Brandon Fisher

Musician, Superdrag, The Lees of Memory

Brandon Fisher is a co-founder and guitarist of the bands Superdrag and The Lees of Memory.  With Superdrag, he released five studio albums including Fidelity High favorites Regretfully Yours, Head Trip In Every Key, and In The Valley of Dying Stars, as well as countless singles and EPs.   In 2013, he formed the new band The Lees of Memory with Superdrag frontman John Davis.  They released their debut LP Sisyphus Says the following year and it's follow up Unnecessary Evil in 2016.  The Lees of Memory just released their stellar double album The Blinding White Of Nothing At All and this is Brandon Fisher's Fidelity High: Sonic Youth // Goo // DGC // 1990.  Brandon says, "During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s I worked at a couple of different record stores, which gave me the opportunity to spend hours each day in a room full of records with coworkers and customers that had deep musical knowledge.  This was an amazing way to discover music!  I loved rock & roll of all varieties, and I was just starting to learn about 'alternative rock' (had that term been coined by 1990?) when I heard Sonic Youth’s Goo on record-release day.  I instantly felt a connection with it.  It was loud and noisy… yet melodic and beautiful.  Goo quickly went into heavy rotation in the store, the car, and the house.  And, of course, I started working my way back through Sonic Youth’s discography and tried to figure out 'what other bands sound like this?'  This quickly led to many other bands that still mean so much to me today (Stereolab!  Pavement!  My Bloody Valentine!  Dinosaur Jr!  And of course, the list goes on and on and…). As a guitar player, Goo was a game-changer – it was one of the records that really shaped the way I thought (and still think) about guitar.  How many times did I listen to 'Dirty Boots' and 'Disappearer' trying to figure out the chords?  Yeah, I didn’t realize they used alternate tunings till later, haha.  But their use of drone strings/notes, sustained feedback, and dissonance quickly became part of my playing (aided and abetted by so many other bands at the time).  I think the biggest lesson for me during that time was the concept of texture.  Whether it’s one guitar, a two-guitar arrangement, or simply layering guitars, I really started to think about the value texture can add to musical arrangement.  From Superdrag to The Lees of Memory, these things have always been omnipresent in my playing. So to summarize:  Sonic Youth’s Goo – loved it then; love it now."




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