One of the latest additions to the Victory Records roster, ForeverAtLast, is the female-fronted punk band ForeverAtLast. Hailing from Indianapolis, the foursome are about to begin recording their debut Victory album (set for release this summer) with producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, Copeland, The Chariot). We checked in with guitarist Jordan Vickers and bassist Zeke Vasquez to learn about some of the gear they'll be using on the new album!
What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound? Vickers: I now it says "one piece," but I think my signature sound comes from the combination of a few different things. My modified Tele and my Avatar cab.
Vasquez: I use a Tech 21 Sansamp.
What about it makes it so important to you? Vickers: The Tele means so much to me because I've had it for years and I pieced it together by myself.
Vasquez: I love this pedal. When you're on tour your rig is bound to sound different each night. With this pedal I am able to dial in a thick, driving tone.
What are the major pros and cons? Vickers: A major pro for the Tele is that it is much hotter than a normal Tele due to the Burstbucker. Only con I can think of is when people dog on the standard Tele headstock instead of the Strat headstock that comes with the '72 reissue. I'm just a fan of the Tele headstock and my neck feels great!
Vasquez: The major pro is that you get a great tone in seconds if you have a general idea of how to EQ. Major con is, a lot sound guys don't like to run a DI to my Sansamp. I don't understand why, it's simple, easy and sounds great.
How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it? Vickers: I've had my Tele for about 6 years and I use it every day of my life. I am a Les Paul guy at heart, so eventually I'd like to get a Les Paul or a Jaguar and drop a Burstbucker in it as well. Ha!
Vasquez: I have used the Tech 21 Sansamp for about 4 years and I don't know if I'll ever stray from using it.
Any final thoughts or comments on the gear? Vickers: All I can say is that it's taken me years to find a tone that I love and now that I have found it, it'll be hard to ever change it. If you are playing any form of rock n roll, I highly recommend any Orange head with an Avatar cab. You won't be disappointed. You have my word!
Vasquez: I do hope to experiment with other pedals as we (ForeverAtLast) keep writing more music.