Sick Riffs: Kevin Dye teaches you the inventive, effects-heavy solo of Gates’ Shiver

Sick Riffs #75: As frontman and guitarist for New Jersey alt-meets-post-rockers Gates, Kevin Dye employs a host of ethereally emotive tones, but there’s one in particular that he gets asked about on a regular basis - and that’s precisely the line he teaches you in today’s Sick Riffs.

Contrary to the synth some fans have theorized, Dye’s closing solo in the track Shiver utilizes the Boss PS-5 Super Shifter to send his notes shooting one octave up, with the euphoric effect bolstered by a T-Rex Møller overdrive, plus an old-school Boss DSD-2 delay and RV-5 reverb.

Dye plays a Gibson Les Paul Doublecut electric guitar, down-tuned to drop C# standard, (ie, drop D down a half-step), fitted with Seymour Duncan P-90 Stack pickups through Universal Audio's SVTVR Classic Amp and Never 1073 Legacy plugins.

"Specifically for myself, the coronavirus outbreak caused me to lose three jobs - my jobs as a Stagehand at Webster Hall and Brooklyn Steel in New York City, and my job as a bartender," Dye says.

"We've been diligently working on new music but now we're unable to physically get together, and our entire release schedule has been postponed until the time comes when we can finish. While it's frustrating to be so close to finishing something, especially since it's been four years since our last release, I think it's one of the easier problems to have during this crisis. 

"Luckily, I'm continuing to work from home as a producer and mixing engineer, and started offering online courses and doing livestreams to supplement my income."

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.