Talking to Sean he is probably one of the nicest guys in the music scene, but when he starts playing its like something the devil spat out because it left a bad taste in his mouth. Waves Crashing Piano Chords is pure electronic noise genius. We met up with Sean to talk about eight tracks, destroying equipment, and almost losing limbs during a show.
Describe what Waves Crashing Piano Chords is.
I am more influenced by the early eighties William benant white house. Who started power electronics, which is what I am doing. Everyone says what I do is noise, but what I am doing is power electronics. Painful for the sake of painful; It’s like pain endurance for anyone who sticks out my whole set. It’s like someone is giving you an Indian burn for ten minutes straight.
White house is a big deal for me. That dude put out ten albums in the eighties and it was just minimalistic feedback with vintage synthesizers. I am pretty much doing the exact same thing. I am not doing anything original.
It may not be original but it is new to here.
Kind of, in a sense. The guy from Liquor is probably the best around here. He’s been doing the noise scene around here since the early 80’s. Lawrence from Foot and Mouth Disease has also been a part of it. The experimental noise scene has been around here for awhile. I just don’t think anyone really was aware of it.
When I came out here I played with rot core and metal core bands. I think when I came out here, and I was a nice guy, and I made friends in the scene, and saw what I did, I think more people are aware of it.
You have a crazy story about your first performance. What happened?
I got booked at a all metal core and breakdown band show. While I was setting up a guy came up and asked why I didn’t have a drummer. When I told him I was doing a noise set and he called me a fag.
I was about to start my set, and the guy who booked the show was going to introduce me. While I was waiting to be introduced the same guy yelled out “Just get it over with you fat faggot” So I turned on my equipment, and I started singing and what not. The guy was on stage and I was trying to get back at him I guess so I started screaming in his face. He pushed me, there were speakers all over the ground that I fell over.
When I fell I tore all of the ligaments in my left knee, my knee cap was on the other side of my leg. I kept singing, trying to finish the performance on the ground. He turned all of my equipment, started belittling me, and told me I deserved it for trying to ruin equipment.
I was bedridden for six months. I almost lost my leg, they told me at one point they were going to take my leg off. Turns out the next day I was going to be fine, but for twenty four hours I thought I was going to lose my leg. It was crazy.
It was a really good first show though, I was happy with it. [Laughs]
Eight months later I played my second show and just kept at it. When I came back I was really pissed, those were crazy sets. I usually would play for almost a minute before people turned off my equipment. One night, I saw someone was going to turn off my equipment, so I just broke it all my equipment. I destroyed almost three grand of gear that night. After that I had to take another six months off to build my gear back up again.
That’s why when I put out the eight track it was only fifty seconds long; because at most of those shows, people only saw me for fifty seconds. It was kind of a sentimental release, even though most people told me I was really pretentious to put out an album that was only fifty seconds long, to which I would respond “There is a story behind it, but you’re probably not worth hearing it”. [Laughs]
You’ve released more albums on eight tracks, vinyl, and cassettes, than MP3 or CDs why is that?
All my stuff has been released on eight tracks or vinyl. No cassettes yet, but I might be releasing on with Night Terror. Growing up my parents and my grandma still had their eight tracks with all of the music they grew up on. For the first ten years of my life those were still around, so eight tracks have been a big part of my life.
I found a guy who still made eight tracks in Texas. For my last release I made 20 eight tracks for $400. I made $200 back so it was a loss but it was a gain in a sense that it got me attention I suppose. When I got it the guy told me he was done making them, so unless someone starts making eight tracks again, those will be the last made in America. I’m proud of that.
So what’s next for Waves Crashing Piano Chords?
I really want to put out vinyl next. I am making three right now; A 5” with Dirty Needle, a 12” with Foot and Mouth Disease, and the last is a split with C.L.A.M.
The Foot and Mouth Disease split we are calling puke colored vinyl because all of the records are made from melted down old records so each is a different color.
If there was one thing you could change about the music scene what would it be?
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