16 Apr Go Go Gorillo: King Kongs of Rock’n’ Roll: First Album recorded with the Schaffer Replica!
Several months ago, a guy contacted us and asked us about the Schaffer Replica, about Fil and his search for the tone. This lead to an interview with Franz and Fil (over Skype) and to an interview article on the Austrian online music magazine “Backbeat”: The Raiders Of The Lost Sound. But this isn’t all.
Of course, this very nice guy, Rocco Carletto, as he calls himself, is also a guitarist and plays in a rock band. What else?
Well, beside the interview, we also talked about the album his band was about to record and we managed to provide him a prototype for the album recordings with his band. And we asked him to tell us a bit about himself, his band and his impressions on the Schaffer Replica pedal prototype.
Alright, let’s hand over the keyboard to Rocco Carletto himself:
I first noticed Solo Dallas about 4 or 5 years ago just when I started playing guitar again. I hadn’t touched one for probably 4 years. I was playing in a covers band about 12 years ago. Stuff like CCR, Muddy Waters, Doors – the usual greatest hits kinda thing. When that group disolved and another project I was tryin’ to put together didn’t take off, I put the guitar aside for quite awhile.
But the more I stayed away from playing the more it attracted me again and I started practising at home again. Around the same time I discovered Solo Dallas on YouTube and he was probably one of the main reasons for me get into it more again and start a band. And I knew it had to be something more serious this time around. In summer 2010 I got together again with the drummer I played in the cover outfit and we started rehearsing as a two piece, just guitar and drums. The first songs we were playing were If You Want Blood You’ve Got It, Sin City and Love At First Feel. Shortly after we recruited singer Martin Opitz and bass player Mutant Pyroman (who left in December 2012) and started writing and rehearsing for about six months before we played our first gig as Go! Go! Gorillo on April 11 2011 at the Shelter in Vienna supporting a band called Killa Marilla.
By the time I had lost eye on Solo Dallas since he wasn’t on YouTube anymore. But somehow I stumbled across is homepage. And about a year ago I had the idea to interview Fil and Franz (which I found out lived in Vienna just as me) for a little blog I sometimes write for. Franz invited me to his place and he even let me try out his Replica prototype. And even if I just fiddled around for a couple of minutes I immedately fell in love with that piece of gear.
Around that time we also decided to record our first album, and I definitely wanted to use the Replica for recording. But when we got into the studio last August it wasn’t ready yet. But Franz was kind enough to give me a prototype of the pedal. I had to do all the guitar recordings in just 3 days and since I’m the only guitar player in the band I had to do all the rhythm and lead tracks myself. The Replica prototype was ready for the second day of the recordings and in the end I used it on 9 of the 11 songs we put on tape (10 have ended up on the CD).
On the first day I had recorded all the rhythm tracks (the Malcolm-part so to say). For that I used my old Austrovox deLuxe 100 head through a Vox 412 BN cab. The Austrovox is a 50W tube amp that was manufactured from the mid 60ies to the early 70ies here in Austria and was called the poor man’s Marshall back then. It’s a great amp that I bought fully serviced and with new tubes for just 180 bucks. I boosted it a with a Boss Bluesdriver to dirten the sound a bit up.
For the lead guitar parts and the solos I used a Marshall JMP clone boosted with a Boss OD3 and the Replica. Microphones used were a SM57 and a Sennheiser e906 and a third one which I don’t remember right now. I think in the end we used mainly the tracks with the SM57. All the guitar tracks were done as overdubs while bass and drums had been recorded live.
I have to tell that I really loved using the Replica. I just does something to your guitar sound which is very hard to describe. It kinda makes the sound a bit darker, more “evil”. But since you’ve already heard it in use here on Solodallas.com by Fil himself, you already know how it sounds. And some of you have gotten their own Replica by now, so I won’t tell you much about what it does. But what it did definitely for me was to make the sound kinda 3-dimensional.
For me it worked best, when I put the left knob on about between 10 and 11 o’clock and the right knob on between 1 and 2 o’clock. I was going after a classic dirty Rock’n’Roll sound and the Replica definitely helped to do the trick. What I didn’t necessarly wanted to do was to replicate AC/DC’s sound even though Malcolm and Angus are definitely my biggest influence on guitar and I kinda shared their approach on how to record and arrange rhythm and lead guitars for the album. It was clear to me from the start that I wanted the rhythm guitar panned on one side (left) and the lead guitar on the other one, with the solos going on in the center. I also opted for a drier and cleaner sound for the rhythm guitar while the lead guitar needed to have more bottom end and a bit more balls and saturation.
I’m very happy and proud to have been able to use the Replica for the recording and I’m very thankful that Franz and Fil gave me the opportunity to use it. And in the end it turned even out that it was a little historical moment, since it’s gonna be the first album the Replica will be heard on.
So far, Rocco Carletto’s words. Now, how does it sound? Well, here you go.
Go! Go! Gorillo :: Don’t Concentrate On The Tiger
Go! Go! Gorillo :: King Kongs of Rock’n’Roll – Album Teaser
The album is called “King Kongs of Rock’n’Roll” contains 10 tracks and go it’s physical release on CD on April 11. The first single “Barely Innocent” is out among others on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play since March 14.
Band web site: Go! Go! Gorillo – The King Kongs of Rock’n’Roll
And finally, Solodallas.com and Go! Go! Gorillo will draw 5 CDs of their new Album. Stay tuned!