The Wipers, a band originating from Portland, OR, has consistently released sonically diverse records since the late 70’s. Some sound raw, some sound smooth, some sound live. I’ve been listening to their album Is This Real? a lot lately and noticed that something doesn’t sound quite right. The drums are buried and the bass sounds muddy. Greg Sage, The Wipers’ singer and songwriter, is notoriously good at avoiding the music press and the record industry in general. He keeps to himself and is very DIY-oriented. I have no problem with this other than it makes finding any information on him, his band, and his recording process very difficult. I spent a couple hours today looking for info on how he writes and records and finally hit the jackpot.
For the non-musically or -technically inclined, much of this interview will come off as gibberish, but the details Sage offers on his ideas of the recording industry do shed light on why he does things the way he does. If you’re a fan of The Wipers, a musician, and/or want to learn about recording, give this article a shot.