Every now and then I buy a shirt at a gig to support the artist, unfortunately over time the shirts shrink or stretch through wear and tear (or more like my body shrinks and stretches) and they don’t fit any more. I would hate to throw out these shirts especially because they are mostly from local bands I’ve had some kind of history with, either as a punter or by sharing the stage.
So to keep those memories alive, I’ve cut up the designs and made them into canvas pieces to put up on a wall. It’s pretty darn easy to do, all you need is to buy blank canvases or frames from a place like Lindcraft, Spotlight or The Reject Shop, they cost about $4 each. Then cut up the shirt with scissors and use a stapler to attach them to the canvas. To mount them on the wall I use 3M Command picture hanging strips so that there’s no drilling involved.
Put your old shirts up on your wall
Our equipment is ever-changing, here is the latest update as of March 2012
Amps (for club shows):
- Fender Deville (mk1) 4×10 with 35w Jensen speakers.
- Fender Deville (mk1) 4×10 with 30w Eminence speakers (spkrs need replacing when I have time/cash).
- MarkBass 1×15 combo (littlemark II head)
Amps (for festival/arena shows):
- Fender Deville 4×10/2×12
- Fender HotRod Deluxe 1×12
- Fender Twin 2×12
- Vox AC30 2×12
- Ampeg SVT Classic / Ampeg SVT 8×10
Otto’s effects chain:
- Big Muff (RI)
- Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer (sometimes, for boost)
- TC Electronic NOVA delay
- BOSS DD-3 delay
- T-Rex Room-Mate reverb
- BOSS TU-2 tuner
- Powered by 1-spot + power board for reverb pedal
- Case: Diago Showman
Kid’s effects chain:
- Micro POG
- Diamond Bass Compressor (voiced for guitar)
- Fulltone OCD
- MI Boost ‘N Buff
- Line6 DL4 delay
- BOSS TR-2 tremelo
- TC Electronic Hall-of-Fame reverb
- BOSS TU-2 tuner
- Powered by T-Rex Fuel Tank Classic
- Case: Diago Showman
Alex’s effects chain:
- BOSS BF-3 flanger (i think…)
- BOSS DD20 Gigadelay
- BOSS TU-2 tuner
- Powered by 1-spot
- Case: Diago Gigman
- Macbook Pro 13″ for Ableton Live 8
- Presonus FP10
- Various 5-channel mixer (for drummer)
- Shure P2R wireless monitoring (for guitarists)
- Case: Diago Tourman
- Pearl Masters 1 rack, 2 floor
- Zildjian Cymbals
- Vic Firth sticks
- Alex – Musicman/Sterling R35
- Alex – Fender Jazz Bass (5-string)
- Kid – 2012 custom baritone #1 (girlcat)
- Kid – 2012 custom baritone #2 (rats)
- Kid – 2012 custom SC (drop-D)
- Kid – Fender Telecaster Deluxe (USA)
- Otto – Gibson Les Paul Standard (USA)
- Otto – 2012 custom baritone #1 (girlcat)
- Otto – Fender Baritone Special (Japan)
What we have our eyes on:
Electric Guitar Company custom baritones / aluminiums, gnarly effects pedals (always), MarkBass 800′s, Fender amps which do not break, Sunn Model-T’s, AMPEG fridges that don’t weight 1 billion tonnes.
I have been slack updating this blog, I think it will be one of those places I update ad-hoc every rare once in a while to kind of archive stuff.
Music performance is a big part of my life. Outside of my day job I’m pretty much doing something related to music. Pretty much all my friends these days have something to do with the music scene or we have a connection through music in some way shape or form. There’s a few personal achievements I feel should be noted down somewhere perhaps for myself to look back on when I’m old and grey… here’s some cool stuff I enjoyed over the years:
what: My band Tenstone won Youthrock 2000 at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. Out of it we won studio time at Trackdown, a gig supporting Christine Anu at an Olympic Torch relay event and a showcase with Mushroom Group’s Harbour Agency. Funny thing is that today, 12 years later, sleepmakeswaves works with Dan Sant from Harbour Agency.
year: 2002 – 2005
what: I play guitar in a new-metal-rap-rock band called Dropjive. I cringe a bit listening back to what we wrote but hey we were all teenagers trying to be cool. I ended up meeting some very cool people through this band, some of which are still performing musos today including Raj Wakeling from Ashes and Johnny Wishbone from The Snowdroppers. It was in this band I did my first proper pub/bar gigs at places like The Cat & Fiddle in Balmain and The Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills.
what: I create a bedroom project called ‘sleepmakeswaves’ with early collaborations with Jeremy Davidson (Johnny Wishbone) and Dom Alessio (Triple J presenter).
what: I buy a cheap $100 bass guitar and end up auditioning for Sydney band Cameras. They end up taking me on board as a live session bassist and we go on to do some amazing things such as the Roxy Music Australian tour playing arena shows to tens of thousands of people, major festivals in Australia such as BDO, Playground Weekender, Southbound and Peat’s Ridge. They also take me along to the USA for the first time to showcase at CMJ New York and LA.
what: sleepmakeswaves becomes a proper post-rock band and we start recording and playing shows. We’re building up some worldwide cred and have just returned home from a successful USA/SXSW tour. European tour is next! We’ve done so many cool things with sleepmakeswaves it’s going to be hard to list them all. Playing alongside and getting to meet some of our heroes like And So I Watch You From Afar, Pelican, Russian Circles, MONO and Boris have been highlights with more to come this year (65daysofstatic, this will destroy you, Karnivool…)
1. Twentytwelve Semi-hollow baritone (#34 girlcat) w/ Seymour Duncan SH-1 ’59 neck and SH-5 bridge pickups
2. Fender Baritone Special HH (stock)
3. Fender USA deluxe telecaster w/ lindy fralin pickups
4. Gibson Les Paul standard (stock)
5. Fender Jazz bass (Mexican 5-string)
6. Maton acoustic guitar (not sure of the model, belongs to Otto)
7. Unknown acoustic guitar used by Fred Baty on track 7.
“EXCITEMENT COMMENCE!!!” as I posted late last night on Jon’s facebook. The guitars have been finished off and even though I don’t have them in the flesh just yet, I can tell they are going to be works of art. After finalising some decisions surrounding hardware and finish, Jon powered through the last stages of the guitars applying a little bit of magic here and there along the way (or so that’s how it plays out in my head).
I think they speak for themselves, check out these progress photos:
Many many (many) coats of staining, painting, laquer, waxing, sanding and buffing we have results!