When you boil a band down to it, it very rarely needs more than two musicians. The list of bands that slay with just two members is numerous. You’ve got The Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Soft Cell…
Ok, we’re kidding about Soft Cell. Hope we didn’t “taint” your opinion of this article.
Today we interview Mattias Noojd. Mattias hails from Gothenburg and is the guitarist and vocalist in the band Galvano. The band are a crushing audible assault mixing frantic drumming, wailing vocals and killer riffs.
Hi Mattias, nice to have you on board the blog! Let’s start with a simple one. Why Orange?
I used to own a OR120 a few years back and loved it, that dark and warm tone. Had to let it go though cause of financial reasons. I’d been missing it a lot and when I started looking at Orange amps again I decided on the Thunderverb 200 for it’s high gain and versatility. I needed something that could stand up against my Model T and I’m loving what the Thunderverb brings to the table. That thick low end and grit really completes my tone. Our band is really loud and that’s just how I like it, I want to feel those riffs, not just hear them.
The Thunderverb isn’t struggling in that department.
What amps are you currently running for your live setup?
My complete setup is a Thunderverb 200 and a -74 Sunn Model T that sits on 2 PPC412HP8 cabinets, I’m also using an Ampeg SVT 3 PRO that sits on an Ampeg 8×10 cabinet.
How about your recording set-up?
I usually use my live rig in the studio as well.
What is it about these amplifiers & cabinets that you like? Not only sonically but also any noticeable comments about how they handle life on the road.
Apart from what I’ve already mentioned I just love how the Orange cabinets sit right on the floor, that really brings out the low end. My cabinets are heavy as hell but it’s all worth it, they’re really solid.
How do you like to set the amp up? This doesn’t have to be exact settings, just what settings you have found work for you, a photo of the setting will also do!
I run my signal through all three amps. They are all are on most of the time.
The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?
It’s stock and my Thunderverb came with 6550’s. I might swap ‘em ouf for kt88’s though. I like those a lot.
Would you like to add/provide any additional information?
I’d just like to express my deep appreciation to Orange for taking interest in and supporting our band and me as a guitar player.
Go and check out Galvano, listen to their record, browse some pictures and buy a shirt! Till next time.