Austin Issue 2018, FRIGS, Will Rock Explode Again? Austin Stompbox Exhibit + Synth Expo

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strymon flint / eventide mixinglink / voodoo lab Pedal Power 2 Plus / mXr Phase 90 / mXr a/b box / mXr Carbon Copy / zveX fuzz factory / fulltone soul-bender / ehX freeze / boss tu-2

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caroline rose New York-based songwriter Caroline Rose has reinvented her sound on her sophomore LP Loner. Dawning an ironically sporty aesthetic, Rose delivers poignant tales of loneliness and disillusionment with a cigarette in hand. Contrasting the Americana sensibilities of 2014’s I Will Not Be Afraid, Loner combines elements of ’70s punk and straight ahead pop. (ChARLEY RUDDELL) You are your own producer, it sounds like a lot of new toys (as in gear) were used in the making of Loner—what were the tools that left their mark on this record? That’s true, but it’s only half true for Loner. I wanted to experiment and be able to expand my palette on this album, so I enlisted the help of a co-producer for that reason. I ended up working with this great artist Paul Butler in San Francisco, who taught me a ton. we also hear a fair amount of synths in the record, what did you use and how did you “meet” them? Paul and I did a session at Panoramic Studio in Bolinas, CA where we just plugged in all the synths and drum machines and old pieces of gear and just made weird sounds. A lot of the hooks I recorded on my own gear, especially on the Teenage Engineer14

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ing oP-1, which might be my favorite instrument ever. There’s an Arp odyssey, Jupiter 6, Juno 106, Moog voyager, some DSI and Sequential Circuits synths, Yamaha E-70, MS-20, all the classics. We also experimented with some Buchla modular stuff and got some *very* strange and interesting sounds that snuck on there. You mostly play guitar live, tell us about your relationship with stompboxes. if it’s love, what was your first love and what’s your last? oh man, well I adore everything Eventide makes. The Mixing Link is my favorite utility-type box because it literally does everything I want and need in a pedal. I have two of them. I also own the Pitch Factor and would desperately love to have an h9. Everything Strymon makes, and I am ALL about the Chase Bliss stuff coming out. what else do you have on your pedalboard these days? The Chase Bliss Warped vinyl is all over the record but it’s actually used on my guitarist Abbie’s pedal board right now. I love Chase Bliss pedals So much because they’re incredibly smart, sending and receiving MIDI, yet super compact. I prefer MIDI-controlled pedals because I can save all the settings on a foot controller, but of course they’re three times the price. For my MIDI-controlled pedal boards I use the Source Audio Soleman Controller.

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