Meet Shane Chisholm, a Canadian country/Americana musician who these days is based out of Nashville.
— Shane Chisholm (@MrShaneChisholm) October 19, 2013
As you can see, Shane plays the upright bass. Not just any upright bass, though – that’s a custom piece he built himself out of numerous pots and pans of varying sizes and an Ikea salad bowl. As you can see, it looks a lot like the Stanley Cup – as it should, since that was the inspiration for the aptly-named Cupright Bass.
Chisholm is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, but built the Cupright Bass while living in Alberta. When interviewed by CBC, he talked about his first time bringing the instrument around Nashville – a city famous for it’s huge music scene (and now also as Smashville, home of the Predators):
He performed with it in Tennessee for the first time several months prior, right as the Predators were gaining steam.
“Someone in the audience had asked, ‘What is that?’ And I go, ‘Well it’s Stanley Cup. I wanted to show Nashville what it looks like’,” he says.
“You know the joke’s [now] going to be that Nashville is going to show me what it looks like.”
Indeed, with a win last night, the Predators now trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final. Although Chisholm grew up a Boston Bruins fan, living in Nashville in the midst of a Stanley Cup run has got him caught up in the craze as well.
“They’re a great team. You can feel it just walking,” said Chisholm. “The other night when the Predators scored, you could hear through the entire inner city of everybody screaming. It was an amazing feeling.”
So I’m sure you’re dying to know how that Cupright Bass actually sounds, aren’t you? The answer: Not too bad at all. Have a listen:
It’s not the only custom hand-built instrument in his collection either. He also fashioned an upright bass out of an old gas tank from a car. You can see that laying on the ground in this next video:
He’s been known to use an angle grinder during his performances too. It’s a grinder specially outfitted with a pickup so that he can actually use it to make music and play melodies. Watch for the grinder-on-Cupright Bass solo in this video:
Here’s more with the grinder, and the aforementioned gas tank bass:
You know, the way he uses that grinder reminds me a lot of White Cowbell Oklahoma and the chainsaw solos that are a staple at their shows:
I fondly remember getting covered with shredded toilet paper when White Cowbell Oklahoma came to Peterborough. That and Chainsaw Charlie’s pyrotechnic cowbell made for an awfully memorable show.
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) April 7, 2013