It’s hard to make out, but this guitar had a picture of Aaliyah taped between the pickups. (Said guitar was maimed badly in a fire and is now sitting in my closet, waiting to be rehabbed.)
(This guitar also had a ton of other crap on it - the “DIE MTV DIE” sticker, which covered up where I’d written “Tod zu falschem Metall”, Japanese photo booth stickers all over the upper bout, and the scratchplate had “SATAN” painted on it in bright pink letters. The pickups were mostly shot, and the tone pot had become disconnected at some point to I just took it out.)

It’s hard to make out, but this guitar had a picture of Aaliyah taped between the pickups. (Said guitar was maimed badly in a fire and is now sitting in my closet, waiting to be rehabbed.)

(This guitar also had a ton of other crap on it - the “DIE MTV DIE” sticker, which covered up where I’d written “Tod zu falschem Metall”, Japanese photo booth stickers all over the upper bout, and the scratchplate had “SATAN” painted on it in bright pink letters. The pickups were mostly shot, and the tone pot had become disconnected at some point to I just took it out.)

American School of Warsaw - “Ready to Wait”

While we’re at it, here’s an ASOW tune for comparison. 

This was the last song on our first full-length record (not counting the sonic abomination that was the self-recorded, self-titled disc we did in 2005). Knobs were twiddled by this guy, to good effect. 

I still like listening to this record every once in a while, flawed as it is. We played way too fast, I think because we were nervous or something, and Jack doesn’t abide by drummers using click tracks except to get a tempo at the head of a song. There are little clams here and there that I’m sure no one but us noticed. That maybe a handful of people ever even heard this record in the first place may have had something to do with that. But in the end, it was fun. We got some airplay on KEXP and KISW and some other stations here and there, and played a lot of ridiculous shows. That’s what rock bands do, amirite?

Stereo Creeps - “Genetic Mishap”

Three of my former bandmates from American School of Warsaw have started a new group, and this is what they sound like. I dig it.

That Fender Twin will have appeared on no less that four records I’ve played on (three with Key Note Speaker, one with American School of Warsaw). Of note: it’s the same amp that Nirvana’s Bleach was recorded with (along with countless other Endino-engineered records). Grüngy!
(photo by Scott)

That Fender Twin will have appeared on no less that four records I’ve played on (three with Key Note Speaker, one with American School of Warsaw). Of note: it’s the same amp that Nirvana’s Bleach was recorded with (along with countless other Endino-engineered records). Grüngy!

(photo by Scott)