Philly Tapes Philly is back with the second installment of its new monthly tape collaboration, this time featuring Delco Pacers and Weekender. Curated by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, the idea developed out of a desire to work on more collaborations and get bands in the studio together, as Commonwealth Choir’s Nick Cislak explained over email.
“We were able to book a show together last month and we wanted to do something to make it unique,” says Cislak. “Our singer Davis Howley actually came up with the idea to do cassettes. It just so happened that Sam Long (Big Tusk) had a 4-track cassette recorder that he was dying to put to use for something cool.”
Recorded in Commonwealth Choir’s studio, The Gun Shop, the limited run of 50 cassettes includes one song from each participating band. The process is totally analog and one-of a kind, with members of each band contributing to the other’s contribution.
“[We] figured out a pretty cool process where each band records a live take of a song, and then we used the remaining two tracks on the cassette to overdub some fun collaborative elements (back-up vocals, shakers, tambourines, percussion, even a miniature baby grand piano that the Tusk guys had).”
To keep the results of these sessions exciting, the featured bands will remain a mystery up until the month that their tape gets released at a special joint show. But you can be sure the match-up will be interesting and maybe even unexpected, due to the unifying nature and mission of the project. Philly Tapes Philly‘s main focus is to bring bands together that may not meet or play shows together otherwise, thereby breaking down the boundaries between local music niches and expanding the creative nature of the city as a whole.
“Most bands draw inspiration from various styles anyway. The more people in the room with different backgrounds and experience, the cooler/more unique the product becomes. We are definitely looking to pair bands that can learn from each other and make really great music.”
Philly Tapes Philly: Vol. 2 with Delco Pacers and Weekender will be released at a special free show at Ortlieb’s on April 24th. The first 50 people in the door will get a free copy of the limited edition cassette to enjoy after each band performs. More information can be found here. Bands that are interested in participating can message the project on Facebook here.
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