Background: The band has been playing together for about three years now. We all worked together at a TV station in Austin, Texas, which is where we met. We released our second CD, Mega, this past January and have been doing a national college radio campaign and touring to promote it.
Synth sounds on Mega: We got a lot of really rad keyboard sounds on this album using a Moog Little Phatty, Alesis Micron, Korg MS2000, and MicroKorg. We’ve been getting way into circuit bending lately, taking old Casio keyboards and re-wiring them to get some crazy, wicked sounds. When we record our next album, I’m sure they’ll find their way into the mix. Also, we’ll probably find a way to get a Mellotron onto the next record.
Favorite hardware: I think our favorite keyboards would have to be Moogs. We make a lot of our sounds with our Little Phatty, and we used to have an MG-1. We really want a Voyager. Someday. . . .
Favorite keyboard song: Wow, only picking one will be tough! Our favorite would probably be “Truck” by Octopus Project. We also really like “Creepy Girls” by Call Florence Pow.
Words of wisdom: When buying an old analog synth, be aware that you’ll never be able to find the exact same sound twice. And, always experiment! Just when you think you have found everything your keyboard is capable of, you might stumble onto something really rad!
Influences: Devo, The Cars, The Rentals, eight-bit Nintendo.
Favorite gear: Moog Little Phatty, Akai MPC1000, Fender tube amps, Boss Loop- Station pedals.