22 years later I sent my trusty brothers in arms, Chris and Alex to meet the band to see what gear they are using currently on their UK tour. They caught up with the band in the Globe Club in Cardiff.
Are you still using Vox AC30 amps?
‘The Marshall is a Valvestate Combo which I’ve used for years now, I put it on clean channel and use Tube Screamers. I use 3 Tube Screamers.
What guitar do you use, still using Rickenbackers?
‘I still play a telecaster a bit as well. I farmed most of my guitars out because I just had too many.’
I remember you using a Premier drum kit at one stage, do you still use it?
For cymbals I use a Zildjan Sweet Ride (22) and a Zildjan Thin Crash (16). My favourites are old school Paiste 602 Hi Hats but they are really hard to come by these days, so I use Turkish Vintage Soul which are fairly close to those great Paiste hats. Oh and I use a chain on the ride to make it a sizzler.’
What about bass guitar?
‘I had a Hofner in the early days, but I could hardly use it at all because of feedback, then I had a Gibson SG which was really long and heavy…..I use a Gretsch now.’
‘What you do when you get in a band, is you buy all the stuff that you think looks cool, like he bought his Hofner bass, which was a lovely looking thing but it was a nightmare. He had to stuff dusters inside it to stop it feeding back.’
‘Same with me and my Rickenbacker, i’ve just always wanted one, but then you start using other guitars and they don’t look as good but they’re better.’
Do you think that some of your choices of instruments have dictated the style of tracks you write?
So are there arguments about the type of sound one of you wants to use in the studio?
‘I remember when we made Luxembourg, we had a little glockenspiel and we had an argument then because I thought everything should just drop out and everyone else disagreed! So again, no major issues!’
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