A while back, I saw a tweet by @WalrusAudio mentioning that a Oklahoma band just got a gig opening up for Radiohead’s tour. That band was Other Lives. I’m always on the hunt for new music, and to secure a opening slot for a major band like Radiohead is a pretty worthy achievement for sure, so I wanted to learn more. The first video I saw was For 12 (from their Tamer Animals album), and from that moment on, I was sold and hooked on Other Lives.
It’s extremely hard to pin down exactly *why* I like that band. I know friends that give ’em a shrug, but for me there is something incredibly special that I connect with. I’m definitely a fan of atmosphere, and wanting to connect on a emotional level with music, so that could be it. But I also feel it could be related to the orchestration. Each little sound has it’s place, and you can tell, it was thoughtfullyÂ placed. I’m not sure. All, I know, is that I like this band very much.
About a month ago, I was super excited to hear that the band was planning on playing in my home town which was completely surprising. A chance to see this band in a very intimate and small venue – wow! So the other night, I got to witness this band live. Going in, I had super high expectations, but these expectations where blown away with what I saw. This band is simply amazing live. I had NO idea how much work they put into reproducing the album on a live stage.
The band is a 5 piece, and some of the members would play multiple instruments during each song. Jonathon Mooney in particular would play guitar, trumpet, violin, keyboard and xylophone. Crazy. So today’s pedalboard break down, I wanted to feature Jonathon Mooney. His guitar work was really great. He plays a Fender Telecaster through some type of Fender tweed combo (not sure what exactly) – and the tone was exceptional.
Boss TU-2 Tuner
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb
Boss DS-1 (Keeley Mod)
Walrus Audio Voyager Overdrive
Tech 21 – NYC – Midi Moose
The Tech 21 seems to beÂ a big part of what he was doing. It appeared to be tied in with a Mac and doing loops with some of his instruments.Â Guitar tones were a mix of strong single note runs, as well as a fast strumming single notes with ethereal reverb. I was eating it all up.
For those of you interested in the video I originally saw – here is For 12. If you get a chance, please catch them on this tour.. you’ll be glad you did.
10 years ago
What is the signal order on his board? Does he really have the distortion and overdrive after the cathedral verb?Reply
10 years ago
I don’t get the ‘rule’ about dirt before modulation… I think distortion sounds amazing after reverb/delay for soundscape stuff – see: Sigur Ros soaring, epic bowed guitar – admitedly it’s a cranked valve amp sound, but still.. technically it is distortion after delay/reverb.
These guys sound great by the way – thanks for the heads up 🙂Reply
10 years ago
im planning on picking up the same cathedral verb he uses so Ill have to experiment with signal order as well. thanks for the idea i never really thought of using distortion that wayReply