Portland's Wipers were the songwriting outlet for punk virtuoso Greg Sage. Sage originally envisioned the Wipers as a self-contained, DIY studio project that would record 15 albums in 10 years but never play live. They ended up following a slightly more conventional path, although never in their music. The Wipers sound exists somewhere outside of genre classifications: it's punk, pop, garage, psychedelic, and yet none of those things. Sage was a gear-head and rabid experimenter who had gotten into music by playing with a record lathe his father, who worked in the industry, had procured.