• Airbag performing White Walls

    Allow me some self indulgence… :) This is a clip of my band, Airbag, performing White Walls from our upcoming album All Rights Removed that’s due October 17. The clip is recorded live with a handful iPhones in our rehearsal studio.

    This is perhaps one of our most Floydish songs and I thought it would be cool just to go all the way with an Animals/Wall inspired tone. The opening and main vocal sections are done with a ThroBak Overdrive Boost, Deluxe Electric Mistress and Boss DD2 delay. I think this is pretty close to what I use for stuff like Shine On (live 1977), Dogs rhythms and some of clean stuff on Wall. Just love David’s live tones from that era with the Mistress and Yamaha making it all watery and swirly. The ThroBak is set for a clean tone just above unity level. It’s very subtle but just enough to add a bit more bite.

    For the solo I’m adding an Electronic Orange Pig Hoof. This is a ram’s head clone with a slightly warmer and more saturated tone than the average ram’s head (see my review here). Together with the ThroBak clean boost and the Mistress this is about as close as I can get to David’s amazing Wall live 1980-81 tones on songs like Mother, Hey You and Comfortably Numb. I’m using my DG inspired CIJ Strat, currently with TTS Crazy Diamond pickups (see my review here) and the Reeves Custom 50 with my old Sound City 4×12″ speaker cab loaded with Weber Thames 80w speakers.

    Settings
    – Guitar pickups: 4th position (bridge/middle) on intro and vocals and the bridge pickup for the solo.
    – Amp: linked input (guitar plugged into upper bright), normal 1:00, bright 1:00, bass 50%, middle 40%, treble 40%, presence 75%, master slightly above 8:00.
    – Pig Hoof: volume 12:00, tone 10:30, sustain 11:30
    – ThroBak Overdrive Boost: silicon mode, pre-gain off, gain 2:00, bass 1:00, treble 11:00, master 1:00
    – EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress: color 10:00, range off, rate 10:00
    – Boss DD2: level 2:00 (intro)/ 11:00 (solo), feedback 1:00, time 2:00 (aprox), mode 800ms

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54 Responsesso far.

  1. Ryan MInce says:

    You guys are fantastic! The sound is tight, the dynamics are good (albeit hard to really dial in when you’re playing in a small room such as that). I’ve been playing about 27 years, in and out of bands, mostly as a hobby, and I have to say that I am impressed with the feel with which you play. You truly to take your influences (Gilmour being the most obvious) and filter them through your own brain to create a wonderful sound (I, too, am a huge Gilmour fan). Tone, phrasing, and note choice are all spot on for the feel of the song. Good luck to you and the rest of your band. Even if you don’t reach the heights of stardom, the most important thing is how it makes you feel to play and perform. I remember it feeling like a drug; like the most amazing feeling in the world. Cheers!

    –Ryan, Maryland, USA

  2. David A says:

    Hi bjorn, thanks to this sight I have become a huge airbag fan, I am loving the chemistry the band has. I can the influnence of pf but airbag has its own sound, keep it up, David A (Australia)

  3. Tom says:

    Thank you Bjorn for the reply :)

    Wow! …you know I never in a million years would’ve guessed that the outro solo you used a Pod x3 & got such a KILLER tone out of it :). Well, it should be said that as you’ve pointed out you it was a combination of the Reeves amp & the DG20 mainly. And of course, it makes perfect sense now :)) the layering of the Leslie on top even at a low level is definitely noticeable & adds a subtle but otherwise obviously lovely effect. Which feature of the Pod x3 did you actually use in the end ? I myself have a Line 6 Spider Valve 2×12 combo amp which is 40 tube watts combined with the Line 6 modelling. It’s very versatile & the only (partially) digital amp I’ve heard that has a truly nice tube tone, not the sterile processed sound like most others, especially on the cleans.

    To be honest mate, this album of yours in particular the track Homesick, has been SO inspiring for me, I can’t say enough and I’d like to send a huge thank you to yourself and the band for creating a true gem in today’s music! I speak from the heart, and it will be one of those pieces of musical art that’ll never get old for me or be tired of listening to it ;)
    For me, Airbag will remain a joy to listen to an inspiration for a lifetime !

    Cheers mate & hold onto that magic ! :)

    [Thanks a lot Tom! Means a lot :) I think I used a Mesa Boogie Rectifier amp sim and the Tube Driver for some crunch :) – Bjorn]

  4. Tom says:

    Hi there Bjorn,

    Let me firstly say that White Walls is an amazingly well orchestrated track and your solo on it clearly stands out as perhaps the very best on this album… Actually, the question I have is regarding my personally favourite track, Homesick… In particular about the outro solo right after the synthesiser break, you play an amazingly soulful solo, the tone you’ve got going on there to my ears sounds so fat, rich & full ! Would you have used the Pig Hoof on that one too or a combination of that & the Throbak booster ? It just sounds so darn punchy & pretty much perfect to my ears :) … Also, would it be possible to achieve this kind of tone using the Buffalo fx
    Patriot ?

    Many thanks for the help Bjorn!
    Btw, the new album is great, been listening to it a lot! :)
    Cheers!

    [Hi Tom! Thanks for your kind words! The first solo, during part 2 with the bass riff, was recorded with a Strat > Big Muff ram’s head into a split between a Reeves Custom 50 and Leslie 760. The second solo, that starts on the keyboard/organ part, was recorded with a Strat loaded with EMG DG20 itno a line 6 POD X3. I often record cleans and milder overdrives that way. A good tube pre-amp and compression makes the tone really fat and smooth. I also duplicated the track and put a Leslie simulator on one and mixed in very low. It adds a nice dimension to the tone. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  5. Kenny Green says:

    very inspirational, exceptional tones, thank you for sharing all the pedals and settings. Do you have the Tab for this (and all) your songs posted anywhere for download or purchase? Cheers!

    [Thanks! All our three albums are available on iTunes and all major online stores. You can also order CDs and LPs from our web store. – Bjorn]

  6. dave says:

    hi – love the clip – heard a track of yours off an album a while ago…track was called something like “the voices in my head” ? – loved it, and sthe solo was immense – but looking all over the web the only Airbag I find is a Spanish rock band also called airbag !! – did u know they exist? They also have a fantastic guitarist, but they are not you!!
    can you please tell me which album that track above was on and how I can download or buy a cd in the UK for both that album and your others? very much appreciated , thanks.

    [Hi Dave! Yeah, there are several bands called Airbag but none of us are remotely the same as the other :) I think the song was called Speed of Light. It’s from an EP we did in 2006 but it’s no longer available. Sorry. You can find our two albums Identity and All Rights Removed (CD/LP) on Play, Amazon, HMV and Burning Shed. Thanks a lot for your support! – Bjorn]

  7. James says:

    1st of all… I am so glad that i invested my money to such a GREAT album…
    GREAT GREAT work… Just the piece of music i’m in love with…
    Sweet Vocals…
    and Guitar Tone as expected by the “Gilmourish” Bjorn…
    Amazing…

    Could u please tell me the chords u’ve been playing on White Walls and on Colors?

    Keep creating extraordinary piece of music…!
    Thank You…

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words, James! Glad you enjoy our music :) Here are the chords…
    White Walls: Em9 D C9, Am Fmaj
    Colours: Am G Fmaj, D Fmaj
    – Bjorn]

  8. Duke says:

    Your sound is all your own yet it has the essence of Gilmour encompassing it to expand in to new tones and bends, hammer-ons, and the whole fretboard to become an extention of what Airbag is becoming more and more through each album. Can’t wait for the next album to come out !

    [Thank you Duke! – Bjorn]

  9. Chris says:

    The one thing that hinders us Gilmour fans…where do we go from here, how do we utilize this great influence, and tone, while doing it justice? You have done just that, well done! The influence is obviously there, yet very original to your own sound!

    [Thanks Chris! – Bjorn]

  10. Pau says:

    Beautiful song and great playing of all the musicians. Precious sound. You have your own sound.
    Thanks for sharing it!

    [Thank you! – Bjorn]

  11. Andy Thomas says:

    Awesome man. The tone and your solos are so sweet!! Followed your site oir a few years but for some reason never listened to any airbag. Excellent band, very Floyd! I’ll send you a pic of my board soon including G2,P1, tube driver and of course the DG strat! Man I can’t get over your tone!!!!

    Andy

    [Thanks Andy! Glad you like our music :) – Bjorn]

  12. Vangelis says:

    Oh man… You Norsemen know how to rock…
    Simply awsome! With Madrugada and Midnight Choir, I can add Airbag to my three favorite (non-English) European bands!

    p.s. My friend Bjorn, what a BRAIN-DAMAGING TONE is this!
    p.s.2 Go on!

    Greetings from (almost!) bankcrupted Greece…

    [Thanks Vangelis! – Bjorn]

  13. Gary Hembling says:

    Amazing tone, love the solos. As already mentioned I can definitely hear some Steve Rothery/Marillion in there which I think is down to the great blend between Synth and Guitar. Gonna have to check out the Pig Hoof now! All the best, Gary.

    [Thanks Gary! – Bjorn]

  14. Greg Roberts says:

    Exactly the type of song I love to play over, and the notes and melody and tone I adore. Why I love Gilmour, and why I love Bjorn Riis.

    [He he! Thanks Greg! – Bjorn]

  15. ruodi says:

    Pink Floyd meets A-HA meets Marillion! ;-)

  16. Javier says:

    Absolutely amazing!!! Tone, timing, feeling… incredible!!!
    THANK YOU for this site and all of your hard work.
    Greetings from Colombia, South America

    [Thank you Javier :) – Bjorn]

  17. bernhard says:

    I gladly second a comment from above, floydish, but very air-bagish at the same time. killer tone! great, great work! looking forward to the release!

    cheers, bernhard

    [Thank you! – Bjorn]

  18. Sascha says:

    White Walls is awesome, guitar is on the edge of being a little too dominant for the song, maybe could have used some more vocals but still – awesome song and performance.

    You guys are sounding more and more unique and like yourself, love it. Please come to Germany for some shows!!

    Björn if you don’t mind, please give me a hint on how to get that awesome delay with my shabby Ibanez DE7 lol. Great tone as usual but I really dig that beautiful riff with the dealy, very tasty.

    Keep it going and thanks for sharing!

    [Thank you! I don’t have the DE7 anymore so I’m not sure about the settings but you hear the time on the clip. It’s about 500ms. Set the feedback and level fairly high and I’d use the echo/analog mode. – Bjorn]

  19. Lim says:

    I have all your Airbag songs from the earlier website downloads. It’s sitting in my iPod connected to my car stereo which I blast out loud from time to time. It’s especially enjoyable when doing the car washing with your guitar solo to liven up those boring chores!!! Hahaha!!

    Anyway, can’t wait for this new album to come out!!! Only problem is I can’t download from iTunes Malaysia. But it’s all ok I’ll be waiting for the CD anyway.

    Keep rocking!!

    [Thank you Lim! – Bjorn]

  20. Greg from California says:

    Bjorn,

    Pink Floyd has been my #1 Passion for 30 years. David Gilmour – my Guitar God (my wife calls it a ‘bromance’ …okay, fine, I accept that…!) Anyway, your website is my Go-to encyclopedia for Gilmour gear and the lighted path for new ‘tips and toys’ to enhance my play (2 year beginner) – I look forward to the day when I can play anywhere close to as well as you do… Thank you!!!!

    “White Walls” – WOW! In following what Dave wrote above; I believe David Gilmour would say something like, “I wish that I had created this song!” or, “I truly believe this tune would have come to me and I would have created it myself.” – You and AIRBAG nailed the classic & pure Floyd/Gilmour soundscape! You guys have the sound – you have the presence!! I heard flavors from Dark Side; Animals; The Wall; Gilmour’s first solo album and beyond – I hope your album contains more songs like this – I can’t wait!

    You can count on me to spread the news of GILMOURISH.COM and AIRBAG to all my Floyd Friends…!

    Greg

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words and support Greg! – Bjorn]

  21. Bigsby says:

    Finally! A high-quality video of the Reeves Custom 50. You should definitely upload as many of these as you can as they are severely lacking online.

    Your tone is absolutely amazing. I’ve been on the fence about the Reeves for a while but this video put all my fears to rest. I really want to check them out now and I might take the plunge and pick one up.

    How heavy can you get the Reeves? It isn’t an amp I’d be using for metal but sometimes I like to blast through heavy Muse riffs and Radiohead stuff (riff in “Paranoid Android” for example) and was wondering if I can have that sort of fun with the Reeves (I have the appropriate pedals such as the Zvex Fuzz Factory). Thank you again! Keep those videos coming!!

    [Thanks! The Reeves is fully capable of producing really heavy tube distortion and I think you’d have no problem replicating Johnny’s Shredmaster tones from OK Computer. It’s a versatile amp that stands well on its own and with pedals. – Bjorn]

  22. Dave says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    You guys should be very proud of that song. I’m very picky, particular and accomplished with the Gilmour stuff and to me, half way through it I had my eyes closed and was just listening. Great guitar tone, but the thing that sticks out for me is note choice, feel and timing.

    I couldn’t help thinking that if Mr Gilmour played to that track, what you played, and what he played, wouldn’t be that different.

    That’s the most impressed I’ve been in years. Can’t wait for the new album.

    Best regards,

    Dave

    [Thanks a lot Dave! – Bjorn]

  23. Kit Rae says:

    Great song and playing, Bjorn. Can’t wait to hear the whole album!

    [Thank you Kit! – Bjorn]

  24. Hp. says:

    Big respect to you Bjorn and the Band! Beautiful Song, arrangement and melody………
    Just bought and downloaded Homesick Pt.I, i like it too, its very well recorded, mixed and arranged and with the different rhythm parts/changes/breaks going on through the song it really becomes a lively colorful musical Journey while listening:……. Hard to wait now for part II-III and the Cd release :-P….

    I have a question you may can help me Bjorn:
    i own a new 2009 American Std Strat with Maple Fingerboard since a half year, everything is stock at the moment. The problem is the Guitar sounds basically very good, but everything is a bit on the bright side, which means the high frequencies are very dominant, i wish a bit more bottom and a bit less harsh highs. Or is it normal that i need to turn down very much the treble on my Cub 12R. I changed the speaker from a Vintage 30 to a G12 T75 which i had lying around anyway, this speaker is a bit more mellow in tone than the previous , but its still a bit to harsh for my taste.
    You alwyas have a nice mellowish round tone in your review videoclips, do you have the guitar tonecontrols always on 10 or do you turn them down a bit too to reduce high frequencies?
    Do you recommend for this problem for example a change to a callaham tremoloblock and saddles, or is this not the first direction to go? Or should i just play my guitar with always turned down tone control to 7 ??
    Strangely the problem exists on the neck Pickup too, nice Bass but very thin harsh high frequencies, i adjusted the height of the PU but didnt changed much…….do you have an idea which way to go first? Pickup change or…….
    Or are some parts of todays Fender Strats just “crap” which make them sound thin????? I mean i choosed this guitar out of many at the same shop, because it had the best sound there, and it was a white colored one, not red or black, no,intentionally the white one was it……..
    Do you know what sort of tonecap you use? Is it a 0.22 or a 0.47 one??
    Because mine have a 0.22 and is maybe a bit trebly too.

    I wish you and Airbag all good things with your new Cd………
    Greetings Hp.

    [Thanks for your kind words! Glad you liked the new single! The Cub should be able to give you warm smooth tones so given that you use fairly moderate settings I’d look at the guitar. The Standard’s pickups are a bit bright and can be hard to tame towards a classic Gilmour tone. I think that replacing these with Fender CS69s, Texas Special or Duncan SSL1 would improve the tone. My favourite setup is 69s in the neck and middle and a Duncan SSL5 in the bridge. This gives you fat lower end and crisp top and a bit more bit in the bridge. Check out the TTS Crazy Diamond set that I recently reviewed. Effect settings are also crucial and bedroom playing and low levels require different settings that what David might use on a big stage. I always roll down the tone/treble on the gain pedals a bit more and rarely use EQ or compressors. Experiment with different setups and settings and see if that makes a difference but my best tip is to consider new pickups. – Bjorn]

  25. ray says:

    Nice Bjorn. I’d definitely say this tune tops my lisst of AB tunes thus far. Very tasteful solo work as well. Thanks for posting it.

    [Thanks Ray! – Bjorn]

  26. Bailey says:

    Ha bjorn

    One more qustion, on your song the bridge
    what are the opining chords .Also you shude put
    up on your part of the site a song by song of
    what pedels,pickup, exedra from both aribag cd’s

    Thank from the states
    bailey

    [It’s Am Fmaj with some 7s and 9s in there… I’m not very good with chords etc. – Bjorn]

  27. Gasty says:

    Thanks for share Bjorn!, So, you know about settings, do you use same settings to equalize you guitar? (treble, midle, bass)
    Thanks!!!

    [Thanks! Not sure what you mean…? That’s the amp settings I’m usually using. I’m never using EQ pedals. – Bjorn]

  28. Ruudpp says:

    Great song Bjorn and also my favorite gilmour tone.
    Good to see you guys creating your own music and sound with respect to your heroes. Your sound and playing is very good but I really like the whole band.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  29. Vadim says:

    The coolest song, sound, and of course solo guitar in the hands of the Master! Bjorn opening riff is great, and thus achieving a sense of univibe tone, as in Breathe? Are only capable of such a Mistress? Bjorn, you’re playing solo in Em pentatonic? Listening to you, and Gilmour, I have so far unknown how born this smooth creamy distortion. This sound is magic!
    Thank you!
    Vadim.

    [Thanks! It sounds perhaps a bit UniVibe-ish on the clip but it’s definitely the sound of the Mistress flanger. A phaser or UniVibe would be too dark and “wobbly”. – Bjorn]

  30. In my humble opinion the song is very “Airbag-ish” too! I would recognize the sound of the band miles away! I think that’s the best any could say about a band!

    Congratulations! Maybe we could trade our albuns! lol
    Can’t wait to get one!

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words! Looking forward to hear you album too! – Bjorn]

  31. thorbs says:

    Very nice, dare I say that there is a nod towards Steve Rothery (Marillion) in your phrasing/tone as well (it’s a compliment). I’ve been toying with modellers and complex pedalboards but it seems the basic setups always work, three/four pedals and a guitar/amp you like.

    [Thanks! Steve is definitely a guitarist I admire. – Bjorn]

  32. Toni says:

    Great! It really sounds Pink Floydish, which obviously is something good!
    How come do you get that amazing sound in a band live rehearsal recording which just a handful of iphones scattered all around without mics on the amps or a recording mix?
    I’ve enjoyed the whole song, but I’d like to outstand the beatiful keyboard work (what a hammond!) and no need to mention the amazing tone of your guitar. Your solo has certain bends which really thrill. Congratulations from Barcelona!

    [Thank you Toni! We spent some time finding the right volume and placement for the phones and it worked remarkably well. What you hear is just the sound in the room. Jorgen’s playing a Hammond M100 I think. – Bjorn]

  33. Thefatcyclist says:

    Glorious Bjorn.
    TFC

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  34. Bender Rodriguez says:

    (sorry for the english… should call me Sitting Bull:-))

    Great song, and great tone from the guitar. I think that the voice should be a bit louder. I liked specially the last part starting with the bass line and keyboard at 4:00
    Listening the song comes to me a image (and sound): what about 3 or 4 girls doing a chorus?? :-)

    Greetings from Compostela, you´re invited to come here.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  35. Brian says:

    Fantastic tones! Great tune, too. Of course I hear the Floyd influence, but it doesn’t beat me over the head…you guys definitely have your own thing going there. Nice job!

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  36. Rob Spence says:

    Beautiful song and very tasteful guitar work. Great tone!
    Rob

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  37. Paul says:

    You guys rock!

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  38. Robert Farrer says:

    apologies it was homesick from a while back not homecoming :)

    [:-) – Bjorn]

  39. Ernest says:

    Nice video Bjorn!
    I like the song.
    And last but not least: beautifull guitar playing and sound!

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  40. Bailey says:

    Ha Bjorn grate sound, vare drenched in flang grate.

    When did you swichpickups and do you perfer
    them over the old set. I lick the the old set but i gess
    its prefrens.a bet more bit.

    Thank from the states.
    bailey

    [I’m trying different stuff all the time. There’s not a big difference between the Fender CS69 + Duncal SSL5 and the TTS. The TTS has a bit more presence perhaps. – Bjorn]

  41. xvince1 says:

    wonderfull submarines tones, as usual… Hope to see you one day in France guys.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  42. Robert Farrer says:

    yeah mind blowing tone. that song i think has raised the bar here, if im right is you first single ( homecoming ? ) a song that you had done a few years ago ( think it was in 3 parts if im not mistaken ).

    Another quick thing on your delay settings, your level and feedback settings are alot more aggresive than my dd7 ( mines are at 09:30 ). if i was to use similar settings to yours i would just get swamped in delay ( practice in the room ) is this simply due to you being in a band enviroment that they need to be more aggressive. the rest of the settings are the same time and 800ms setting .

    [I don’t think the DD2 settings apply to the DD7. You might have to adjust that. I’m also using a quite loud repeat on this song as an effect… it’s not what I usually use. – Bjorn]

  43. Shane says:

    Nice, I like the out solo a lot. It seems to build to a certin point and then hang there. I kept expecting it to go in another direction but because it didn’t I just kept getting pulled in further. Thank you for sharing.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  44. Marc says:

    A quick question. How influential is the 4×12 cab to the overall tone in this particular chain? Would you have gotten the same sound using a 2×12?

    [The Reeves I have is a 50w so a 2×12 will do fine but I feel the 4×12 produce a bigger and fuller sound. It’s not that louder… just bigger. The size of the cabinet also plays a role allowing the tone to breathe a bit more. – Bjorn]

  45. Nate says:

    Fantastic tone on the solos. Really incredible :-D

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  46. Demetris says:

    Very well done guys!!

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  47. Chris says:

    Absolutely GREAT…does sound like Floyd but I can still hear some original ideas in there. Your tone is fantastic. Can’t wait for the new album…Identity will be hard to beat for me personally but if this this song is any indication to the rest of the album then I’m blown away.

    [Thank you Chris! – Bjorn]

  48. Eric Nyberg says:

    Can’t wait for All Rights Removed Bjorn. Do you prefer writing music first or lyrics?

    [The music often comes first but I always have notebooks and napkins with scribbles :) – Bjorn]

  49. lukas says:

    Well, i have to say you really naild the live Wall tour tone. I think if I will listen to album a find the tone even more wall – ish. And what is the reason you didnt used compressor. I know the tone was perfect, i just wanna know the reason.
    P.S. You guys doing absolutly fantastic job, especially you Bjorn.

    [Thank you Lukas. I rarely use compression. Sometimes on cleans and milder overdrives you I do a lot of picking and stuff but the tube amp especially adds a nice compression to the tone. Also, adding a compression to a Muff+booster setup results in a lot of noise… – Bjorn]

  50. Guy says:

    Love it.
    You guys need to come to kansas city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [We hope to visit the States one day :) – Bjorn]

  51. Marc says:

    Very very cool! Your review of the TTS pups inspired me to pick up a set. I’m still in the process of dialing in the correct heights, but I must say they are awesome pups (and … I’m a lefty as well!!!). I have some of the other pieces you use in the video, but I think I have some more work to do before I can cop these types of tones.
    Great job, and looking forward to your recording release.

    [Thanks! The TTS are great! – Bjorn]

  52. Patrick Archambault says:

    Awesome song Bjorn and i really like your tone !
    Regards from Montréal, Canada

    [Thank you Patrick! – Bjorn]

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