Scott Reeder: “I got a call: ‘Can you come over and jam with Tool?’”

Scott Reeder onstage with Unida
(Image credit: Scott Reeder)

Rock and metal fans of a certain age will recall the rise of a particular music scene – stoner rock, desert rock, whatever you want to call it – which emerged in 1990 or so in parallel with grunge. Largely a product of the Californian prairie, where the kids listened to equal parts Black Sabbath and Black Flag, and the glam-rock excesses of Los Angeles were a couple of hours’ drive away, the stoner scene was fuelled by all-night generator parties, where groups of headbangers would gather among the dunes, hook up their amps to a generator, drop acid, and mosh the night away.

When he recorded the legendary Sky Valley album, Reeder used a Rickenbacker, whose mid-heavy tones allowed his melodic, often elaborate fills to stand out from guitarist Josh Homme’s all-encompassing riffs. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.

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