Saturday, March 14, 2015

FAR OUT cassette (SS011)

sisster ssound recordings #11

FAR OUT two-song cassette single. featuring tracks from their upcoming full length lp "UNIVERSE" (scheduled for release spring 2015 on honeygold records).

blending elements of power pop, rock, and punk, the houston based 3 piece defies easy categorization. but whatever you want to call it, they're doing it right. with straight forward, upbeat instrumentation masking the often dark honesty of their lyrical content.

recorded at sugar hill studios and produced by studio monster dan workman. released here in a cassette edition of only 75. with full color jcards and hand stamped shells. includes digital download. available now in the sisster STORE.

cigar box attempt one

inspired by VVLAD and others that are building their own instruments (as well as those that are generating sound via non traditional means of instrumentation) i decided to try my hand at building a cigar box guitar a few months ago. i wish i would have seen that science and mechanics article from a few posts back before starting. i didn't have any plans and kind of made it up as i went, working on assumption. the action ended up much higher than anticipated, with no real means of adjustment outside of building a new bridge. but still plays well enough with a slide. i'd initially planned on making it 2 strings and had already cut the wood for the neck by the time i decided to go 3. making the headstock a little short with relation to the spacing between the tuning peg for the bottom string and the nut. the body is 1/8" birch and doesn't resonate much for size and stiffness to generate much volume. but i mounted a contact mic inside the body under the bridge to act as a pickup. so it can be plugged into an amp and resonates surprisingly well from there. definitely not my greatest achievement, but i'm pretty happy with the outcome and learned a lot for a first attempt.