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Pics of indie bands' pedalboards, guitars, amps, etc.

Post by younglungs85 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:16 pm

I run sound at a venue and recently started a photo blog documenting bands' gear as they come through.

(some of the bands - No Age, Melvins, The War on Drugs, This Will Destroy You, Man or Astroman?)

Check it out if you're interested:
http://OtherBandsStuff.com

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Post by mjau » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:37 pm

Great idea!

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Post by BrontoSoreAss » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:34 pm

just killed half an hour - fun blog. I will revisit.

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Post by death by chandelier » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:59 pm

Like very much. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by vvv » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:49 pm

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Post by calaverasgrandes » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:53 pm

I was at an art show last year and a band was setting up. My sister asked if I wanted to hang around for the band.
I said, based on the gear they had, no.
My sister said I was crazy to think I could judge what a band was going to sound like based on their gear.
I said, well, Kaos pads and MicroKorgs indicate trendy shallow bands that suck to me. It's possible for good bands to use this kind of gear. But usually they dont.
??????? wrote: "everything sounds best right before it blows up."

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Post by Snarl 12/8 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:15 pm

The last gig I played, years ago, we opened for a "punk rock" band. They had beautiful, sparkling $5,000 guitars, "like new" looking Dumble amps, boutique wahs and shit. I told my wife that I didn't know what kind of music they were playing, but it couldn't really be punk on gear like that. They sounded, to my ears, like a caricature of 80's punk. They sounded like a "punk rock" preset on a band simulator. But maybe my ears had preconceived notions based on what my eyes were seeing.
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Post by calaverasgrandes » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:17 pm

wait, were you in LA?
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Post by vvv » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:41 pm

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Post by kslight » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:37 pm

I'm surprised how many people just throw their shit on the ground for every gig...regardless of how good or crappy their gear is... Like I realize pedal boards cost money...and make you look all corporate... But okay I have a solution for you!

1. Go to Goodwill (or dumpster dive if you prefer), find some ugly sturdy piece of wood/other that is of sufficient size to fit your pedals (and more).

2. Paint it black (or whatever).

3. Cut out some Care Bears from placemats (also found at Goodwill).

4. Glue them to your board, cutting them open a bit so they are spilling their guts if they had them.

5. Take hot glue to the Care Bears guts and in random places on the board.

6. Paint the hot glue red!

7. Drive a couple nails into the corner of your board.

8. Hang a power strip there.

9. Put some velcro on the board and on the backs of your pedals.

10. Hook it all together with a 1 Spot and some short cables.

11. Use excess velcro on the base of various zombie action figures.

12. Instant pedal board!


Or really, you know, you could skip a whole lot of that if you don't want to end up with my pedal board.

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Post by winky dinglehoffer » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:49 pm

The TU-2 is ubiquitous.

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Post by vivalastblues » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:02 pm

The more pedals a band has, the less likely I am to like them. Fuck pedal fetish.

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Post by chris harris » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:10 am

FIRST OF ALL....
This blog is awesome! Thanks! Love the pics!

Regarding the other comments:
It's funny... the kind of people who are fucking around with KAOS pads and MicroKorgs and guitar pedals, and who maybe don't have a pedal board because they're constantly changing their signal path, are EXACTLY the kind of readers/participants who helped get this magazine and message board going during the early years. Maybe the decline in participation here has something to do with those people not feeling very welcome here anymore. It's just my opinion, but it feels like the board used to be frequented by people with more interesting/adventurous taste in music, and a more open mind regarding music as art.

I'm not looking to debate anyone about their taste in music. To each their own. I merely wanted to point out that there is a whole segment of readers/forum participants who maybe feel unwelcome here. There's always been lame dogma with how people perceive and enjoy music. But, there's more of it here, now, than I ever remember seeing on the board.

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Post by calaverasgrandes » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:28 am

There are two kind of musicians that use unusual gear. There are the ones that are doing it because they have adventurous tastes. Then there are the ones that are just hopping on the latest trend.
Some folks are not satisfied with how their gear sounds, because it doesn't give them the soudns they hear in their head. So they modify their gear electronically. Adding switches for different frequency cutoff points or inductors. Then there are the "followers" that buy modded gear on ebay, because that is the cool thing now.
and for the record, I make some of the most off the wall music out there. I am far from a "conservative".
??????? wrote: "everything sounds best right before it blows up."

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Post by top_ape » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:25 am

Judging anyone by their gear is silly and closed-minded and only really serves to limit your experience. Very handy for insecure people too afraid to delve too deeply into their experiences though.

Putting on some uniform (which could be spraypainted pedals or Dumble amps or anything really) to try to fit in is just about as pointless and serves a similar insecurity.

Sitting here judging either of them... jeez don't we have anything better to do?

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