Robert: It’s a Swedish word, it’s pronounced Skraeckoedlan!
It’s actually spelt with the Swedish A and the two dots and the O but we spelled it more international and it hasn’t been to our advantage! Because no one can spell it or pronounce it! It’s a Swedish word and it translates to like the Horror Lizard, it’s like a Godzilla Reference.
Henrik: I think we had a name before the band was actually started, I think you came up with the name and sent me text. Do you want to play heavy doom rock fast rock and sing in Swedish and we will be called ‘Skraeckoedlan’.
Robert: That was the concept before we even rehearsed and its like a reference to the old 50’s horror movies and that sort of things Sci-Fi. Also the Blue Oyster Cult song ‘Godzilla’ of course!
Tell us about your new album?
Robert: I think it sounds the most of what we want to sound like now because you to rehearse at writing songs, you get better at writing songs. You have to write a lot of songs to know what you want to write. Also when you are younger, it was ten years ago when we started out and we were young kids and we wanted to play like your idols. Wanting to play metal and stuff we like. Now it has progressed into something more original now and I think we know that and i think when we write songs we want to write it for ourselves and not “cover” songs.
Henrik: That has become quite a natural progression, it’s not something we think conscientious about, it’s fun not to do the same songs and do something different.
Robert: This album ‘Earth’, our third album it is a concept album and we got the story behind the concept album written to us by a Sci-Fi author. We based the whole album on his story, so it was more of another take on songwriting, as we had to tell the story of this. The first needs to be more of an intro song and then we need to take it this way. It was a whole another way to write songs.
Henrik: It was a whole different approach that kind of shows up in the result as well.
Star Trek or Star Wars
Robert: Star Trek, Star Wars is not Sci-Fi, Star Wars is just a saga it is a fantasy! Just to clear it up.
What made you choose Orange?
Robert: It’s so connected to this genre and a lot of bands play Orange. When we started out that’s the thing you want, you want to play what your gods play. Then you try it out, it was so good for you and translated directly to you, we play a lot of pedals and the Orange amps really go well all the pedals. I think you had the TH100 first, that was the first one we had,
Henrik: Yes, then we wrote to Orange asking if we can have an Orange amps sponsorship and we would like these amps could you help us out!
Robert: I think it was 2014 we ordered Orange backline and we never looked back. I’m not so conscious about my sound, I think if it feels good and sounds good I’m satisfied and I don’t really know what I play. As long as it sounds great. I found that in the CR120 they are so convenient to have, they sound so great with pedals and don’t weigh anything and they don’t break down on tour. They are the best solid state amps they are the best I have played.
What gear are you using right now?
Robert: I have one of the CR120 Combos, the 1X12 and a 2X12 cabinet with a CR120 Head. I split the signal into two, so I play two amps, that’s my setup.
Henrik: I recently had the same head, the CR120 with a 412 stereo cabinet, I just recently bought the Rocker 32 stereo combo. So I haven’t really got a chance to try it out yet but i’m going to be experimenting with that in some form of Wet/Dry signal, so that’s going to be fun.
Robert: We like playing stereo so I think i’m going to buy that combo as well, it’s so convenient to have a stereo combo and not have to carry two big rigs. Tonight i’m not quite sure actually, our drummer is the one that is the most interested in those things. He wrote what we should have!
Henrik: He is the best at organising all of that sort of admin.
Robert: So we are just happy, we don’t know so much!
Corey: After being a band for a few years, when James, Andrew and I sat down to start writing music the stuff we were coming up with was just more of a punk influence. All of us have been huge punk fans since we were all younger so it was kind of a natural progression and kind of just go back to that. But we still also kept a lot of the heavy end stuff in.
Scary: I just joined the band after this record came out because they did a lot of second guitar stuff and they wanted to do it live. I’ve been friends with the band since they started, I did pre production for a lot of the older records, ‘taste of sin’, ‘set the dial.’ I would go to their space and record it and then send it off to their engineer that were actually going to produce the record. So i’ve known the band for a long time and they asked me to play after the record was done and i’ve been playing in cover bands with Andrew and James since i moved to Savannah so it’s been fun, i’ve known the guys for a long time.
Corey: So we we’ve been working with the company maybe two years but prior to that i’ve used a lot of Orange stuff when we would come to Europe and we would rent a backline. The bass stuff was generally an Orange and that’s what started my interest in using the amps.
Scary: I started using the Orange back in 2009 or 2010, I got the Rockerverb MKI and i bought it because I had seen so many great bands using it. I bought it on a whim and its been my tone ever since, in history!! I’ve had the Rockerverb MKI, MKII, MKIII and they just keep getting better, the MKIII is just awesome, I love it! Corey: NERD! Scary: I know! The stepped attenuators are fantastic!!
Corey: I like with bass something that has some kind of drive section and that is not just a clean, I definitely like tube and bit of a lower wattage than the big SVT type things, 200 is quite a good match. You can push the amp a bit more and retain a lot of that good EQ sound without turning it to one of five.
Scarey: Overdrive and the preamp section is really big for me because its like there are a lot of amps that have really good overdrive but then they sound a little fizzy. The gain on the Rockerverb has always been really nice in my ear and the reverb on the new MKIII’s are amazing, totally usable and then the clean is amazing for pushing pedals. The overdrive though has been something that has won me over for years, haven’t been able to find something like that, for something that fits my ear in years.
Corey: I have the AD200 and also the Two Stroke pedal and the OB1 as my backup amplifier. I’m using the Two Stroke as more of an overdrive pedal, not throughout the entire set or song. I always like a more treble sound like the old Jesus Lizard stuff, that kind of stuff has to have the midrange boost to kind of overdrive the amp nicely.
appreciate the story of how I became an Orange user because it embodies my “put
up or shut up” philosophy of rock music.
Before I moved to America to join our band, Hero Jr., I lived in London,
where I worked mostly as a songwriter, producer and studio musician. My main amps were vintage Marshall JMP 50
watt 2×12 combos from the late 60s and early 70s. Being a Jimmy Page and 70s rock fanatic I was
religiously partial to the Les Paul / Marshall sound. There was something about the raunch, honk,
and presence through that rig that inspired my playing. I am not really a “technical musician” and
I’m extremely sensitive to what instrument and amp I’m playing through. I’m not the dude that can pick up anyone’s
guitar, plug into any amp, and just start shredding. If it doesn’t feel right it’s not happening
for me. I’ve always been that way! For the majority of my work I’ve played the
same 1972 Les Paul for over 20 years.
Orange. To make a long story short,
seven years ago I had finished co-writing and producing an album with my
friends in the Indianapolis, Indiana rock band Hero Jr. The band’s singer, Evan Haughey, and I wrote
the songs for that album via SKYPE. We
had such a good connection that the hook-up between my studio in London and the
studio in Indiana felt like one living room.
We ended up recording the record back and forth between the two
studios. In June 2012 I was invited to
the Hero Jr. album release event in Indianapolis. The plan was to rehearse for a couple days
and play the new songs that we had all recorded together. I came over to America to do that show and
the vibes were so cool I never went back to London and joined the band. When the music feels that right there is no need
to think about it!
that day the never-ending Hero Jr. tour started. All my gear, except a couple guitars and
pedals, was in London and the vintage amp I was borrowing on tour was melting
down by the end of each set so I needed a rig.
A friend, and Orange user in London, suggested I talk to her artist
representative about potential touring rigs.
She said that the new Orange gear was killing it and that the artist
support system at the company was amazing.
She was right. The dudes at
Orange were very cool and really wanted me to find the right amp for my
style. They said I would not be
disappointed by Orange and that I would probably not want to go back to my
Marshalls. They were right. A week later I became an Orange Ambassador
and was touring with my first Orange rig, an OR50 and PPC-212 closed back
cabinet. From the get go I was
floored. Not only did I feel that
“connection” that I needed to be inspired, but the fans and technical staff at
the venues we played all mentioned the clarity and balls of my sound and were
impressed. I was really in love with my
amp and spent the next 6 years and over 700 shows playing that OR50.
got my Rockerverb 50 Mk. III last year to take on a short spring tour
supporting John 5 And The Creatures. My
relationship with the RV had an auspicious start as it arrived just a few days
before the tour started, and being such a picky creature of habit with my gear,
and having limited gear space on tour, I wussed out and left the RV 50 at home. My initial opinion was…great amp but not as
vibey as my OR50. As soon as I got back
from the tour I realized I was very wrong!
A couple things happened. First,
my OR50 went down and wouldn’t be repaired in time for a short string of
shows. I rehearsed for a few days with
it and still felt that homesick (ampsickness!!) longing for my OR50.
we started playing I began to get used to the RV and noticed that it was
ballsy, yet clean, and cut really well.
It fit. I usually use one setting and control the tone with my volume on
the guitar. With the RV I could crank
the gain but when I rolled off my volume I got the vintage cleanish sound I am
used to. That amp killed it. Like I said I’m not a technician, but the RV
felt like it had headroom for days. Most
importantly I felt it the RV catered to my style of playing and to the
band. Evan and I have a cool dual guitar
style together. We groove so intuitively
that it almost sounds like one big guitar.
The RV fit right into that.
second bonding experience I had with the RV was in the studio playing guitar on
a few outside non-rock recording projects.
The versatility of the RV was amazing.
On one session, which was ambient alternative, like Sigur Rós, I used
the clean channel as my basic setup and ran a lot of effects. The RV takes effects really well. The front end is very tight and balanced and
the amp was as true to my vintage effects as it was to the modern gear. I didn’t have to change settings once on that
gig. In addition to a killer gain
channel the amp sounds great using a combination of the clean volume and
attenuator to get a bluesier, natural overdrive sound. The RV rocked in the
studio on all styles of music. Whether
it was vintage soul/funk with a Strat or Tele, Blues, or Hip Hop, all my
sessions were great and I have used the RV50 as my number one studio amp ever
since. Even through a PPC112 the RV has
amazing range and depth.
third bonding session with my RV happened during the shooting of the three
videos Orange will be releasing, where I played a Strat, Telecaster, and Les
Paul, through it in order to show how the RV played true to the characteristics
of each guitar and the effects I used.
Prior to the shooting I used the amp for a short road trip and on some
studio sessions and although I was sold on the amp I didn’t really use a lot of
different settings. When it came time to
shoot the videos I was kind of winging the settings to show the versatility of
the amp with each of the three guitars.
I’m sure that Derik, my videographer, caught me saying, “Fuck, this amp
is really the shit” more than a few times.
the shooting of this video is when I realized the RV is one of the best new
amps on the market. It can do everything
I need in any situation I have been in, live and studio. I am so impressed that, besides being a
monster rock amp, there is so much versatility in the RV. Both channels have different clean and
overdriven possibilities, the EQ is musical and the attenuator really does its
job if you need to play soft. Set up
with the gain just right I can even get my Page on!! After getting to know my RV50 in so many ways
I have decided to get and ABY and see what it’s like in my touring rig with the
OR50. I’ve been using Orange amps and
pedals for a while now and one thing is for sure. From the Mini crush all the way up to the RV
and OR, Orange has a sound and personality that is perfect for the music I
make. The build quality and
harmonic/tonal consistency is awesome. I
don’t use reverb, as I prefer room ambience, but the built in reverb is an
added bones for anyone that needs on board verb. I never use the effects loop so I cant
comment on that. Orange has been my only
amp since 2012 and I’ve never thought to change or try others. Great dudes.
Great gear. “Put up or shut up!!”
love all kinds of music but I have always had a special thing for 60s and 70s
guitar rock. Maybe it’s because the
genre evolved from Soul, R&B, Blues, and improvisational Jazz and has few
boundaries. Bring on the 60s and 70s,
add volume and fuzz to the mix and it’s just right. I favor pre-80s music because, in my opinion,
talent, craft and vibe were as important aspects of the business as the need to
sell records and many of the “corporate” record people had their roots in
music. They hung out with the artists
and bands and released records that, for the most part, touched them, and in
turn resonated with the public.
grew up as a songwriter and always wrote my own tunes. My favorite artists have always been
Zeppelin, Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Neil Young, The 3 Kings, Miles,
and too many more to mention. The
mixture of raw rock power and good songwriting is important to me. When Evan and I sit down to write a Hero Jr.
album we usually start on acoustic guitars.
A typical session starts with a lyrical concept or a lick. Evan and I are very in tune with each other
and we share our ideas freely, trusting that we will always get where we are
going. So far it’s worked like a
charm. We always have an abundance of
ideas and work well as a selfless team with one goal, getting the best out of
each other during the initial creative phase of developing ideas. We generally write from our social
observations and from the obstacles we encounter in our lives and how we
grow. Our songs always come out having
multiple meanings to our listeners.
and I are different people so each song means something different to him than it
does to me. Even before people hear a
song it usually has two meanings coming from two different places. Before we bring a song into the band we have
a finished melody, lyric, and song outline with the main licks and an
arrangement in place. From that basis we
start rehearsing and after pushing, pulling and trying many variations of
dynamics and parts the song comes out Hero Jr.
This process is so important and is a big part of who we are as a band. We know when we are finished with a song that
we have tried every possible combination of ideas and that we all agree it is
“airtight”. We are very lucky to have
our four man family and a creative check and balance system that actually
on and off stage we are a band. I do not
think I could have given up my writing and producing career if I didn’t feel
this bond and team energy. My one music
biz dream has always been to be in a band that could carry on the tradition of
my heroes and stand the test of time. I
think we all feel that way and that’s one reason Hero Jr. has been able to slug
it out for seven years of ups and downs on the path to wherever it is we are
headed. We love what we create and I
believe rock fans, besides loving the music, react to the “brotherhood” and
vibe of a band that is not only talented but scrappy. Before we go into the studio to record, we
take the songs on the road to see how they work in front of people. We are a live band first and we want to get
that feel in the studio. We have
recorded our last three albums and EPs live, with no overdubs.
get the songs right it’s important to play the new tunes out live in front of
an audience. Classic rock fans are
relentless and you know when they are not into a tune. It’s what we love about the genre! We usually record all our rehearsals and
shows to hear what works, as the feeling on stage is totally different when you
listen back to a show a week later. When
we all agree we are ready, we set up in a studio facing each other in a semi-circle
and start recording. We separate the
amps a little but are not afraid of amp bleed as it acts like glue. Letting the bass bleed into the drum
overheads allows for a “surrounding” bottom end that anchors the whole
song. We play each song a few times and
usually have a good take in three tries.
If we don’t we move on to another song.
it fresh and “unrehearsed” is important in the studio. We are never stressed out and we really do
trust each other on such a level that we all end up being one when the take is
right. I’d say 80% of our last three
recordings are from the first three takes.
For me there is no better musical feeling than being in a well-oiled
touring rock band. It’s what got me into
this when I was 13. The vibration of
“real” rock music touches every part of me.
I’m grateful for music, creativity, my bandmates, and for Orange. Seriously. I use all the products I endorse
and there are no better rock tools for me than my Orange gear. “Put up or shut up!”
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*This interview was conducted by Danny Gomez from Orange Amps. A spanish translation is available at the end of this post.
What’s your story? How do you get where you are today? I was born in a small town in Extremadura (Plasencia) and I grew up in the next town (Malpartida de Plasencia). Since I was very young I felt always very attracted to music and painting and as I was growing up I was more inclined towards the first. But growing up in the eighties in a village did not help me much … I did not have the same things available to me if I had grown up in Madrid, for example. So when I finished high school I started working to save some money and go to Madrid to learn music.
In my town I already played in a self-taught way but I wanted to understand music in a more intellectual or mathematical way (I was convinced that it could not be an inspiration only). And before we did not have the luck to have all kinds of information within reach of a click sitting in your room. So, I came to Madrid and my teacher (Pedro Noda) taught me theory and composition and I worked on the guitar on my own, listening to everything I liked and analyzing scores (things that I will always do). Over time you will meet people who give you an opportunity to play in a group, band, artist and do it with respect and love for the music you have to play (whatever it is, everything is learned). And in that I am, in continuing studying and learning to play as the music deserves.
References and influences. What can we find in your music? Each age or age has some influences, there are always. When I was a teenager it was heavy metal and over time my taste has softened (although if I listen to my bands or guitarists back then I remember it with love, I do not deny it at all). Discovering jazz was magnificent and what most identifies my way of playing (I think) is usually what I play. My biggest influence for a long time was the pianist, Keith Jarrett. But what my heart marries is classical music. There is nothing that I like more and my compositions are much more classic than anything else.
Mythical great, those instruments, samplers, amplifiers, mythical effects. Although I have old guitars and old amps, I’m not thinking that everything that happened was better. The new thing is great too, although an 82 Taurus pedal would not be bad to have.
New versus Second hand. It is clear that the new has its advantages and as I said before the new cool, but it is true that in the world of music, the vast majority take good care of your equipment and find cool second-hand things in very good condition.
New technologies, what is the best thing you’ve tried lately? The OMEC Teleport.It is amazing what you can do with that little bit and a computer (or tablet or smartphone).
Equipment to take you on a trip or to work on the road? The OMEC Teleport.
What do you use Backup in case everything fails? For now nothing … cross fingers … hehehe
The studio is burning down … instrument / equipment that you would save? My PRS Hollowbody II. My favorite guitar by far. Along with the PRS DGT was love as soon as you put your hands on the fretboard, I couldn’t believe it.
What is your experience with Orange Amplifiers? I have tried the Acoustic PRE recently.
First impressions about the new Acoustic PRE Well it has been a pleasant surprise. I plugged the acoustic guitar and I was blown away. The two channels make the guitar have a different life. I loved the sound it brings and the possible combinations. A channel with a tube !! The best I’ve heard for acoustics. Let’s see if we can arrange to take it with me on tour this year.
What are your plans for the future? I’ve been playing with Melendi for many years and I start this year’s tour in May in America. Starting in June we will be touring Spain until the end of the year. In June I will record an album with the best singer in the world (for me), Verónica Ferreiro (https://youtu.be/YlEV-K3uAfs). We have a project both with original themes and we are looking forward to recording it and showing it to the world. We will also record another album this year with MENIL (https://youtu.be/uDHc2WYLO2U), a group of manouche (gypsy jazz) that I have with some good friends, and maybe some other surprises.
Tips for readers? Take advantage of time, love the music and your instrument. Thanks, Danny, for the interview and the readers for taking a moment to read it.
Cuál es tu historia? Cómo llegas hasta dónde estás hoy? Nací en una pequeña ciudad extremeña (Plasencia) y me crié en el pueblo de al lado (Malpartida de Plasencia). Desde pequeño siempre me atrajo mucho la música y la pintura y según fui creciendo me decantaba más por lo primero. Pero crecer en los ochenta en un pueblo no me ayudaba mucho… no tenía las mismas cosas al alcance que si hubiese crecido en Madrid, por ejemplo. Así que cuando terminé el bachillerato me puse a trabajar para ahorrar algo de dinero e irme a Madrid a aprender música. En mi pueblo ya tocaba de una forma autodidacta pero quería entender la música de una forma más intelectual o matemática (estaba convencido de que no podía ser inspiración solamente). Y antes no teníamos la suerte de tener todo tipo de información al alcance de un click sentado en tu habitación. Total, me vine a Madrid y mi profesor (Pedro Noda) me enseñó teoría y composición y yo trabaje en la guitarra por mi cuenta, sacando de oído todo lo que me gustaba y analizando partituras (cosas que seguiré haciendo siempre). Con el tiempo vas conociendo gente que te da una oportunidad para tocar en un grupo, orquesta, artista y lo haces con respeto y cariño por la música que tienes que tocar (la que sea, de todo se aprende). Y en eso estoy, en seguir estudiando y aprendiendo a tocar como se merece la música. Referencias e influencias. Qué podemos encontrar en tu música? Cada época o edad tiene unas influencias, siempre las hay. Cuando era adolescente era el heavy metal y con el tiempo se me ha ido suavizando el gusto (aunque si vuelvo a escuchar a mis grupos o guitarristas de entonces lo recuerdo con cariño, no reniego en absoluto de ello). Descubrir el jazz fue magnífico y con lo que más se identifica mi forma de tocar (creo), habitualmente es lo que toco. Mi mayor influencia durante mucho tiempo fue el pianista, Keith Jarrett. Pero con lo que casa mi corazón es con la música clásica. No hay nada que más me guste y mis composiciones tienen mucho más de clásico que de otra cosa. Equipo mítico. Esos instrumentos, samplers, amplificadores, efectos míticos. Aunque tengo guitarras antiguas y amplis antiguos no soy de pensar que todo lo pasado fue mejor. Lo nuevo está genial también, aunque un Taurus pedal del 82 no estaría mal tener. Nuevo versus Segunda mano. Está claro que lo nuevo tiene sus ventajas y como he dicho antes lo nuevo mola, pero bien es cierto que en el mundo de la música, la inmensa mayoría cuida bien su equipo y encuentras cosas geniales de segunda mano en muy buen estado. Las nuevas tecnologías, qué es lo mejor que has probado últimamente. El OMEC Teleport.Es alucinante lo que puedes hacer con ese pedalito y un ordenador (o tablet o smartphone). Equipo para llevarte de viaje o para trabajar en la carretera? El OMEC Teleport. Que usas de Backup por si todo falla? Por ahora nada… crucemos los dedos… jejejeArde el estudio… instrumento/equipo que salvarías? Mi PRS Hollowbody II. Mi guitarra preferida con diferencia. Junto con la PRS DGT fue amor nada más poner las manos en el diapasón, no lo podía creer. Cuál es tu experiencia con Orange Amplifiers? Haber probado el Acoustic PRE hace poco. Primeras impresiones acerca del nuevo Acoustic PRE Pues ha sido toda una grata sorpresa. Enchufé la guitarra acústica y flipé en colores. Los dos canales que tiene hace que la guitarra tenga una vida diferente. Me encantó el sonido que aporta y las combinaciones posibles. Un canal con una válvula! Lo mejor que he escuchado para acústicas. A ver si se viene conmigo de gira este año. Cuales son tus planes de futuro? Llevo tocando muchos años con Melendi y empiezo la gira de este año el próximo mes de mayo en América. A partir de junio estaremos recorriendo España hasta final de año. En junio grabaré un disco con la mejor cantante del mundo (para mí), Verónica Ferreiro (https://youtu.be/YlEV-K3uAfs). Tenemos un proyecto los dos con temas originales y estamos deseando grabarlo y enseñarlo al mundo. También grabaremos este año otro disco con MENIL (https://youtu.be/uDHc2WYLO2U), un grupo de manouche (gypsy jazz) que tengo con unos buenos amigos, y puede que alguna otra sorpresa más. Consejos para los lectores Aprovechad el tiempo, amad la música y vuestro instrumento.Gracias, Danny, por la entrevista y a los lectores por dedicar un ratito a leerla.
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Hello everybody, I’m Simone Vignola bassist and songwriter from Italy. Today, I’m here with my best travelling partner – This Orange Amplifier that I use both in live and studio sessions. You just listened to “Naufrago” It is my last album’s title track.
I’m playing these songs live just with bass and vocals as an evolution of my solo project which gives me the opportunity to play by myself with bass and vocals along with a complete background sound, the sound I can build thanks to this amplifier. Actually, the head I’m using is the new Terror Bass, a very new model which kind of looks like the Terror Bass 1000s little sister that I used during the last period.
A simple amplifier is what I need, I can control bass, mids and high in an easy and vintage way simply with a little knob. Just volume and gain and I can reach without any other additional gear a sound that seems already compressed and controllable even when I play with my loop station.
Obviously, my followers know that my style is funky oriented and Orange is often considered a rock amplifier but now we’ll try to change this point of view like transforming a cap into a hat and so the transformation of a rock amplifier into a funky one. I’m very very happy to talk about this.
Moreover here we have the isobaric 2×12 cabinet. There are two 12″ front facing speakers in an isobaric way. An excellent product that gives us a full low range covering but also a nice presence for slapping and for those techniques I like to use, so it gives me a great sound support. And today, this amplifier supports the Bellavista’s horse too. It was part of this video.
Goodbye everybody with another song called “Love Song.” A kiss.
Sarah Jane, take us back to the beginning – what triggered your interest in music? Sarah Jane: I come from a musical household where my dad would experiment with home made hi-fi speakers and play bands such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and Dylan, as well as church and choral music. My mum, brother and sisters were also into music and would dabble in guitar, piano and singing. When high school came around, my older brother introduced me to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Doors, and it was around this time I bought one of my first records which was Hendrix live. After that I just wanted to play guitar like him, he was a huge inspiration! Strawberry Fields was also a mind blowing experience when I first heard it.
When I was around 18 I started playing my brother’s Les Paul and I stuck with guitar for about three years on and off, before switching to bass, mostly just because I found it more fun to play, and as we all know, bass is obviously the most important part of a bands sound… After about a year of practice, I joined my first band ‘The Morticians’. I never had any formal lessons as I A. couldn’t afford them and B. I preferred to develop my own style mainly playing by ear, using some tabs and watching videos of The Who, Black Sabbath and jamming with my own band. My advise to beginners would be to play what you want – the whole beauty of rock ’n’ roll is that there is no rules, so ignore the idiots trying to tell you otherwise. Do whatever you need to do to develop the style and sound that suits your own music, whether that is playing with others in a band or having lessons and learning covers, whatever you feel the most beneficial.
You mention your first band The Morticias, how did your current band Gorilla come to life? Sarah Jane: When The Morticians split around 1999 guitarist Johnny and I decided to get another drummer and keep going as Gorilla, and we’ve been going ever since with different drummers. We’re currently on number 15 – they get worn out! Our latest victim Ryan is great, and has given us a new lease of life and inspiration, we’ve always just wanted to play music inspired by the bands we love ourselves, such as The Who, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Budgie, Blue Cheer, The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Mountain – you know, basically heavy 60s and 70s rock, which still remains our main influences. In the beginning we just scored as many gigs as we could until we got lucky and spotted by the bassist from Melvins who pitched us to a Swedish punk rock label who ended up releasing our first LP. We’ve released three full length LPs, one split LP and a single, with another album in the works.
Wow, drummer number 15! In true Spinal Tap spirit. What can you tell us about the upcoming album? Sarah Jane: We’re heading to a new studio called North Down Sound in Folkestone which has lots of analogue equipment and is run and engineered by a friend called Mole, he loves the old vintage valve sounds and equipment. Musically you can expect maximum riffage, high energy rock ’n’ roll, basic ‘full on f*ck the safety net’ hell ride, in other words, business as usual Gorilla style! It will be released in June on Heavy Psych Sounds so keep an eye at our social media for updates and announcements.
Do you remember your first ever encounter with Orange? Sarah Jane: I first saw Orange gear when watching Beatclub Videos where the Orange amps just looked and sounded awesome, all the bands I loved seemed to use them too, so I just knew nothing else would do!
What’s your own history and experience with Orange? Sarah Jane: My first piece of Orange equipment I owned was a hard wired (no kettle lead) Early OR120 I purchased in 2001 from a friend for £250. I didn’t know how to date this amp so phoned the Orange Factory and spoke to a very nice bloke called Jeff, who had apparently worked there from the early days of Orange. After I got the amp I needed a cab to go with it, and luckily my guitarist from GORILLA, Johnny, had a ‘spare’ 4 x12 which sounded amazing paired with it. The cab had it’s original Celestion speakers and was actually 15 ohms! The cab was previously owned by NWOBHM band, May West, and the logo was sprayed on the bottom. I had a standby switch fitted onto the back of the amp to preserve the valves as it didn’t have one.
second Orange amp I acquired was sold to me from a friend for £100 in the same
year, a late 70’s graphic model. This amp didn’t sound as good as my early
OR120. Jeff told me that this could be because they had ‘drop mounted
transformers’, which apparently were not as good as the early amps.
I was walking past my local music shop and spotted in the window a flash of
orange colour underneath a Peavey Flag. I went in to see what it was and spoke
to the owner, who underneath the Flag dug out a brand new Bass Hustler Combo.
He explained to me that this had been in the shop when his dad ran it in the
70s. The Combo wasn’t for sale it was being used to display tambourines and the
Peavey Flag, but of course I asked how much he’d want for me to take it off his
hands. I was delighted but tried not to look too happy when he asked just
£50 for it! I call that a bargain!
own a new Orange Bass Terror which is 300 watts, an excellent amp to gig with,
very Loud, and i can can actually lift it! I also used a Crush Bass 100 for a
gig last summer, and I want one! I was
surprised how great this combo actually was, I’ve used a hell of a lot of
different combos before and I can honestly say this was the best modern bass
combo I’ve tried. I was expecting to be totally drowned out by the drummer and
the guitar amp but the Crush totally held it’s own. For something
that is pretty small I was totally shocked how loud it was, and the quality of
bass tone. I would totally recommend this amp for small gigs and
If you strip your record collection from the obvious rock ’n’ roll and artists mentioned above, what would remain? Sarah Jane: My taste is actually quite varied and stretches from everything from 1940s blues and classical music to sixties garage and old school hip hop, particularly gangster! Lots of psych such as The Pretty Things, Zombies and Quicksilver Messenger Service to most of the 60’s San Francisco bands, Beach Boys and folk.
Despite ladies like yourself rock ’n’ roll is still very much a man’s world, what’s your experiences as a woman in such a male dominated genre? Sarah Jane: Sadly some males in the industry, in record and music shops are still very intimidated by female musicians, and I’ve heard all the usual stupid and sexist remarks such as ‘You can actually play!’, ‘You play like a man!’, or ‘You’re really good for a girl!’, as well as having to deal with people’s surprised faces when I show my knowledge of guitars, amps or bands I like. I’ve also been ignored by male staff in music stores while they talk to my male partner – I just think it’s a bit sad that those old prejudices and attitudes are still around, maybe they’re scared of being shown up by a girl? Luckily it doesn’t bother me that much, and when it does I’m also lucky to say I’ve been blessed with a good aim and swift right hook, don’t let the bastards grind ya down! That said, most of the time people I meet are very positive about me and the music I play.
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My name is Johnny and I play bass in the ‘Twilight Sad’
I’d been searching for a bass amp, that I’ve really loved for years and years and when I first got hold of the AD200 which was probably about eight years ago or so, that was the first time I had heard an amp and thought “That’s the amp!”
So my bass rig just now is a 2X15 bass cab, with two celestions in it and then the AD200. But I have the OB1-500 just as a backup just now, in America I use two OB1-500’s one’s the main and ones the back up. But I’m thinking of experimenting slightly in using one for my main tone and using the other to switch on for my boost sections.
When I saw Orange were starting to do pedals, I absolutely love pedals! I was like I need to get these and try these immediately because I know they are going to be built like tanks and they are going to be pure. There is like no messing about they are going to do what they are supposed to do. So when I had the Two Stroke it immediately made the Rusty Box redundant. The Orange Two Stroke which I keep on all the time, it just gets the whole tone and crisps everything up and makes everything a lot brighter, everything comes through a lot better.
The first thing I would do to say to any bass player was, if you are looking for a bass amp, go Orange immediately! If you are using anything else right now, probably get rid of it and go Orange because it sounds amazing. It’s just the classic bass tone, I won’t go anywhere else now, that’s what I need thats what I want, its solid, it’s never let me down.
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My name is Michael Karsh, I am the bass player for the band Lawrence.
A big part of our live act is that we really love what we’re doing and we love to have a good time. My role is to just be the low end that can simultaneously compliment a song and elevate it into a place of really high intensity, in your face funk/soul/jazzy fusion kind of stuff.
So currently I’m using the 4-Stroke 500 Watt amplifier and I’m using the OBC410 and it is a true monster and it’s been a lot of fun to play. I very much try to have a sound that’s very rooted in old funk and soul, kinda like the classic Jamerson and Motown sound but I also like to have a bit more edge and punch to bring it into the modern age so I get all of that with the 4-stroke and the 410 and I feel that I’ve never sounded better with it than any other rig and probably that makes me play a little better because I’m just happier with how it sounds.
I definitely subconsciously saw them, (Orange Amps) all throughout my childhood when watching videos of my heroes playing from the 70s. Jimmy Page and Geddy Lee. Just seeing those amplifiers in the back definitely made an imprint on my mind. As I grew up and got more into equipment I would see them kind of along my musical journey pop up in many interesting places. It was like, “Oh, Wolfmother’s got that thing I remember that guy had,” and “Oh, Ler’s from Primus has got three interesting ones on stage that I haven’t seen before.” I just kinda saw them pop up everywhere and always had them in the back of my mind as a cool look and cool sound.
Hearing myself onstage is I feel, like the unspoken battle of the musician. My band personally has 8 people onstage so we’re all battling to hear each other, hear ourselves and there’s this cacophonous noise happening all the time, so honestly the advantage the OBC410 has given me is just clarity. I can dial it in so perfectly that wherever I go, I’m hearing myself exactly as I want to. Just everything is coming out so crystal clear. So the 410 gives me a good balance of midrange and low end that I hadn’t really found anywhere else. Using backline and borrowing gear, playing festivals I’ve played with these massive stacks like two storeys high and every variation. It doesn’t have that same sort of touch and clarity that the 410 has. It’s pretty interesting, I don’t know how that works, I don’t know how you guys did it but yeah, that’s been the biggest benefit by far.
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Grutle has been an endorsed artist with Orange amps for nearly four years now and has been using the AD200 and OBC810 around the world with Metal band ‘Enslaved’. When he heard news the Terror Bass was being relaunched he had to have a go.
Grutle: Good afternoon! This is Grutle Kjellson from Norwegian hard rock band ‘Enslaved’ and I want to talk a bit about this little gift I just got from Orange, it’s a reissue of their Terror Bass. It’s a 500 watt model, it’s a very powerful unit that weighs only about I think it’s a little more than 4 1/2 kilos (10/1 pounds). Which is pretty amazing for such a powerful unit.
It’s very simple, there’s on/off, standby, there’s a volume, treble, middle and bass, and gain. There is a clean and pad switch, the clean switch gives a bit more headroom and the pad switch is a active and passive switch. If you turn this switch down like I have, it’s for active basses and takes some input sensitivity off, about 6dB. There’s of course a balanced output, there’s an effects loop, it’s a very nice portable solution.
It’s a little bit difficult if you travel around a lot like we do. Try to get an AD200 amp onboard, it’s totally impossible it weighs a tonne. This is like not much bigger than a lunchbox, at least not for a guy like me, an ogre!
I’ve had this for a couple of months now and i’m really satisfied with it. Our sound guy actually told me that i’m not allowed to use anything else, so i even use this on tours. So let’s take a listen to it.
This is Phil Shouse with the Rock N Roll Residency, Gene
Simmons band, and the Ace Frehley band.
What does rock mean
It means everything to me. It’s my job, my livelihood and my
lifestyle. Rock isn’t anything without the roll. Anyone can rock but the roll
is the hard part.
Why does Orange work
Orange amps are my favorite amps for rock for a couple of reasons. One, they look great. Two, they are built for it. The amps I play are the Custom Shop 50, the AD30, and the Tiny Terror. Their forte isn’t getting super clean, just clean enough with some hair on it. They take pedals well. With the CS50 you can crank the f*ck out if it, dime it, and then use it as a one channel amp and use your volume knob with it. It’s the best amp I’ve found for doing that.
What do you like
about the CS50 in particular?
What I like about the CS50 in particular is that it has 6 knobs. When I look at an amp and it has 37 knobs on the front I think ‘I’m not going to use 30 of those.’ You don’t really need that many. When you know how to set an amp correctly, like this one with a single channel, you don’t need more than one channel, you don’t need any pedals. You can use the guitar for boosting and solos so I prefer a one channel amp over a two channel amp.
What settings do you
use on the CS50?
I’m going to set the gain kind of low and the volume high.
The gain acts as a volume knob so I like to get the volume loud and then move
the gain down from there as needed. I normally like the presence past 3 o’clock
and then put the EQ on 12 o’clock. Since it’s an Orange cabinet I’ll turn the
bass down and then add back in some more mid and treble. That way when my
guitar is at 5 for rhythm and when I dime it it’s gonna have plenty of bite and
cut through the mix.
What bands do you
like that use Orange?
One of my favorite bands that uses Orange amps is SLEEP. If we’re gonna talk about Matt Pike and SLEEP I’m gonna need way more weed. Can you make that happen? Other bands I like that use Orange are Blackberry Smoke and the Raelyn Nelson Band.
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