P. FROM SPIDER ACCOMPLICE GETS GREAT REVIEWS

JAN 25, 2017

After honing songs and performances with Steve at Hell's Half Acre last Fall, Spider Accomplice have put together an outstanding release and music press is loving it. Additionally the video for the track "You Still Lie" has just won an award for best video from L.A. Music Critic. Congrats to the band on all their hard work being recognized!

EX-TEENS WORKING WITH STEVE AGAIN IN DECEMBER

DEC 01, 2016

Los Angles based Ex-Teens have locked out dates in December to track four new tunes for an E.P. The tunes will be paired with a few others Steve has alreay tracked and mixed for the group.

The band features Guitarist Chris Silagyi of the late 70's power pop act 20/20 ("Little Yellow Pills") and has a lot in common with The Move and Joe Jackson. Follow along on social media as the sessions get going, this is going to be a good one!

THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE WRAPS "THE ABDUCTION" STREET DATE OCT 1.

SEPT 17, 2016

Los Angeles based rockers The Spider Accomplice have completed work on their new E.P. entitled "The Abduction" and have slated it for an October 1st Street Date. The band has been hiding out up here in the mountains throughout July and August and piecing together the tracks from pre-production through to mix.

The record's sound casts a wide spectrum and touches on pop, metal and horror-rock. Fronted by the incomparable V.K. Lynne who full-on sings her lungs out, the line up also includes guitarist Arno Nurmisto and drummer Justin Lee Dixon. Studio bass duties were handled by the talented Andy Faust. Mastering was performed in house by our own Michael Hateley. Congrats to The Spider Accomplice on their forthcoming release!

Check out the band's making of video:

M.X.P.X.'s "LIFE IN GENERAL TURNS 20 YEARS OLD!

JULY 20, 2016

One of Steve's signature records is without a doubt "Life In General" the fourth studio album from Bremerton WA. based M.X.P.X. Crafted in the spring of 1996 and released that summer the record changed the course of the band's career and made an indelible mark on the pop-punk genre.

Crafted at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood and mixed in Studio D on the A & M lot at the corner of Sunset and Highland the record has sold in excess of 400,000 units.

The proposed single "Move to Bremerton" was pushed aside when it became apparent that the hit "Chick Magnet" was connecting with fans everywhere. Happy Birthday to one of the greatest pop-punk records ever made!

HEAR KITTY KITTY COMPLETING FULL LENGTH WITH STEVE

MAY 12, 2016

Los Angeles based pop-punk act Hear Kitty Kitty have been on the scene for some time. The band features Cordell Crockett of Ugly Kid Joe and Kitty herself, who is a Danzig inspired bad-ass with a great voice.

After years of demoing and re-writing the band has come up with a solid ten tunes that touch on Nirvana, Green Day and a cheekier Paramore.

Mixes are underway now and the project is sounding amazing, drummer Luca D'Angelo nails this one to the floor and his snare tone on these recordings is so close to "Nevermind" that it's kinda uncanny. Look for more news on this great band in the near future cuz these guys are getting signed.

LOUIS LINGG AND THE BOMBS RETURN FOR NEW L.P. MIXES

FEB 12, 2016

The punk pride of Paris, France has come back to the Acre to have their new L.P. mixed. Louis Lingg and the Bombs' sound has shown plenty of growth since Steve last worked with them. New tracks are heavy on electronics and programming but the band's hardcore roots and pop sensibilities shine through. The first song we have up feels like Prodigy mixed with Black Flag and Paramore if you can believe that! We are super excited that the band chose to return to work at Hell's Half Acre. It's the best compliment we could ever ask for.

A BUSY NEW YEAR BRINGS SPRING SPECIALS!

JAN 14, 2016

The 2016 campaign has kicked off with a bang. We just hosted Portland Garage Rock queen Susan Surftone for three new songs that we tracked, mixed and mastered. Next up is Music Connection contest winner, Lauren Flaherty-Rossi. She's getting one song mixed by Steve for her "Friday Freebie." Steven Bradley rounds out the month with vocals on his upcoming full-length. Book now for spring specials like Drum tracking at $350 per day. Inquire within!

MUSIC CONNECTION FRIDAY FREEBIE CONTEST FEATURES STEVE AND HELL'S HALF ACRE!

OCT 24, 2015

Steve has partnered with Music Connection Magazine in support of their Friday Freebie Contest and that's good news! You see it means that some lucky band or artist will win a FREE MIX at Hell's Half Acre performed by Gold Accredited Mixer and Engineer Steve Kravac. Follow this link to enter NOW!!! A big thank you to the entire staff of Music Connection for their help in sponsoring this great promotion!

STEVEN BRADLEY LOCKS OUT THE ACRE FOR SEPT. AND OCT.

AUG 20, 2015

Singer songwriter Steven Bradley has locked out Hell's Half Acre for fall sessions that are expected to continue well into October. These sessions will be to record Bradley's debut solo effort tentatively entitled "Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears," for Indie label Porterhouse Records.

With a batch of twelve songs up for consideration the material runs a power pop gamut that recalls Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, Sugar, Elvis Costello and Teenage Fanclub.

Steve Kravac is producing and early committed contributors on the project include Mike Herrera of M.X.P.X., Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion, Kevin Kane of Grapes of Wrath, Steve McDonald of Redd Kross, Bobby Adams of 7 Seconds, Wayne Kramer of the MC 5 and L.A. based guitartist Scrote (former-Stripminers). Sessions are expected to start at the beginning of September and Steven has promised to post lots of photos and video for you on the Hell's Half Acre Facebook page!

THE RETURN OF THREE O'CLOCK TRAIN

JULY 17, 2015

Mack MacKenzie of Montreal based alt country act Three O'Clock Train has returned to the Acre to track vocals on the four tunes he and Steve have worked up. Steve will then be throwing down on back up vocals and percussion before banging out mixes on the Soundcraft 6000. Look for updates and photos on the Facebook page.

NEW ARRIVALS AT HELL'S HALF ACRE

JUNE 10, 2015

A few more cool items have made their way into the arsenal up here on the mountain. One of the coolest is a vintage Premier 5 x 14 metal snare. This drum is booming and sounds deep and thick, just an all around great snare drum.

We have also added an weighted 88 key controller to pair with our outstanding collection of sounds courtesy of I.K. Multimedia and their "Total Studio Package. "Additionally we have come into possession of a vintage YC-30 Yamaha electric organ, which is way gone!

KIERAN STRANGE E.P. "LAST HERO STANDING" HITS STORES; FEATURES THREE CO-WRITES WITH STEVE!

MAY 5, 2015

Vancouver based singer Kieran Strange released her sophomore E.P. this week and three of the four tracks are co-writes between Kieran and Steve.

The two collaborated last fall and built the tunes that would eventually comprise the majoity this release. Equal parts aggressive, tender and epic Last Hero Standing" puts Kieran's amazing and evocative voice on full display.

You can listen to the tunes right here, so do it already!

MONTREAL'S ALT COUNTRY GODFATHERS THREE O'CLOCK TRAIN BEGIN NEW E.P. WITH STEVE AT THE ACRE.

APRIL. 16, 2015

Long before alt-country was household word, Mack MacKenzie and his band Three O'Clock Train helped define the genre that would become a banner for that sound. With solid writing and heartfelt vocals the band made a name for themselves with quality releases and consistent touring throughout North America.

Now Mack has teamed up with Steve to create 4 new versions of Train classics that will be released on an upcoming E.P. though Porterhouse Records. The idea is to recreate the songs with a nod to today's production techniques while keeping the original spark intact. Quite a challenge, but things are off to a good start. Look at the Hell's Half Acre Facebook page for updates on the sessions which will reconvene in July.

GIBSON A-50 MANDOLIN HAS A FOREVER HOME IN HELL!

MARCH 30, 2015

We are always seeking to improve our facility and the instruments we have available for our clients. With that in mind Hell's Half Acre has taken delivery of a circa 1950's Gibson A-50 Mandolin. Available for you on any session here, the instrument is completely original and possesses a rich tone that is bright and cutting as you would expect. It's spruce top and mahogany neck make it a great player that will add a whole other level of stringed tone to your recording! Welcome home little Gibbie!

BLINK 182 "CHESHIRE CAT" HAS 20TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

FEB. 17, 2015

Unbelievable that it was 20 years ago today that Blink released the record Cheshire Cat.

Recorded in part at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, the record was a huge success and launched Blink on their way to super stardom.

In a marathon 3 day session at Westbeach Steve recorded 17 songs with the guys. Congrats to the band on the record's 20 anniversary!

NEW YEAR KICKS OFF WITH STEVE'S WRITING SESSIONS

JAN. 15, 2015

Hell's Half Acre owner and operator Steve Kravac has locked out the studio this month and is wood-shedding new songs for a debut solo release. Targeting twelve songs for a full length album, the material in development runs the gamut of Steve's 90's power pop obsession. Early listens are drawing comparisons to Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould and Sugar, as well as Elvis Costello and Teenage Fanclub.

Steve is targeting a late 2015 street date for the release, tentatively entitled "Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears." His own Indie label Porterhouse Records will be releasing the record on vinyl and digitally.

THE ACRE ADDS NEW TOYS FOR YOU

OCT. 13, 2014

We wanted to let you know about some new arrivals up at Hell's Half Acre that will make your next record sound even better.

Firstly, we have acquired the "Little Kahuna" all tube spring reverb and tremolo unit designed and hand-built by punk rock legend and all around nice guy Billy Zoom. Whether front ending your guitar rig, or using it during mixdown while patched into the console this box sounds incredible. We are so excited to have some of Billy's fine work in our room.

In the stringed department we have added two new instruments. Our new 1975 Fender Precision Bass with maple neck will bring thundering low end to your project. Assembled from cherry picked vintage parts it is to die for. And if that wasn't enough we just took delivery of a gorgeous 1972 Fender Telecaster also with maple neck. Weighing in at 9 pounds, this guitar is Les Paul heavy and combines the driving low mids of a Paul with the indie rock sparkle of a Tele.

Come on up, we've got you covered!

IT'S "HEAVEN TONIGHT" UP AT THE ACRE

Aug. 13, 2014

John Kastner (Doughboys, Asexuals, All Systems Go, and Steve are currently tracking a version of Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight" up at Hell's Half Acre. The song will appear on the forthcoming release "Never Surrender" a tribute to Cheap Trick.

Australian based power pop label Zero Hour will be releasing the tribute compilation worldwide and a host of other exciting acts are involved including The Kiss Offs and The Cry.

The project is a studio reunion of sorts for John and Steve who's last collaboration bore "Whatever" the debut album from John's band The Doughboys which has been long recognized as a classic Canadian punk rock release.

N.O.F.X. "PUNK IN DRUBLIC" 20TH ANNIVERSARY

July 19, 2014

July 19th marks the release of NOFX gold record "Punk in Drublic" on Epitaph Records. This was actually one of the first sessions that Steve worked on after arriving in Los Angeles in 1994. "We knew it was going to be big, but we didn't know it was going to be THAT big!" says Steve about the record.

The album was produced by Ryan Greene who went on to record a number of releases with the band. Sessions were tracked at Wetstbeach Recorders on Hollywood Boulevard over a period of roughly 21 days. Steve worked as the second engineer and was credited as "Steve Kravic" on the album's liner notes. Congrats NOFX!

MID SUMMER AT THE ACRE

July 17, 2014

We are having a great summer up in the countryside. The control room has been purring with the sounds of Kieran Strange as we wrap up mixing of her new E.P. Steve co-wrote three of the four tracks with Kieran and they are coming together perfectly. Damn this girl can sing!!!

Hollywood's Maxie Dean recently returned to record two more new songs, this in addition to the two tracks they banged out in late spring. The boys obviously like the atmosphere up here!

In other news Steve has been playing mad scientist and luthier as he assembles what we hope will be the new studio Fender Precision Bass from a ton of 70's parts he procured. Stay tuned for more haps and feel free to give Hell's Half Acre a like on Facebook here so you can follow our aural adventures up here on the mountain.

NEW 7 SECONDS ALBUM IMPRESSING THE CRITICS

June 15, 2014

Reviews have been coming from around the globe on the new 7 Seconds full length "Leave A Light On" and they are uniformly stellar.

The album was recorded and mixed at Hell's Half Acre by Steve and was released on the powerhouse indie Rise Records. We're not sure anyone could have anticipated this kind of response from the music press, and the supportive reviews just keep coming. The Reno Gazette-Journal had this to say on the subject so click here to have a look!

HOLLYWOOD'S "MAXIE DEAN" TRACK AT HELL'S HALF ACRE!

May 13, 2014

Hollywood's newest band just made the journey to Hell's to record their debut release!

Named after the Bettlejuice character, Maxie Dean blend punk indie and good old rock and roll. Over the course of one weekend the guys recorded and mixed two brand new songs for an electronic 7 inch that should be released shortly.

VANCOUVER'S KIERAN STRANGE RECORDING E.P. AT HELL'S HALF ACRE NOW!

April 29, 2014

Vancouver based singer Kieran Strange is in the midst of working up a four song E.P. with Steve Kravac. The two have co-written three new songs together and are developing the tracks over the next couple of weeks.

The material leans towards a pop punk and modern rock sound which is a switch up from Keiran's last release. She'll be touring the United States and Canada to support her forthcoming release and you can get session updates on the Hell's Half Acre Facebook here to keep updated.

SUSAN SURFTONE ARRIVES AT HELL'S HALF ACRE FOR NEW E.P.

March 9, 2014

Guitar-slinging garage and surf rock queen Susan Surftone is checking into Hell's Half Acre today to begin recording a new six song E.P.

Susan has worked with Steve continuously since the two collaborated on her 2011 full length "Shore" and this new project will be number three together. Steve will be guesting on drums for the E.P. as well as producing and engineering.

Mastering will be handled by Hell's Half Acre main mastering man Michael Hateley.

IT'S A WRAP! NEW 7 SECONDS FULL LENGTH COMPLETED!

March 6, 2014

Hi friends just a quick update for you. After a long stint at Hell's Half Acre your hardcore punk heros 7 Seconds have a brand new full length under their belt.

The record contains fourteen new tunes and with four of them being of the melodic mid tempo category, it means there's plenty of bread and butter for the band's hardcore punk rock fans. Indie label Rise Records will be distributing the release worldwide and they'll be posting news and updates about the official street date for the project.

Mastering was just completed by our own mastering guru Michael Hateley and production and engineering duties were handled by Hell's owner and chief cook Steve Kravac.

Thanks to Rise Records and 7 Seconds for choosing Hell's Half Acre!

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