You know how record collectors are, right? Always looking to scrounge up some obscure piece of vinyl. I have a little of that in me for old radio stories. I’ve felt that giddy, ‘oh-my-God-I-can’t-believe-I-got-a-copy-of-that-story’ feeling with stories featured on HowSound over the last few months. Stories like “Father Cares” and “James Scott, Prison Boxer 57735” (note: “James Scott, Prison Boxer 57735” is part of the “Should I Or Shouldn’t I” HowSound episode. Listen for it!)
On this episode of HowSound, I’m highlighting three early works from The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. The stories date back to the late 70s and early 80s — “The Road Ranger,” “Rattle Snakes,” and “Tupperware Party.” When The Sisters sent the files to me, I felt like I’d stumbled across some rare import 7″ EP with a picture sleeve released on an indie-label. (For record collecting nerds, I’m thinking of the Buzzcocks’ “Spiral Scratch EP” as a comparison.)
And the stories sort of feel like the punk and new wave music from that time period — experimental, edgy, and DIY. “I think a lot of what we did and a lot of what we still do and our esthetic, it grew out of mistakes,” Nikki told me in this episode.
After you listen, be sure to subscribe to The Kitchen Sisters’ podcast “Fugitive Waves.”