A little while back, I posted Peter Koppes’ board from the Church, and I talked about my interest in the band. They’re a fantastic band from Australia with massive discography that always surprises people when I tell them how many albums they have. Early on in my guitar life, there were a few guitarists that I would follow – primarily post-punk type guitarists, but the Church’s Marty Willson Piper was one of those guitarists. I even followed his solo work – a fantastic guitarist and vocalist, with that ‘rock star’ vibe about him, but not pretentious, if you know what I mean. He’s been with the band forever, and I was surprised that he was no longer with the band and was replaced by Ian Haug.
Talking to Tim Grime, the photographer that provided these photos, I mentioned that I wish Marty was still in the band, but I said that without giving Ian a chance at all. In fact, I didn’t hear him play at all.. and that was a pretty shitty thing for me to say. Tim, said “Ian is a great replacement. He brings his style into the songs without overpowering them with his signature.” So with that said, I started to listen, and he was right. Ian sounds great, and works extremely well with the chemistry of the band. He has big shoes to fill, and to convince people like me, who didn’t even give him a chance. This has started to open my eyes elsewhere. For example, I’m a huge Peter Hook fan (Joy Division / ex-New Order), and New Order just released a new single, and I remember catching myself saying – “No Peter Hook.. No New Order”. Well, that’s not how I should think. I’ll give New Order a chance.
So today, I wanted to breakdown Ian Haug’s board, and if you’re long time Church fan like myself, definitely give Ian a shot, he’s nailing it.
As you can see, there are a couple of pedals that I need help identifying! If you can help, please let me know by commenting below. Also, let me know what you think of the Church! Love to hear your thoughts about the band. Thanks everyone!
Also, I would again like to thank Tim Grime Photography for the use of these great images!