Mudvayne: Inside Track
GW How did the band develop such good chemistry?
TRIBBETT I think it comes from years of playing together, years of touring together and each of us knowing how to play live together. We play something like 150, 175 shows a year. I don’t think a new band will reach that kind of communication till they’ve been together for seven or eight years, if they can manage to stay together that long. A lot of bands don’t. But if they do, they’ll grow and mature together as a band, and the process gets easier with time.
GW How do you think the metal scene has changed since you guys first came out in 2000?
TRIBBETT It’s definitely changed since we first came out. We, of course, got the big stamp of “nu-metal” back then and got compared to a lot of bands of that genre. Then we got quarantined into the “math metal” thing. I don’t really understand where that came from. There are a lot of bands out there being tagged “math metal,” like Meshuggah, for example.
But, over time, I think we’ve stuck with our way of doing things, and on this new record you’ll hear some guitar solos, and you’ll hear me venturing out, instead of me just doing the same old thing. I know some people think that I can’t play solos, only rhythms! It’s a new thing for me to put guitar solos on a record, and I was stoked when I approached the band about doing it and it worked out well.
As a band, we are maturing and developing with each new record. And as far as the music business goes, I think everything is coming around in a big circle. You see the metal coming back with all of the real flashy leads and all of that stuff. Maybe that means the Eighties are going to come back. I don’t know, we’ll see! [laughs]
GW Do you always play in the same alternate tuning?
TRIBBETT Yes, it’s always drop C, which is, low to high, C G C F A D.
GW What gear did you use for the new album?
TRIBBETT For this new record, I used my signature Washburn WV66GT , plus a Telecaster for clean sounds. As far as amps go, I used a Roland Jazz Chorus for the clean sounds, which I also used for the acoustic guitars, and also Randall V2s. When doubletracking rhythm parts, I’d change the EQ a little from part to part to get a different tone. The only pedal I used was a wah, which I used for the solo on “Do What You Do.”
GW Is your live setup much different?
TRIBBETT No, it’s pretty simple, too. My pedal board is made up of an A/B box, a Line 6 digital delay and a Morley wah pedal. The A/B switches between two Randall heads, one of which is set to clean and the other one is dirty. Live, I use the RM100 heads, with which you can swap out three different preamp modules. So there’s a clean module and a dirty module, but now I use a “lead” module, too. I’m pretty “basic” when it comes to my setup; I don’t like a bunch of different gear and processors and all of that crap. When something works, you stick with it. And this is working. [laughs] Obviously.
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