Hi, my name is Mike and the name of my recording entity is Cut The Shit.
Cut the Shit started life as a sticker. Or rather, a planned record label that made it to the "making stickers" stage right before I lost my job in 2008. Despite the nonexistence of the label, the stickers were popular for what I would hope are obvious reasons, so the name waited for something worth attaching it to.
Over the last few years I have amassed some basic recording equipment and a humble cement room in which to lay down tracks. First, it was for recording the band I play in, but eventually I worked up to doing some recording for other local groups. Throughout this process I always had a thought that it would be awesome to spend a day with as many bands as I could laying down tracks and making a compilation out of them. I pitched the idea to some interest to a few people over the years, but it wasn't until I had all the pieces to be self-sufficient recording-wise that the plan actually came together.
This compilation is the result. A 13 hour recording session from 10am to 11pm with 10 bands who showed up early to record on a beautiful June day, grilled homemade veggie burgers and hot dogs, drank many beers, and stuck around to watch each other play.
At the beginning of the day, it resembled a normal session: a few people in the studio banging out takes and getting work done, but by the afternoon and evening it had mutated. Thirty people watching some poor dude do a vocal take. Drunken drummers being grabbed to replace a drum machine. Gang vocals being taught as they were performed. A cover being hammered out at the end of the night against all odds and substances. It was exactly as I'd imagined it and it was awesome.
So, dig it. This is the record of that party. I hope you enjoy these bands and their songs as much as I do and forgive the warts. No band spent more than an hour on their track that day. Some were recorded with live vocals through a PA. Overdubs were done with monitors instead of headphones. Bass amps got put too close to snare drums. Drumsticks got dropped. Miraculously, though, the recording equipment (myself included) cooperated all day. Look for Vol. 2 this fall.
released July 6, 2013
Recorded/engineered/mixed by Mike Cunnane (Cut the Shit recording)