Gear and beer: Mr. Clit and The Pink Cigarettes 

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Davey Gravey, Abby Hart and Ayesha McKee of the group, Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes, at downtown Indianapolis' The Ram Brewery. The newly tapped Mt. Simcoe was cold and delicious. While I enjoyed my beer, the band sipped on The Ram's shakes in raspberry, chocolate and aptly, root beer flavors.

NUVO: Davey, let's start with you. What are you playing?

Davey Gravey: It's an Ibanez. It's a guitar I got it for painting a garage. He bought it. I painted it an olive yellowish green. That's my favorite.

NUVO: What about your amp?

Gravey: The Deville. Fender.

Abby Hart: It's a combo.

Gravey: It's a 2x12. We would see bands that we liked and they had that amp. I only got it because we went to play in Illinois and my amp stopped working completely on the second song. Our buddy Billy was with us and he worked at Guitar Center.

Hart: He got us a super discount.

Gravey: It was over half off. We had to go in and pretend like "Okay, Billy, we'll take it home for you."

Ayesha McKee: They heard us say thank you in the parking lot. They were like, "Did you buy that for him?" He said, "No, they're just borrowing for like a day, but I bought it for me."

NUVO: Are you using any effects?

Gravey: The reverb on the amp, a cheap distortion pedal and a tuner. And I use picks with shark logos on them. I've got one left.

Hart: They're not the lightest. I like the red ones.

NUVO: I like that you use picks on bass.

Hart: Everyone says you can play faster with a pick. I don't know. I like the sound that I get. I started as a singer, not in the band, but in the choir.

Gravey: Did they ask choir are you doing this?

NUVO: Nice wordplay.

Hart: I live with it.

NUVO: What's your bass?

Hart: It's a 1979 Vox Panther. It's lighter and short scale. It was hanging on my stepdad's wall. I only know so much about it because people always ask me at shows. Our gimmicks are that we drive in an extremely small car, I play a weird bass and Ayesha hits the tambourine with the drum. Other than that no one cares. People forget that David's in the band.

Gravey: We didn't choose a gimmick that incorporates me.

Hart: I played an Ibanez that was [Gravey]'s, he used to own everything I played: amp, pedal and bass. We painted it pink and it had a White Zombie sticker.

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NUVO: What kind of amp are you using now?

Hart: A Fender Rumble. I only got that because my Behringer exploded on one tour...

Gravey: [Makes explosion sound] in Mobile.

Hart: This one guy said "Don't ever get a Behringer again, here are the good brands." It's pretty loud for a combo.

Gravey: It wasn't too expensive. We bought it on the road and took all the carpet off the old amp...

Hart: Yeah, we staple carpet to our amps.

Gravey: I sat in a parking lot in Austin, Texas and took the speakers out because her dad wanted them.

McKee: Yeah, the wheels and the handle. He repairs amps, so he said "Bring home the parts so I can reuse them."

Hart: We did get free sandwiches though.

Gravey: We did, it was awesome. A guy walked up and was like, "What are you doing" and I explained it to him and he left. He came back like a half hour later with a gift card.

Hart: Potbelly sandwiches.

NUVO: How did you get the vocal sounds on Wet-Willy? Some of the tracks sounded like you were singing in a megaphone.

Hart: We asked for that. We like dreamy reverb and then a little of that megaphone effect.

Gravey: Some of them we did, not on Wet-Willy. We've tried to get that sound live; taping it to a stand, but couldn't get it to work.

McKee: For this one [Jim Kuczkowski] said "I want to put your vocals on tape."

NUVO: Ayesha, what's your kit like?

McKee: Well, in Abby's basement...

Gravey: Everything came from the basement.

McKee: Her stepdad's band, [the drummer] sold it to me because it was all discolored. It's a Mapex Mars. I painted it all with stripes. And I paint my sticks. I have the ride, crash, floor tom, rack and snare. On my hi hat, I don't use the clutch or the foot pedal. [The tambourine] sits where my other rack tom would go until I need it.

NUVO: Have you had any drum equipment catastrophes on the road?

McKee: Was it two years ago? My rack tom, the things in the front snapped off...

Gravey: During a show in California her tom just slid all the way off.

McKee: I tried to duct tape it so it would stay still, but it didn't work. Luckily it was on the last three shows, so I just had to borrow someone's stand.

Gravey: Also, in San Antonio, the bar owner fell through your snare.

Hart: He was fixing something and fell into her drums.

McKee: It made my snare stand go through the bottom, and bent the stand.

click to enlarge An example of the perfect touring vehicle for this band. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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