“The Bigsby Standard actually made by Paul Bigsby is one of the most special – there’s only 25 or so known to still exist”: Meet Amy Rose Mills, the accidental luthier who sets up some of the rarest guitars on the planet

Amy Rose Mills of Couch Slut
(Image credit: Steven Rachmuth)

With You Could Do It Tonight, Brooklyn’s Couch Slut just gave 2024 one of its most dynamically distressing albums yet. You can credit guitarists Amy Rose Mills and Dylan Dillela for much of its towering terror.

Across nine numbers, the pair lock into wide stretches of two-chord chromatic gloom, delivering dissonantly arpeggiating pseudo-harmonies and shivering through soft-touch improv spookiness. Their riffage often roils beneath jarringly visceral lyrical themes of self-harm, violent assaults and surrealistic carnage.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.