No Studio

Don’t Piss On Me, I’m Already Dead

What do you do if you want to make music but there aren’t any instruments around? If you’re Crywank, you pick up the nearest thing to hand and you make noises with it. Then you play that thing over and over until you have a song.

In the process of recording their new album, I got to record the following DIY instruments:

-Spring Machine
-Egg
-Jack-in-the-box
-Tambourine Man
-Hambone
-Squeaky Squirrel Toy
-Dog Bowl
-Mouth Pop
-Screwdrivers
-Toy Phone

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My approach to the record wasn’t any different from usual really, I just used my ears and put mics here and there. The most technical I got in the whole process was that the drums were recorded using either the Glynn Johns method or the usual close mics, spaced overheads and wild rooms mics. Then we’d just decide which approach was best for each track. That’s it. The rest was pretty much just a case of micing up home-made instruments or toys (apparently there aren’t any books or online guides on how to capture someone slapping their belly and their thighs) so it was total guesswork.

I’m not gonna lie, there were moments in the studio where I may have thought “why would Dan want that many tambourines attached to him” or ”how the hell should I mic up a dog bowl”, but it was amazing to have them trust me on this record, and I think it came out really well. Give it a listen below: