Debut solo album out this fall!

May 16th 2014 | Posted in Airbag Miscellaneous News | 33 Comments

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I will be releasing my first solo album, Lullabies in a Car Crash, this coming fall. The album will be out on Karisma Records, the same label as my band, Airbag. It’s been a rewarding journey where I’ve been able to really do it my way, a both freeing and frightening experience!

Lullabies in a Car Crash is not a huge departure from the Airbag sound or format but rather a chance for me to explore different directions and musical ground that might not have fit the band. I’m truly proud of the album – the songs and all the guitars we’ve recorded. It’s a very personal album, dealing with topics that are important to me but the music also reflects many of my influences, both in terms of song writing and guitars.

I usually don’t talk much about my self here on the site but I know many of you are fans of Airbag and follow me as a guitarist and not just a fellow Gilmour enthusiast. I’ll start mixing the album next week together with long-time Airbag collaborator, Vegard Sleipnes. You can follow the process on MY FACEBOOK PAGE (please give it a Like if you haven’t already). I’ll share notes, pictures, rig run-downs and a snippet or two. See you there!

- Bjørn

The Buyer’s Gear Guide 2014

May 10th 2014 | Posted in News Reviews | Comments Closed

The Buyer's Gear Guide - David Gilmour

At last! The brand new buyer’s gear guide is here! It’s loaded with new items – some new and some old classics. Whether you’re an experienced musician or just playing in your bedroom, you’ll find all you need for creating your tones and expanding your rig right here! As always, the guides are packed with tone tips, troubleshooting and setup recommendations!

New this time are the DELAY and ESSENTIALS guides. The BIG MUFF guide has been updated with six new models, including the Skreddy P19 and Wampler Velvet Fuzz and the OVERDRIVE AND DISTORTION feature five new models, including the Buffalo FX Powerbooster and EHX Soul Food. Be sure to check out the FUZZ, UNI-VIBE and MODULATION for updates as well.

Each guide has a comments field at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to post your comments about the guides and share your experience, tips and gear recommendations with us!

Head on over to the Buyer’s Gear Guides now!

Buffalo FX Patriot review

April 21st 2014 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 43 Comments

Buffalo FX Patriot review

David Gilmour’s tones on the 1994 Division Bell tour are many fans’ favourite and not least the huge, smooth sounding distortion on songs like Sorrow and Comfortably Numb. Many have tried to create a pedal that’ll produce the same wall of sound and the latest addition is the Patriot from Buffalo FX. Here’s my review.

Of course, the pedal we’re talking about, the one David used back in ’94, is the so-called Civil War Big Muff. The pedal was the first generation of the Sovtek Big Muffs. A company started by Electro Harmonix founder and Big Muff inventor Mike Matthews after he’d started the production in Russia in the early 90s. The Civil War Muff is known for its huge tone, with lots of gain, a hint of mid range and silky smooth sustain.

I did a review of Buffalo’s Ram’s Head NOS BC239c about a year ago and I’ve been hooked on their pedals ever since. They seem to have figured out how to make good sounding clones and what it takes to make them fit modern gear, without compromising the original tone and mojo. The Patriot is no exception and there’s really no other word than “huge” that comes to mind when I’m trying to describe the pedal.

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Ben Watt with David Gilmour!

April 9th 2014 | Posted in David's Gear Miscellaneous News | 23 Comments

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Ben Watt, perhaps best known from 90s trip-hop duo Everything But The Girl, will release his new solo album, Hendra, on April 29 and joining him on the track The Levels, are none other than David Gilmour! Watt recently released a clip, featuring David, performing a stripped down version of the song.

According to Watt, he and David met by chance in London just recently: “We didn’t know each other. He invited me to hear his demos. I thought he was joking, but two days later he texted me and invited me down to his studio and we got on well. During my album, The Levels seemed like a perfect track for him. I rang him up and he loved the song and he did it the same weekend. Wish everything was that simple sometimes!”

The clip is filmed in David’s new recording studio located in Hove, just outside Brighton. The room is packed with some familiar amps and guitars and some new and interesting stuff as well. David’s playing the blonde Fender Deluxe lap steel into (it seems) the Alessandro Bluetick amp, using just a clean tone with delay. He’s also using a volume pedal (Ernie Ball?) for controlling the volume and creating swells.

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Lovepedal Hermida Audio Dover Drive review

March 27th 2014 | Posted in Reviews | 39 Comments

Hermida Audio Dover Drive

Every once in a while a pedal pops up with a special appeal to us Gilmour nerds and with obvious references to a legendary overdrive pedal, I had to check out this one. Here’s my review of the Hermida Audio Dover Drive from Lovepedal.

Like many of you, I’m sure, I though “a Tube Driver clone? Do they dare? And without a tube?” Well, they asked for it. Using the familiar graphics known from the overdrive pedal that’s as synonymous with Gilmour as the Big Muff, is risky business.

The Dover Drive is housed in a MXR-sized’ish chassis, with true bypass switching and it runs on 9V battery or Boss-style power adapter. Controls are gain, volume and tone. Inside the pedal, there’s also a bias trim pot, allowing you to fine tune the gain stage.

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Effectrode Helios Tube Fuzz review

February 11th 2014 | Posted in Reviews | 48 Comments

Helios Tube Fuzz review

The fuzz pedal appeared in the mid 60s and with it the whole pedal revolution started. The recent explosion of clones and boutique pedals has given the old fuzz pedal a renaissance and while some stick to the classic designs, others are exploring new ground. Here’s my review of the Effectrode Helios.

The term fuzz is often used to describe any noisy pedal but fuzz is a specific form of distortion or clipping. The tone is unmistakable and although it can appear crude and hard to tame it’s perhaps the most musical of all gain pedals. Learning the potential and secrets of the fuzz will open up a whole new world of sweet tones.

The Helios is housed in a TRex sized chassis with a stage ready bright led, controls for volume and fuzz/gain, true bypass switching and operating on 12v for maximum headroom. On top of the pedal sits a mini-toggle for switching between normal mode and “Fire” for super saturated fuzz.

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Animals 1976 studio outtakes!

January 27th 2014 | Posted in Classic tone David's Gear | 33 Comments

Animals 1976 tapes

Just when you think there’s nothing left in the vaults, a real surprise appears – the 1976 Animals demos! Described by Pink Floyd as a very hard album to record, Animals feature some of their best work and perhaps some of David’s finest solos. These newly surfaced demos gives us a glimpse of the process and the studio sessions.

It’s apparent that this isn’t really demos but rather “work in progress”. Most of the backing tracks are done – the drums, bass and acoustics – and even some of David’s and Rick’s guitar and keyboard parts are identical to the finished album versions. It’s also obvious that a lot of mixing and processing has already been done. From what I can gather, this is the very final stages of the initial recordings, right before they recorded the final vocals and overdubs and eventually mixed the album.

Animals was recorded between April and November 1976 in Pink Floyd’s new recording studio Britannia Row, located in Islington, north of central London. According to the source of this bootleg, the tapes dates from June 1976.

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