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RESPONSES POSTED 07.19.05
SPECIAL BAND EDITION PART 1: QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY AARON NORTH AND JEROME DILLON
QUESTION SUBMITTED BY SONJA
What the hell was Aaron doing behind his amp when i saw you guys in Boston, and what does the red handkerchief he wears mean?
RESPONSE FROM AARON
Somewhere along the line, I figured out that guitars feedback in different ways behind amps than in front of them... different pitches, higher octaves, etc. I'm no scientist but somebody smarter than me explained it once by saying that speakers work because of the magnets inside them, and the magnetic pull of a speaker is different in front of it than it is in the back of it. So that explains that. The handkerchief means I like it in the pooper form large, muscular, hairy men.
QUESTION SUBMITTED BY SARA
I heard the reason you guys played "The Perfect Drug" live is because the drum solo would make Jerome Dillons arms fall off?
RESPONSE FROM JEROME
yeah...there is a ton of shit going on in that one. however, this band is good enough to pull off anything from the catalog and we never rule out the possibility of playing any of the songs live. with the exception of "kinda i want to"....
QUESTION SUBMITTED BY SAM
I was curious to know what kind of guitars Aaron plays. Especially the ones with all those weird little switches like the one in the "Hand That Feeds" video. I couldn't tell at the show cos this tall fat asshole in front of me kept blocking my view and some drunk asshole behind me kept squishing my girly little figure. What happened to just Les Paul's all the time? And what's up with the messed up speaker box he's always running into? There's no microphone on it, it's some sort of prop right?
RESPONSE FROM AARON
The guitar I played in the "Hand That Feeds" video is a Hagstrom. They are Swedish made guitars that I have been collecting over the years. That particular white Hagstrom is an early 60's model that I prefer and have a few of. They have super hot single coil pickups and a smooth tremolo arm that actually keeps the guitar in tune better than most Fenders with floating tremolos. The problem is, they stopped making these quitars forever ago, so when a piece of hardware breaks, you'd have an easier time finding a girl at Michael Jackson's house than finding replacement parts. Les Paul's are cool too, and the warmer humbucker pickup sound on them is appropriate for many songs, but got a more aggressive cutting tone, I use the Hagstroms. Recently Hagstrom has started to produce some guitars again, and this time American made for some reason, and I've been using a few of those live as well. Unfortunately the newer reproductions they make don't include my favorite models like the "2" and the "3". Those are the ones with the "weird little switches". I'm also using some Fender Jazzmasters and Telecasters live. The "messed up box" onstage is my guitar cabinet, and it's not a prop. I'm slaving a Fender Twin Reverb amp that is not onstage from that cabinet, so I can create feedback onstage with that cab, but not worry about my sound cutting out ever, because the signal that is coming through the PA and monitors is from the mic-ed Fender amp that is out of harms way. Make sense?