The LMS Mix-Tape
We asked you to send us the music you make with the parts you build. And your submissions keep coming!
Music is a personal thing. We don't know what makes a song "good" to one person or "bad" to another. We're of the decidedly unjudge-y variety. But, what we do know is there's never been a better time to be an artist. It's relatively cheap and easy to make whatever kind of tunes you love. What can be hard is finding an audience.
So here are some of the submissions we received, coming to you straight and unfiltered from our inbox. Each month we'll be adding links to this post, updating it with new music and videos.
We won't be curating (or ignoring!) any of these submissions. You send 'em, we post 'em. (Note: To those of you who have more than one project, we only picked one to post. But, good for ya'll for having so many bands!)
Our goal is to listen, be inspired, and create a LMS community that fosters and supports those within it. So give these songs a spin, show some support for your fellow music-makers, and maybe you'll even discover your new favorite band.
All links provided by the artists, commentary by Lawrence.
Here Knows When - Reverberations from a two-dimensional universe, projected to induce the perception of space and time while gazing at your shoes.
Burrows - Hardcore Crowbar Metal Sludge.
Blinded by Visions - Instrumental Riff Rock from Dirty Visions FX.
OHMNO - Drone pop. Check out this music video if you love offset Fender guitars and vintage guitars you don't see too often.
King Tide - Garage Rock and Roll with a personal, singer-songwriter vibe.
Paleons - Instrumental post-rock, noise, krautrock, and psychedelia.
Robosapien - Short songs of vintage CASIO punk and Devo guitars. ("Robosapien uses lots of homemade pedals built from LMS parts"!)
Anonymous Pedal Creations - "Go to F*cking Bed" - An anthem for everyone with a kid. Anonymous Pedal Creations also makes some of the most unique pedal artwork we've ever seen. Check out his Instagram to see how he is pushing the art form forward.
Action Boy - Pop Punk from Chicago - ("I’ve used a few homemade pedals on these recordings!")
Eric Barao - Singer-songwriter / power-pop - Check out this video for some great shots of his studio and pedal-building.
Conjure - "For fans of: Brand New, Citizen, Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, and fuzz in general."
Small Spaces - Female fronted indie-pop. Killer melodies and an upbeat relaxed vibe.
Local Teen - Lawrence Love My Switches put out another new album! His second one this year! It's tough pop with amp-distorted guitars and space-delay break downs, and more than a few songs written in character.
Nuson compilados - From Bolivia! There's some really interesting stuff on this compilation and it all flows together really well as a full listen. And three of the artists on the compilation DIY their own gear:
Miss Solsticio de Invierno + Dr. Casco (Track 2): a duo that "bases their sound on a small keyboard, loops and sound effects creaated with a bass guitar, a piezoelectric microphone inside a chocolate box, and a mix of commercial and DIY pedals." A DIY feedback looper is the backbone of their song.
DLP_sessions (Track 4): "designs and builds their own analog synths and sequencers and experiment with circuit bending."
Vagastarbundis (Track 9): uses DIY pedals "to either create a personalized sound or enhance the sound of commercial pedals (using feedback loops, mods or odd expresion pedals)."
Jimmy Jacked - "Inspired by punk from the 70s and 80s, sorta kinda but not really. You know what I mean."
SkyRos - This jazz fusion instrumental band from Sacramento, Calif., asks, "What would happen if Snarky Puppy, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd all met for a jam?" Indeed.
We'll be sharing more music right here on this page. If you want to be included, just send us an e-mail.
Note: This post was originally published on February 27, 2018 and has been updated to include additional artists.