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Sound Advice from Peter Sisson 

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Shiii Whaaa singer Peter Douglas Sisson is a veteran of several much-loved Colorado Springs garage-rock outfits, including The Nicotine Fits, The Conjugal Visits, BleachedBlonde, The Lab Rats and Hydra. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale and briefly lived in Rock Island, Illinois, before moving to the Springs in 1996.

Sisson’s current group — which also features Bryan Sespico on guitar and vocals, Bryan Webb on bass, and James Ivy on drums — is putting the final touches on the successor to their 2016 debut album Shiii!!! Whaaa???. They will also be releasing a split 7” single with Argentina’s Amor Fizz, and plan to celebrate both at a Feb. 13 Triple Nickel show, followed by a tour out to the West Coast and back.

We checked in with the singer recently to get a rundown of his musical inspirations and recommendations.

Essential Saturday night listening: “Hogs of Rap” by Sacred Hoop. The track showcases a handful of emcees associated with Sacred Hoop and is divided into minute-long sections using different beats and people on the mic. By the final segment, Z-Man kills it with his dope flow over the coolest beat ever made.

Essential Sunday morning listening: “Party at Sunday” by Cosmonauts off their album A-OK!. I played with this band when I was in the Conjugal Visits at Rubbish art gallery in 2010, and I immediately became a huge fan. Great California psychedelic garage band.

Favorite song to cover live: “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath. Shiii Whaaa covered this once at a Flux show and has yet to do it again. It would be a toss-up between that and “Many Roads to
Follow” by The Nerves.

First record I bought with my own money: Swass by Sir Mix-A-Lot. It was on cassette. The first vinyl album I bought was Worlds Apart by The Subhumans.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Hymn to the Pillory” by Nothing. From their album Guilty of Everything. I take my own meaning from the lyrics, though it’s known that it was written about getting out of prison. I can’t stress enough how much I love this song.

My latest online discovery: Bandcamp. Most of the bands you see live that aren’t huge in the mainstream use this site, including us. Also, Spotify. Does that count?

Artist more people should know about: The Spits. My favorite punk rock band. Kinda like the Ramones, if the Ramones were even more mongoloidal and facing the robot apocalypse.

Guilty pleasure: “Chillin’ on the DL” by DJ Magic Mike. Growing up in south Florida in the ’80s meant a huge exposure to bass music. Laugh all you want at my blown speakers.

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