Pre-Production for a summer of festivals
Kicking off this weekend with BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, the band are on fine form and gearing up for a busy summer.
It was the first time the band have had all three rigs in one place at one time prepping before heading their own directions for the summer. We headed down to make sure everything was in fine working order and also a few cosmetic alterations to the current rigs.
Bass wise James Johnston has gone from having an ABM-900 or two with an 810 or two with a few pedals to today where he is powering an on and off stage rig; The on stage rig is still fairly straight forward running one ABM-600-RC-EVO IV and 1 x ABM-810 with the Dirty (FX) signal and another ABM-600-RC-EVO IV running another 810 with the clean signal fed from an Avalon Di. The off stage set up is a little more complicated; James runs a couple of Valve amps across the rigs including a few CTM-300’s and Little Bastards these are fed with the same signals, Dirty and Clean that run two individual cabs one being a 1 x 15 and the other being a 1 x 12. These are mic’d and mixed with a blend of the Di’s for the front of house sound. James also runs a liquid foot system with his pedals including a James LoMenzo hyper drive and a few others for various different effects through out the set. Then we move on to the basses, James has a lovely mix of Fenders and Gibson’s in various different tunings to suit the set list what ever it might be that night.