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on touring, motherhood, and her new sound and two other women you had no idea play guitar Q&A with




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Founder, Executive Director
Fabi Reyna

Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor Call for submissions

Editorial Director
Natalie Baker

Creative Director
Alicia Kroell

Staff Recommendations

Social Media Editor

Mac Pogue

Four Guitarists and their gear


Copy Editors

Beth Wooten Susan Yudt

Q &A with Scout Niblett



Alex Hebler Hugo Orozco Marissa Seiler

Corin Tucker

Bridget Budbill Megan Holmes Joe Dunn

Who Knew?

Devi Ever


Frances Li Katelyn Mundal



Brisa De La Selva Kelsey Morris

Talking Shop

On The Cover Corin Tucker 2

by Megan Holmes

Finger Picking Exercise and Hand Stetches


Editors Note
Hey everyone, I am extremely proud to present the very first printed magazine in the world that focuses exclusively on female guitarists. While women are still blatantly underrepresented in the music industry and media, it is amazing to see such a strong, vocal community of female musicians producing publications like Tom Tom, a fantastic magazine about female drummers, and building an institution as influential as the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls. As a musician without any background in journalism, yet with a passion for acknowledging and supporting women musicians, I owe this entire magazine to my friends, family, volunteers and everyone who has been a part of turning a necessary dream into a reality. Its incredibly exciting to share what empowered, educated, and motivated me as a young musician with our readers, and to encourage people to pick up the guitar without feeling held back by any rules that one might feel obligated to follow.

She Shreds is based out of Portland, OR, where the first Rock n Roll Camp for Girls was founded, and just an hour and a half south of where the riot grrrl movement originated. We work in this city, surrounded by so many talented and inspiring musicians, so it is fitting that in our first issue we focused heavily on the West Coast community that has been representing female musicians for so many years. This thing that you are holding in your hands is a direct result of this amazing community, and we can only hope to give back by being a good resource for musicians all over the world.
Keep on shredding, Fabi Reyna Founder/ Executive Director

It takes a lot to bring a publication like this into the world. So, if you dig what were doing, consider joining us. Photography, graphic design, writing, filming, copy editing, blogging, marketing, and the list goes on chances are that if you can do it, we could utilize it. It doesnt matter how old you are, what your background is, or where you live. And if producing editorial content isnt really your thing, were always looking for new stuff to cover and ways to improve what were doing, so feel free to send tips and feedback our way, as well. sheshredsmag@gmail.com She Shreds Magazine c/o IPRC 1001 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202 3

Staff Picks
Text Alex Hebler, Fabi Reyna, Marissa Seiler Albums

Margy Pepper Godlen Webs

Crooked Bangs Crooked Bangs

This Austin trio doesnt let their Texan roots confine their sound in the least. Crooked Bangs combine dancey surf riffs with tight drum beats to create dark-butnot-gloomy, catchybut-not-saccharine songs in their fulllength album that recently debuted on Western Medical Records. Vocalist and bassist Leda Ginestra has definitely taken some cues from Siouxsie Sioux, singing deep, unwavering lyrics that change from English to French throughout the album. One hit of the albums first track, Be Young / Sois Jeune (et Tais Toi), gets you hooked on Samantha Wendels simple yet particular guitar work. But this isnt the simplicity of amateurs; Wendel has a knack for creating catchy but controlled riffs that get stuck in your head. Ginestras seemingly effortless but refined wailing in Blood Castle fused with outright screaming in Le Beau Ttard Sur Son Cigare are penultimate representatives of the sound that this three-piece has spent the past year refining. And its hard to believe that theyve only been together for a year. - F.R.

It takes less than a minute for Olympia favorites Margy Pepper to let listeners know that their newest release, Golden Webs, is not messing around. Golden Webs is substantially heavier and louder than No Boys No Bass (April 2011), and overall, the album feels more complex. Anything precious about Margy Pepper has transformed into ferocity. While they maintain their definitive harmonizing, the words are sung and shouted with newfound strength and concentration. Lyrics from Fire/Lion seem to capture the present state of Margy Pepper: We are screaming, / we are flying,

laughing, / and we wont stop. With each track, Golden Webs builds tension and propels forward with no hint of slowing down. Listeners feeling overwhelmed or disoriented by Margy Peppers new intensity will be psyched to hear an old favorite, Iceberg, as the second half of an ambitious seven-minute track. The album is a declaration to everyone listening: I know what I want, I know what I dont want (from Little Witch). When the final track ends with the words, Im getting out, one can only hope that Margy Pepper is getting out to make another record. - A.H.



Karen Dalton

Foreign Mothers


Anorexia is different. They make you pause. They make you listen deeper. Two seventeen year olds, Shamir Bailey and Christina Thompson, hold their weight in a somewhat desolate Las Vegas punk scene. The citys economy survives and thrives upon the exploits of 21+ entertainment and exorbitant corporate business, yet two teens have found creative inspiration in their own DIY pursuits. Bailey and Thompson have carved a lofi niche in the heavily commercialized hardcore scene of Las Vegas, finding refuge in simple yet intriguing instrumentals. Anorexias sound draws the listener in with heavy rhythmic waves that hypnotizes and entices the ear. Bailey and Thompson released three EPs this past summer and have future plans to record and release with MLadys Records of Portland, Oregon. Highly recommended debut from two fresh young artists with daring musical innovation that extends beyond their years. - M.S. Track Recommendations Mirror - Various Hairstyles EP Wait Your Turn - Various Hairstyles EP

Karen Dalton is the bestkept secret of the 60s. Daltons voice heralded by Bob Dylan as his favorite of the early Greenwich Village scene harkens Billie Holiday twinged with traditional Americana folk. A prolific banjo and twelve string guitar player, Daltons voice paints landscapes of rolling Oklahoma hills, creaky porch steps and warm southern summer nights. Married and divorced twice before the age of 21 and passing away due to AIDS complications by the age of 55; Daltons life triumphs, hardships and heartache seep through the seams of her records. With only two proper album releases within her lifetime, Daltons best performances were recorded on bootlegs capturing her raw honesty and sincerity in the way it was meant to be heard: sparsely, intimately and earnestly. - M.S. Track Recommendations Katie Cruel In My Own Time A Little Bit of Rain Its So Hard To Tell Whos Going To Love You Best

This punk band from Austin, TX consists of Kana Harris on the guitar/vocals, Stephanie Mueller on bass/vocals and Christina Lough on the drums. These three are re-living the riot grrrl days through their music with lyrics like this is roll call all you punk girls in the fittingly titled track Role Call on their new album Duh, which debuted on Threadpull records this past summer. Aggressive, angular riffs combined with straightforward 4/4 drum beats and sharp vocals that go in and out of screaming, Foreign Mothers is for those of you who love to put your Bratmobile records on repeat after a little Kleenex/ LiLiPUT dance party in front of your mirror. -F.R. Recommended Tracks: Love Song for Bill Paxton - Duh Possesive/Plural - Duh

Habibi is like sweet, jangly Jolly Ranchers between teeth and cheek pocket during the summer time. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the band creates infectious melodies that inspire light feet and handclaps. Echoing Motown riffs and brilliantly simple refrains, Habibi (meaning my love or cherished one in Arabic) does modern garage surf rock sweet, tight and right. The Sweetest Talk captures all the young giddiness of an elbow graze from a teenage crush a sharp, sweet blushing inhale in melody form. Habibi will catch your ear and steal your heart. - M.S. Track Recommendation: Sweetest Talk - Habibi

Four Guitarists and their

Hozoji Roseanne Matheson-Margullis Tacoma, WA Lozen & Helms Alee

Playing for a two-piece, Margullis guitar work carries a lot of weight, which she manages in part by keeping her guitar frequencies low. These heavy bass levels keep her sound in sync with her bandmates drums. Margullis plays through a Verellen Meatsmoke amp with a 4x12 cab and two 1x15 cabs, custom made for her by close friends Ben Verellen and Mike Erdman, who run Verellen Amplifiers. I had the Verellen Amp custom made to be able to play both guitar and bass through, with minor adjustments. I also got to design its aesthetics. Its the first amp Ive owned that I felt attached to. It sounds great and looks beautiful. Margullis pedals consist of a Monolith Tectonic Shift pedal for distortion and a Boss Loop Station for interludes. Although it seems like a pain to be lugging all this gear around, she says Its a welcome workout after sitting in the van. Three cabs and a pedal known for its wide range of fuzz explains how Margullis is able to get such a full, heavy sound that permeates the entirety of venues with ease. I definitely prefer playing my set up to any other, but I also enjoy the challenge of dialing in my sound on gear that is foreign to me, says Margullis. I believe those experiences help me get better at understanding sound.

Kate Eldridge Seattle, WA Big Eyes

When speaking of her talents at a young age, Eldridge doesnt mince words. I was really good, really fast, says the 24-year old guitarist. When I was in middle school, I would practice for three to four hours per day. These days, the catchy riffs produced by Eldridge and her bandmates makes for an amazing live show, and we couldnt pass up the opportunity to ask her about the gear that delivers these sounds. Im playing a [Gibson] SG, through a Music Man HD150 Head, and then I play that through a Marshall 1960a. I actually used to play a Fender Mustang through the Music Man Head through a Fender 2x12, but because were a three-piece it just sounded kind of thin. Then I started playing through the Marshall and was like Oh, that sounds chunkier. After messing around with a fellow practice space users SG for a while, Eldridge completed her current set up by buying her own SG on a whim while touring in Orlando. I totally do love that guitar, says Eldridge. Id say I have more of an attachment to my Fender Mustang, but I dont play that at shows anymore.


Text Fabi REyna Illustrations Katelyn Mundal

Radio Sloan Vantucky, WA Tombstalker, The Need, peaches

Radio Sloan is an absolute guitar slayer, the type who turns any sound they touch to facemelting gold. Symptoms of experiencing Sloans shredding include being profoundly torn between wanting to rage and just halting everything youre doing to pay close attention in the hope of learning a thing or two from a true guitar god. Sloan has been shredding on some doom metal with a baritone guitar recently, but if you saw her playing for Peaches a few years back, you would have seen her playing her favorite guitar: a beautiful, cream colored Gibson SG Custom. Sloan first experienced the SG when she borrowed it from a roommate in L.A. I just couldnt believe how it sounded and how thin and nice the neck was. I had been playing this cool 80s Dean metal guitar thing, but it was so heavy I think it actually made me shorter, if thats possible. While the SG is her favorite, Sloan doesnt treat it like a gift from god so much as the drug of choice for a night spent partying with the deities. I cant believe it still works after how much beer and fake blood has soaked into it, says Sloan. Ill remember it has stuff inside it that I should clean out every time I go to play it. It makes nasty coughing noises. Then I forget about it until I play it again.

Corin Tucker Portland, OR Corin Tucker Band, Sleater-Kinney, Heavens to Betsy

No introduction is needed for this widely respected woman in the music industry, so lets get right to the gear talk: Tucker currently strums on a Gibson Les Paul and plugs into a Music Man Combo. Gibsons are known for their warmth and full bodied sound, which seems to outweigh their heaviness- at least thats the case for Tucker. I really like the way a Les Paul sounds, but theyre really beastly heavy for me. I play a lot of rhythm guitar and chords but sometimes I like to play a smaller melodic lead, and I like the way that sounds with the Les Paul, says Tucker. I use a Music Man Combo, which I really love. Its kind of basic, but I love the simplicity of it, which makes sense, considering how many instruments shes teaming up with in the Corin Tucker Band. For this band, its really fun because we do keep things simple in terms of what I have to do instrument-wise. Its pretty awesome. Check out our full interview with Tucker on page 10.

Scout Niblett
There are no f***ing rules. Period.
Text Fabi Reyna Photo Bridget Budbill
Whether youre listening to her record or watching her perform, Scout Niblett never fails to produce something intense and raw. Since 2001, Niblett has been churning out dynamic, headbang-inducing records, often with nothing more than a drummers accompaniment. We met up for a late-night cup of coffee in Portland to discuss Nibletts background and technique behind that sound. What are the benefits of being a two-piece? You earn a lot more money, and theres not much shit to carry every night, and there are fewer people to fall out with. Fewer people to annoy the shit out of you (laughs). I know you write a lot of the drum parts on your records. That being said, how much creative input does the person youre drumming with have? Its a balance. I write a lot of the drum parts for my songs, but the good thing about working with different people is that their personalities bring out different ways of playing [those rhythms], and I like to encourage that. Its all about navigating what sounds right for you as the songwriter while allowing [the drummer] to feel like there is a place for them. Yeah for some people thats hard to do. To navigate their drummers as the songwriters in their personal project. Its just easier for me because Im not really seen as a band. Im seen as one person for some reason, even though Ive consistently toured with a drummer for, like, seven years. Its not a fucking jam band, you know what i mean? You can definitely tell by listening to your music that its not a jam sesh. Yeah, thats kind of my worst nightmare. I hate jam bands. I can count on one hand how many times Ive jammed in my life (laughs). You play so many instruments. Which one did you learn first? I first learned piano when I was 9. And then I learned violin. I didnt really pick up the guitar until I was in college- about 21. I remember playing drums in 97 during college, but I didnt really concentrate on them [until 2002]. Why did you pick up the drums? When I was living in Nottingham, there was a guy in his 60s who used to go to an open mic night. Sometimes, hed just get behind the drum kit and sing, like, Beatles covers by himself. And I just found it to be one of the most inspiring things Id ever seen. Thats why I started so that I could just sing songs and play drums. Youre super heavy on the dynamics. Is that how you write your songs or do they naturally develop that way? Yeah, I think thats the whole thing with being able to make noise in your own house and not have people hear it. Whatever the song requires, noise-wise, I have the freedom to do that. I always sing through a P.A. at home, as if Im playing a show in my own room. How do you write songs? I just play music in my room. Circumstances affect how you create stuff: I was an only child and I used to write stuff on the piano as a kid, and now Ive lived most of my adult life by myself. Ive managed to somehow have quite a solitary existence. I cant play music in a room if I know other people can hear me. The whole creative process for me is completely dependent on me being by myself. Whats your set up? Its a Fender pro reverb twin and a 64 mustang. Ive got a digital delay pedal, which Ive only recently incorporated because I

Q&A with

Nobody has to be anything.

GUITAR: 1964 Fender Mustang AMP: Fender Twin Reverb LISTENING TO: Early Paul McCartney records, Wings, lots of classical music

only use it on some songs. I have an Ibanez Tube Screamer thats on all the time. It gives it a low end overdrive sound. And then the Big Muff comes on for the huge guitar sound. I keep all the settings on the amp and pedals low. I do everything at a bass level. Whats the craziest thing thats ever happened at a show? I had a stalker on the internet, and he ended up coming to a show in California. He had literally been sending me photos of peoples heads being blown off... completely explicit, disgusting shit. And then he turned up at a show. It really freaked me out. I confronted him and was like What are you doing here? Why do you think you can come to this? What do you think about the way women are portrayed in the music industry? That has been something that has always bummed me out in

the sense that quintessentially, still, female musicians are judged by what they look like. When I was on tour last year in Europe, I played at this festival, and I read a write-up of it afterwards in which this woman was basically saying she felt sorry for me because I was knocking 40 and wearing pigtails. That is unbelievably unreal to me, that someone a woman, first of all would write about another woman in terms of what she looked like on stage at all, but in a negative way on top of that, and also not talk about the music. That was the review. It really is insane. How do you deal with that? Its really fucking sad. I only get compared to other female musicians, and that really fucking pisses me off because it has nothing to do with my music. It has to do with anatomy, which is insane. Doesnt make any sense (laughs). When I started playing shows, I definitely got negative

feedback from males about my playing. I just dismissed it...they didnt get it. I wasnt into being technically good I never have been and Ive noticed that thats one thing that other women artists sometimes over compensate with. They think they need to be really shit hot at an instrument to play, because they feel like thats a way of proving that they are good. Ive noticed that happens and I think thats a shame. Nobody has to be anything. Theres no fucking rules. Period. When can we anticipate your next release? The single is coming out, which is two covers: Nasty by Janet Jackson and No Scrubs by TLC but thats coming October 30th, right after the European tour, so Im hoping it will be released digitally before the 7-inches come out. The next album should be done and out by next January.

Corin Tucker
in the house and on the road
Text Fabi Reyna Photos Megan Holmes

Corin Tucker, the influential riot woman behind some of the most inspiring bands of the 1990s and 2000s including Heavens to Betsy, Heartless Martin, Cadallaca, and, of course, Sleater-Kinney continues to carry the feminist torch through her music. Now two years old, the Corin Tucker Band is celebrating the release of their second album, Kill My Blues, with a tour of the United States in September and October. We had the honor of speaking with Tucker while she finished putting her 4-year-old daughter to bed. She shared her experiences juggling the

responsibilities of motherhood with being in a band, and she even gave us some motherly advice about going on tour. Youre going on a tour to promote your new album, which came out September 18. What is touring like now that you have to leave your kids at home? It feels like a vacation for the first day and a half, and then I cut in with a panic attack, like, Oh my god, Im so far away from them. I think its going to change as my kids grow up, but its been really challenging.

You do your work and you hope that it

blazes the trail for the next generation.

on the cover of your last record, there was a drawing of you playing an acoustic guitar, and I think for some people, its like, Oh, we dont really associate Corin Tucker with acoustic guitar. So I wonder if there was something you were trying to state with that album cover? I think coming from Sleater-Kinney, I wanted to do something really different. So I was trying to use different instruments and sing differently than I had sung in that band. It was an experiment. Did it come out how you wanted it to? Mostly, yeah. I have to say, though, that people really love the dancier songs. We noticed that when we toured for that record, people really loved to dance to some of the covers. So we tried to do something different with this record. So from the reaction of the audience, thats how you got the idea to do something dancier with this album? Yes. We were playing shows and people would be drinking and literally dancing through the acoustic songs. It was funny because we just did this music video for Neskowin,... Were playing that song over and over, and this girl turns to this other girl and says, Its like Zumba [a Colombian fitness dance]! I was like, yes! Literally, music that you can Zumba to, thats awesome. Have you approached songwriting like this before? How has your songwriting changed throughout the years? I guess that I was part of a scene when I was young the indie pop music scene. There was already a pretty well-defined genre that you were supposed to fit inside of. I just naturally wrote inside that genre because I wanted to be a part of it, and I was a part of it, and it happened to be right up my alley in terms of writing these really simple pop songs that were really melodic with really simple instrumentation of sometimes just one guitar. And then Sleater-Kinney was always about a challenge... to do something different for each record, which I think is really great. I think that having some kind of vision while youre writing a record can help. Does the Corin Tucker Band feel more fluid because you dont really have that riot grrrl label like Sleater-Kinney and Heavens to Betsy? I guess, but you know every single person that interviews me asks me about riot grrrl. Is that annoying? Not really. I mean, its something that I was a part of, you know? I was really personally involved in it at the time. I think that was more annoying for Carrie and Janet, who were like, Oh no, the riot grrrl question again, because they werent in riot grrrl. But I was, like, Sign me up! Im a member! Like I went to all the meetings and I was really a part of it and it was something I felt was really important. So to me, its part of my biography as a human, you know?

But you still enjoy touring? I love performing; I love being on stage. I totally live for it and I always have. But everything else around it is kind of stressful. Like the traveling... it can be fun and I love being in new places. But it can be stressful. I think thats one thing thats cool about this band. Were all relatively in the same boat, but we really love to play and perform. Now that you have a family, where does being in a band and playing shows stand in your list of priorities? I think that its something really good for me to do. So if I can do it, I will. I feel really fortunate. I started when I was really young in a really supportive music community. I put a record out when I was 18 and Ive been doing it for over 20 years, so you just have to be reasonable about things. Like if you want to have a family, you know thats gonna take a lot of time and resources. You have to negotiate these things in life and fit things where they can fit. Its just really different from being in a band when youre 24, but its been really fun. Im super excited about the record we made. How is this new record different from the last? I think this one is really different because we wanted to write a dance record. Musically, its much more rock but its definitely got more of a dancier thing happening with it. There arent any strings or acoustic guitars or anything.


Speaking of acoustic guitars,

Corin Tuckers Motherly Advice on Touring Abroad

Make sure you get to see things dont just play your shows and move on. Have a really good tour manager someone whos the responsible one to sort things out when they get really crazy. Make a color photocopy of your passport and keep it in your suitcase while keeping your real passport as close to you as possible. (Fanny packs are good for keeping your passport and money secure.) Leave your cell phone in the States, or you might accidentally get a $1500 roaming bill like Corin once did. Look into alternate calling plans before you go abroad.

So you dont mind that you did something at the beginning of your career, 20 years ago, is going to stick with you for the rest of your life? To me it was something that was really important. It was like a feminist movement that was trying to put it into the language that we had as young people. I think that what we were trying to do was really important, and I see some of the things that we said carried out in the larger mainstream culture. I see slogans that we had, like girl power.

That was us! We came up with that. Thats a really important thing. Its changed things, even if you want to say its just changed things a little bit. I think that is the way that it works. You do your work and you hope that it blazes the trail for the next generation. Do you still feel like a punk rock feminist? CT: I still do! I mean, I think that being older makes you think things through a little bit more. But, I still get really

frustrated with some things that I see going on in this country. In terms of womens rights and where women are in the world I definitely still think that its part of my work today. OK, last questions: Who are your latest inspirations? Who are you listening to? I love tUnE-yArDs and Im into the new Fiona Apple record. Im always on the lookout for new music because I dont get out as much as Id like to, but I keep an open mind.


Who Knew?
three high-profile women who play guitar
Text Natalie Baker Illustration Frances Li

Serena Williams Tennis Pro

Apparently this athletic powerhouse tears it up both on and off the courts. Williams made waves earlier this year when she became the first person in history to complete a career Golden Grand slam in both singles and doubles, then went on to become the first tennis player along with her sister, Venus to claim four Olympic gold medals. Widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, were proud to claim Williams as one of our own: The tennis superstar keeps a stash of five Stratocasters and used to jam with her sister in a band. Venus played the bass, Id play the guitar, Williams told a reporter for The Independent. We played lots of rock music, punk. Venus did more alternative stuff. It was fun.

Indra Nooyi Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

Consistently ranked by Forbes as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world (currently, shes No. 4) and respected for her emphasis on corporate responsibility as well as pushing Pepsi toward healthier products, Nooyis been kicking ass and taking names at a global level for a while. And somehow, between the board meetings and international acquisitions, one of the worlds most powerful women finds time to pick up the old electric guitar. Its rumored that she even plays the occasional riff at less formal company parties. How badass is that? About as badass, wed say, as Nooyis shreddy roots: She played lead guitar in an all-female rock band in Madras, India, during her college days.

Milla Jovovich Actor, model and musician

Widely recognized for her performance as Leeloo in The Fifth Element and for starring in Resident Evil, Jovovich is known primarily for her acting talents, but her performance roots are equally if not more so in music. Jovovich was signed to SBK Records at the ripe age of 13, progressing until she released The Divine Comedy, a critically acclaimed folk album, in 1994. She went on to play lead guitar in the experimental grunge band Plastic Has Memory, which had some well-reviewed shows in New York and Los Angeles before dropping off the map. These days, it looks like Jovovichs style is a little more electronic. Her EP is slated to drop any day, and you can check out her single Electric Sky at sheshredsmag.com in the meantime.


Text Mac Pogue Photos Alicia Kroell

How DIY fuzz pedal maker Devi Ever plans to change your stompboxes.

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland lies a house that has produced some of the most popular guitar tones in rock today. Musicians like Trent Reznor and Wilcos Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline count on these homemade pedals to deliver monstrous sounds. My Bloody Valentine, on their recent reunion tour, recreated the genre-defining sonics of their album Loveless in live form with Devi Evers pedals. Having the shoegazing pioneers trust Ever with their trademark sounds is, in itself, endorsement enough to cement her place in the rock pantheon.


Evers unassuming Portland abode destroys the fiction of rock legend. Her southwest Portland home looks like her pedals sound: messy, but intentionally so. The place wouldnt make sense otherwise; walking around, youre as likely to step on a tossedaside guitar pedal as you are a half-open video game case or a bra. Looking at the neat rows of stompboxes lined up in her workshop, and then looking at the music, game and pop culture ephemera gives one the sense that Ever puts more into her pedals than just circuit boards and hot solder. Once upon a time, several big-name manufacturers dominated the guitar pedal scene. Large factory companies like Boss, Electro-Harmonix and MXR captured the market for pedalboards and didnt let go until the turn of the 21st century. Over the years, boutique and individual pedal manufacturers worked in a vacuum, largely getting their information from opening up pedals and studying DIY tomes such as Craig Andertons Do-It-Yourself series. When the proliferation of Internet forums gave previously isolated pedal tinkerers a place to share information, independent manufacturers stepped up their production and quality. And this is where Devi Ever stepped in. I thought it would be cool to archive all of the guitar pedals, Ever says, sitting in her workshop that doubles as a physical archive of her pedals. Advertising wasnt going so well and I realized I could build them pretty easily. Her incessant tinkering

produced the first Devi Ever stompbox: the Crackle Fuzz. I was trying to make a transistor do things the most basic form of that is a boost, but I couldnt really get the boost to work right. I didnt really understand the math behind everything this was back in the day before there were big online DIY resources. So I just started plugging things into a breadboard until it made sound. Ever reveals a small stompbox with her signature hyperslick video game-inspired designs. This is actually number one. Someone sold it back to me. The pedal looks remarkably fully realized, bearing all of the hallmarks of her visual panache. The only difference between the Crackle Fuzz and the stacks of current models lying in various states of assembly around her workshop is the sound: monstrous, rooted in a classical tone yet more menacing than anything born of the hippie generation. Before placing the pedal back among the stacks, Ever gives it one last once-over. This is my beginning. To open a fuzz pedal is to peer into one of the primitive elements of rock n roll. Early on, fuzz was an accident the byproduct of bad circuitry literally chopping the guitars waveform in half. Fuzz is one of the first true artificial sounds; woodwinds, strings, and other acoustic instruments capitalize on phenomena audible, to various degrees, in nature. Fuzz is a completely human conception. Early rock n roll capitalized on the aggressive sound of these electrical mishaps. After a few musicians cap-


My designs tend to happen in an echo chamber of their own.

tured the fuzzed-out sound of a faulty bass amp on a hit recording, engineers started attempting to replicate the circuitry that made the racket. Forty years of fuzz history has yielded only a handful of iconic pedals, and perhaps the most iconic is the Big Muff. The pedal named for its hallowed muffled sound defined the style of countless guitar players from its creation in the late 60s. Theres something about the tone control, Ever explains, placing her hands out in front of her as if reaching out to something much larger than a guitar pedal. At a certain position its so smooth. Ever admits that her sound has evolved linearly, over slow increments straight ahead, rather than in all directions at once. People criticize me because my pedals are small tweaks of the same circuit over and over again, says Ever. My designs tend to happen in an echo chamber of their own. The Year of the Rat [pedal] is quite different from the original Soda Meiser, so what happens is I make these small tweaks that make larger tweaks. Her variations-on-a-theme design (most of her pedals use the same set of transistors and circuit boards, and some pedals are just one solder different) allows her to produce custom-tailored pedals, which have put her in touch with some stars of sonic tailoring UNKLE, for one but also brought her into a disastrous series of correspondences with her one-time idol, Billy Corgan. Ever is candid with her love (or ex-love, rather) of Corgans band, the Smashing Pumpkins. [Pumpkins album] Siamese Dream is probably the one thing that has influenced everything Ive done in terms of tone, she notes, musing particularly on a sound from its seventh track, Soma. Amongst all the fuzz, all of the delay, you hear that one highest note echo out for that one moment. Its taken me probably a decade to realize how he got that sound. But in mid-2011, a possible collaboration between Ever and Corgan on a pedal went spectacularly south. Corgan dropped hints on his Facebook account about wanting a custom-tailored pedal from Ever, who took the hints as a challenge and sent him one she created. Ever says that Corgan never responded to her offering, prompting her to vent angrily on a Pumpkins message board. In turn, Corgan issued a series of transphobic tweets and Facebook posts (which he subsequently deleted) that referred to Ever as he/she and an ugly pig. Ever responded to his attacks with a YouTube video documenting how Corgans words hurt her. I have no problem saying this out loud, because Im not saying hes a swindler or a bad business person he just literally said some fucked up, bigoted things. While the events may have ruined Corgans music for her, Ever doesnt seem to be saddened over her new status as non-fan of the Smashing Pumpkins. She has bigger things to look forward to. Her latest project is the Console, a sort of plug-and-play pedal system with a double-size guitar pedal acting as a port for any number of interchangeable effects cartridges. Instead of paying for boutique or vintage pedals that go for a few hundred dollars a pop, Ever envisions players buying a Console and having an infinitely upgradable multi-effect pedal. The Console works almost like a great equalizer for pedals; no longer do users have to pine for $400 handbuilt pedals and settle for cheap software emulation pedals. There should be cheaper versions available, so that people can play with [real pedals], she says. Not models, actual circuits! Not only will the Console be a platform for unifying guitar players pedalboards, but Ever sees it as great tool for innovation: I dont want to be bogged down by the process [of creating]. The Console is a step toward inclusion for the pedal community, democratizing the manufacturing process so that pedal makers can cheaply get their pedals into players rigs. Rather than hoarding her fan base and capitalizing on their desires, Devi Ever wants to open up the process so the best pedal makers can reach an audience, translating into a better end result for all. This sort of inclusive stance stands out in a business dominated by just a few manufacturers and gives Ever a sense of excitement about the future. Slowly, but surely, Devi Ever is opening up the pedal market for anyone with a curious eye and a soldering iron.


knows that my voice can be just as loud as yours. I can raise my arms and be just as big as you.
Text Fabi Reyna Photo Joe Dunn 18

And well stand up and make sure that everyone


All of your shows are all-ages. Thats amazing. What does an allages tour mean to you all? Stephie C. (vocals): It means that nobody who wants to come is kept out, and it means that what happens in the atmosphere of the show isnt dictated by somebody selling alcohol. I think that alcohol and music go together some of the time out of desperation because its hard to keep venues open since its expensive. People feel like they need to sell drinks to keep venues open, but that means excluding a whole bunch of people. I think that if kids cant come to a punk show, then whats the point? Im 22, but I remember how much it sucked to want to go see a band you really want to see and you cant because you were born too late. Why did Hysterics start? Shannon (drums): It all started this one day when we were all sitting around a bonfire, chanting to our spirit sisters. We wanted to know what to do with our lives, and then the world handed us this. And then Hysterics was born in a small seed that is still growing and none of us know what it means. Adriana J. (guitar): Yeah, its changed a lot. I always really liked hardcore and was like, Why dont we have a fucking all-girl hardcore band thats good? Shannon: Its taken our entire lives to just find the right momentum, I guess, and the right people. Shannon: Me and Steffi and this girl Sue got together right after I moved to Seattle. No Ades [Adriana]! Me and Ades played together once about four years ago. Stephie C.: We had another drummer at first and for some reason it didnt work out with her, so we just called Shannon immediately and she was like, OK, Ill be there at 6 a.m. the next day! And Jessica hadnt played any instrument before but we just thought she was cool and really liked her and wanted her to be in

our crew. It was supposed to be a crew but it just turned into a band. I can tell that you all really love each other. Stephie C.: Oh yeah, most definitely. Thats what keeps it rolling. So what is it like to be a woman in the hardcore scene where its not very common to see an all-girl band, much less a respected all-girl hardcore band? Jessica L. (bass): You see a lot of shitty stuff, but then you realize that were trying to do something and were in control of the situation, and we are here to play a fucking show. Were trying to convey something and if youre going to disrespect our space, if youre gonna fuck with us, its our job to take control of it and make sure that we feel comfortable. And well stand up and make sure that everyone knows that my voice can be just as loud as yours. I can raise my arms and be just as big as you. Stephie C.: And also that everyone at the show women, trans people, queers people who are usually marginalized, at least historically, in this kind of scene [are safe]. Do you see many women in the audience? Shannon: We have a lot of women that come to our shows. And we play with a lot of women, too. Were really lucky. There are women in the scene its not just a completely onesided male thing. And the brothers that we have in the scene are all really cool. Were equal with each other and we have a harmonious relationship. Its about making friendships and balancing your masculine and your feminine energy and letting people be who they are. That is it. People are not just black and white. Were not just women, were not just men, but there are special qualities to each and you have to embrace and learn how to love.

This self-proclaimed hardcore quartet from Olympia, Wash., goes by the name Hysterics which perfectly describes their live shows. Theyre also inspiring, empowering and sometimes a little painful, thanks to all the moshing. Its evident these women have each others backs. After enduring some harassment from a man in the crowd at a recent show, they huddled up in a circle and took turns saying respect to one another. We caught up with Hysterics in Austin, Texas, a stop on their all-ages U.S. tour.


Text & Illustration Beth Wooten

Like the car mechanic, or the guy running the soundboard, theres the Gear Dude. And theres the corresponding Gear Dude stigma of the bro who subscribes toand, worse, propagateswhat we call the Gear Bro Dude Myths of what it takes to be a real guitarist. The Gear Dude Bro clocks his hours sitting smug at the local guitar shop and spends off time trolling Guitar Worlds online forums. Never feel intimidated to walk into a guitar shop for pedal testing, a routine guitar set-up, serious gear upgrades or just some good time loitering. Dismiss these Gear Bro Dude myths immediately!


* Your guitar ACTION is the distance between your strings and the fretboard. If the action is too high, it can be painful or difficult to play your instrument. * INTONATION is your pitch accuracy is your guitar as in tune on the 1st fret as it is on the 9th and 12th?
MYTH: If your strings arent 12sPffft! Youre just a beginner.

Not so! [A quick rundown: string gauges are referred to by the high E strings diameter in thousandths of the inch, with .08 and .09 on the lighter, thinner side and .012 usually the heaviest sold in stores. Strings are casually referred to as 9s, 10s, 11s, etc. ] Dont buy the myth that its about graduating to bigger gauges its all about personal style. Thicker, heavier strings are just harder and more difficult to bend. So what are they good for beyond Gear Dude Bro cred? Heavier strings can be ideal for slide guitar or a full rhythm tone. But on the flip side, lower gauge strings let you riff faster. Think about it. You can play heavy riffs with light strings! Of course, just like their heavier counterparts, light strings have a down side, as well: theyre more prone to buzz against the fretboard and pick ups if your guitars action is too low. The only way to determine your preferred string gauge is try them out and get a feel for the difference. Marnie Stern is reported to play 10s, and she graduated from the beginners section a long time ago. So if some guitar shops Gear Dude Bro tries to convince you with that story about when Stevie Ray Vaughan strung his guitar with .018 gauge strings find another gear person.

MYTH: Change your oil every 3000 miles... and re-string your guitar every month.

MYTH: Only a Gear

Dude Bro can properly set up your guitar.


String change depends on how often you play. If youre shredding for more than two hours per day, sure, you may want to change those strings every three weeks. But if youre playing every other day, you can give it about two months. Rarely pick up the guitar? Three months, or even more. New strings have that clean sound that can be appealing if youre about to record or play a show. But hey, maybe you like the sound of older, weathered strings. If so, go for it. TIP: Wiping your strings with a cloth after you play helps them last longer.

Setting up your guitar involves examining and adjusting your instruments 1) strings 2) bow of the neck and truss rod 3) action 4) nut 5) intonation 6) pick-up height.]
You can complete all these steps on your own within an hour. All you need is a screwdriver, allen key, wire cutter, millimeter ruler, tuner, and the handy how-to sections provided by yours truly. Check out sheshredsmag.com for complete instructions on setting up your guitar.




Your style and personal preferences inform how your guitar should be set up, never the other way around. And if you want to save some time by dropping off your guitar with someone, find a gear person who has the decency and professionalism to consider your preferences when it comes to string gauge, playability, and sound. Oh, and dont let them charge you more than 40 bucks.


Finger-Picking Exercises
E major
1st fret


a finger picking exercise I originally learned when I was 15, learning Etude #1 by H. Villa Lobos on classical guitar. Ive been using this exercise ever since to help with strengthening the muscles and building speed in my right hand. If you just picked up the guitar yesterday, try this pattern without worrying about playing chords. Once you get the hang of that use these chords as you advance and continue to go down the neck with the same hand shape as the G Major Barre chord. -Fabi Reyna
R R M i T T T

G major barre
3rd fret
M i T T i i

T = Thumb i = Index M = Middle R = Ring

M i i


Text FABI REYNA Illustration Beth Wooten

Hand Exercises

With your right hand, pretend like youre telling someone to STOP. Wrap your left hand around the finger tips of your right. Gently pull towards your face and feel the stretch in your fore-arm and hand muslces. Count to 10 and move on to the next exercise.


With the same hand, pretend like youre putting your hand out for someone to kiss. Again, wrap the opposite hand around your finger tips with your thumb on the inside of your hand. Gently pull towards your stomach and feel the stretch in your fore-arm. Count to 10 and you should feel your muscles ready to shred!

Shred Fest : Starting in October of 2011 in Portland, Oregon as a benefit for She Shreds magazine, Shred Fest: Portland highlighted innovative female artists of merit in the Northwest. Shred Fest: Austin 2012 features a lineup of groundbreaking artists celebrating greater visibility, equal representation and feminist principles. Shred Fest is committed to raising awareness, inspiring empowerment and lauding all those who shred. To us, shredding is not defined by technical knowledge of an instrument, but the degree to which one evokes emotion through music.

SPECIAL THANK YOU Martha E. Reyna, Marie Baker, Emily Marks, Radio Sloan, Janie Black, Gillian Avina, Rock n Roll Camp for Girls (Austin and Portland), Tom Tom Magazine, everyone who offered their help, Shred Fest volunteers, Kana Harris, Samantha Wendel, Baby Blue Studios, the bands who have volunteered their talent for Shred Fest