Praise for "Banned Standards":
"Noise laden and sinister, the tracks are full of sonic gems from vintage synths, gritty guitars and field recordings. The overall vibe is decidedly lo-fi, but not to be trendy. Rather, the lo-fi production is an integral part of delivering the aesthetic of the tracks. The Finer Points of Sadism push the experimental envelope in a way few bands dare to. This album is a must have." - Floorshime Zipper Boots music blog: floorshimezipperboots.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-finer-points-of-sadism-banned.html
As with all FPS albums, for best results please listen through headphones. This way you'll catch all the fun little noises we have in the background, through which laptop speakers would not be sufficient. This is the 7th album release by The Finer Points Of Sadism (FPS) and the first in over a year. After recording approximately 9 hours of tracks, it was whittled down to the final 17 that comprise this album. "Hydroplane" features vocals from Vince Gauthier-Bradner (Corroded Master) and the words and music for "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" were originally written by Jacobb when he was in his early teens. Ashley Sackett wrote "Wood Patterns". "Atop, Above" was written with a form of the Cut Up Method for the lyrics. The lyrics for "John Roston" were written by our own 6 year old daughter, Sofia. "Stridulation Arcing" is a series of field recordings using nail polish bottles as the main rhythms and a metal sign from a car wash providing heavy bass-like ambiance in the background. All the instrumentals on the album were improvisations. Some of the voices you hear on various tracks derive mostly from hypnosis cassette tapes made in the early 90's for weight loss and one for getting rich. A Tascam DR-05 was used to record crickets, traffic noise, dogs barking and coincidentally, some neighbors of ours a few houses down arguing.
These are all analog recordings, created with many different instruments and equipment, the most helpful on this album being a Moog Little Phatty synthesizer, Kaossilator (also played through guitar FX pedals at times), a large homemade contact mic with various live materials recorded through it such as a sign from a carwash, plastic, nail polish bottles, a Vox looper unit and of course the steel guitar. Improvisation is the origin for the majority of the recordings on this album (as is with most FPS material), for the exception of "Person Of Interest" and "St. Valentine's Day Massacre", which had chords written out beforehand.
released 30 September 2013
Ashley Sackett - Bass, Circuit Bent items, Field Recordings, Found Sounds, FX, Kaossilator, Rhythms (track #2), Steel Guitar, Synthesizers
Jacobb Sackett - Bass, Circuit Bent items, Drums/Rhythms, Field Recordings, Found Sounds, FX, Guitars, Synthesizers, Tapes, Vocals
Mixed and Mastered by FPS
Recorded August - September 2013, FPS HQ, Boise, Idaho, USA.
All lyrics by Jacobb Sackett except tracks #6 by Sofia Sackett and #15 by Ashley Sackett.
Cover Photo: Ashley Sackett
Cover Design: FPS
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