Author Archives: Joel Martinez

About Joel Martinez

Gear-a-holic.

Skeleton Closet video

We recently posted an old video to our song Skeleton Closet.  This is the 3rd song we wrote and we filmed this video a couple years ago.  Granted, that’s a bit of a long time to release the video, but we’re proud to finally have it available for the world to see.  So, without further ado, I present to you:

Our aim with this video was to capture a sort of live feel with the video.  The audio tracks were all recorded by Alex Amaya during the video recording.  We used the best take from the evening, leaving the mistakes made in the take to help give it an even more authentic sound.  The video was all filmed and edited by the talented Barret Amato and the audio was mixed by Jeff Kessler.

Riding on a high after completion of our classic, An Uncertain Grace, we were all pumped to write an upbeat song.  Skeleton Closet is, to date, the fastest song we’ve written.  It came together in about a month, as I recall, starting in late June of 2010.  We initially called this song “Breathe” while we were still fleshing out the ideas.  We started off with the main rhythmic riff that starts the song and by July 1st had the verse somewhat figured out.  Listening back through our old recordings of this song as we wrote it, by about mid-July, we had most of the song laid out.

At the end of the song, I remember distinctly making it a point to use the “organ” sound on my HOG for this song, largely because I had recently gotten it and loved that organ-y sound.  I still want to get a rotary pedal of some sort to give the “organ” a more Leslie vibe.

This song also appears on our limited run EP (listen on our Facebook page) and will be re-recorded with new updates for our upcoming LP.

Joel’s Gear


Guitar
At long last, a post about gear!  This is just an overview of my gear, starting, of course, with my VanDewart custom.  This guitar has a flamed maple top, mahogany back, 3 piece neck (maple/purpleheart/maple) and undyed ebony fingerboard, all with an oiled finish.  The guitar is neck-through and string-through, resulting in better sustain, tone and rigidity.  I use Bareknuckle Nailbombs (Alnico 5 in the neck, ceramic in the bridge), with coil-taps so I can get that great single-coil sound for songs like An Uncertain Grace, Understanding the Feeling, and our new song, set to debut soon.

 

 

AmpI use a Laney VH100R amplifier.  This is my 2nd favorite amp of all time and is the perfect amp for my role in this band.  It wonderfully compliments Garret’s Orange Rockerverb 100.  The VH100R is a 2-channel amp with an individual boost on each channel, reverb, and fx loops (which I have yet to integrate).  I often switch between all 4 settings (channels + boosts).  I don’t believe there is a single song where I use all 4, but several of our songs, I do use 3 (Thoughts Like Rust, An Uncertain Grace, Rest in Pieces, etc).  This amp is extremely versatile, breathes very naturally and just all around sounds incredible!

 

 

PedalboardLastly, my beast of a pedalboard.  My pedalboard is constantly growing and evolving.  Even now, despite having a great setup, I have some pedals that I want to add to the board for even more great sounds, and other pedals to upgrade.  Unfortunately, this means that I will soon have to purchase a new, larger pedalboard and power supply, but that is the cost of wanting the exact perfect sound for each section of our music.  Anyhow, here is the list of my current pedalboard setup:

What does your rig look like?  What are you favorite pedals and amps that you use?  Have any recommendations for additional pedals that should be on my board?

Icarus Landing Music Video

L.A. rockers, Icarus Landing, recently put out a music video for their new song, Call To You.  You can check this vid out at http://youtu.be/WURcodKLNyg (nsfw).  This band epitomizes “Man Rock” and is guaranteed to put hair on your chest.  Also, the video has titties, and who doesn’t like titties?

IL has hard-hitting rhythms, brutal guitars and a very in-your-face raw sound.  This is definitely a wysiwyg band with quality music to stand behind.  Additionally, their live show is a blast to watch and they perform their tunes impressively, well worthy of studio precision.  I recommend keeping your eye on their Facebook page for any upcoming shows and definitely check them out if you get a chance.

Despite his beardly mediocrity, I have been friends with Nicholas Emilio, lead singer/guitarist/songwriter for IL, for the past 3 years and have come to quite admire his resolve.  He has been steadily working on this band for several years, moving from Ohio to LA to pursue his musical ventures.  While n8n definitely works very hard at what we do, Nick hustles far better than all of us put together.  He has been working diligently at this new album for over a year and I am very excited for it to come out, not only as a friend who has witnessed the struggles of putting out this album, but also as an IL fan.

Writing process

We often get comments from other musicians about how arranged our various parts are and people are usually wondering who does the writing in our band.  This is the first band I’ve ever personally been in that has a completely collaborative writing process.  We check our egos at the door and enter our rehearsal space with completely free and open minds. Continue reading

Welcome!

Looks like I get the inaugural post on our new blog. So, let me start off by welcoming you here and thanking you for checking out this new section of our site. I’m glad that you’re bored enough to come read our blatherings!

With all luck, we will all be posting quasi-regularly here in the blog about a wide variety of topics, from our feelings on music to our rigs to our individual philosophies behind what we do. Undoubtedly some album reviews will be thrown in as well. This blog will not be solely about our own band, but we definitely will have some n8n-related posts going up. Who knows, we may even have some guest bloggers on here from time to time. Continue reading