For Ohio duo Counter Intuits, the DIY/lo-fi cred runs deep. They’ve got the pedigree: Times New Viking’s Jared Phillips on guitar and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments’ Ron House on the mic. Their music is all fuzzed-out, amped-up and agitated; it sounds like it was recorded on space station Mir right before the fall. But what’s the lo-fi-est thing about Counter Intuits? It’s a tie between 1) The part where they thank Radio Shack in the liner notes of their self-released cassette Sheets of Hits, and 2) The fact that when I asked Phillips to send me some music, he realized he doesn’t have any digital copies.
City Paper : What’s with the Radio Shack hat tip?
Jared Phillips: You try making a lo-fi record and not make 15 trips to Radio Shack just to make one microphone work. It ain’t easy, trust me. They’re actually a rip-off, but what can you do?
CP: What is it about lo-fi recording you like? Don’t you risk chaos on every track?
JP: The chaos is what I like. If not for that, I’d risk just being a shitty pop-song musician. With a four-track, I can at least have a little danger. Also, it makes Ron sound a little better.
CP: Why are you playing so few shows?
JP: I live in Cleveland, and Ron [who lives in Columbus] is almost 60 years old with a family. That should explain itself. I would’ve grown up in the mid-’70s, but I’m trying to remedy that, obviously.
The Counter Inuits play Sat., Jan. 11, 9 p.m., $10, with Watery Love, Amanda X and Taiwan Housing Project, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
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