My Bloody Valentine at the Roundhouse

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cameric, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. cameric


    Dec 31, 2007
    Well I have to admit I'm slightly astonished to see a bustling effects forum in rude health and full-throated vigour with ne'ery a mention of our beloved rock revolutionaries reuniting in London town on Friday!

    So let me chime in. The show was sublime - a force of pure musical genius lumbering from some candyfloss tarpit to remind the current crop of would-be indie champs just how the heck this music thing is supposed to be done.

    It was a really rare experience - not a hint of nostalgia, just a truly punishing, uplifting, and astounding show done by musicians in their prime.

    My ears are still ringing. Deb Googe is a bass force. And for all of My Bloody Valentine's association with effects pedals, it strikes me that apart from a booster here, fuzz there, and overdrive o'er yonder, the colossal noise is really just a product of incredibly inventive technique, an almost unlimited amp budget, and volume.

    That said, anyone else get a closer peak at the effects on offer?

    And one parting thought - if you're a bass player and are in London before Tuesday, get to this show. Do it now. Spare no one.:ninja:
  2. That's probably because the topic is better suited for the Miscellaneous forum rather than the effects forum. If you were discussing the bassist's effects rather than the show then this would be the place.
  3. cameric


    Dec 31, 2007
    Mostly a prologue to this:
    "That said, anyone else get a closer peak at the effects on offer?"
  4. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    My Bloody Valentine SUCK

  5. cameric


    Dec 31, 2007
  6. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Fixed it for ya!


  7. some people just don't know how to read on here..
  8. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Nope, I stand by my original statement :smug:
  9. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    An amazing band, I don't know if they are pinnacle of effects usage, the effects rigs seem fairly minimal to me. It sounds like an array of overdrive/distortions and delay/reverb... maybe some chorus here and there, but they push what they have to their limits. They do create a surreal world with their music.
  10. cameric


    Dec 31, 2007
    See, that was the revelation in the show, and the reason why I asked if anyone had a closer peak at the set-up...reverb is certainly there, but as for chorusing & other delay-based effects, I think a lot of that is actually down to alternate tunings and whammy technique. And on recording, a lot has to do with inventive mic placement and multiple amp set-ups.

    The bass player definitely uses some o'd/fuzz, but I think that's it. And sadly, I don't think they make an effect that replicates a Gibson T-bird driving 2 SVT/8x10 rigs yet :bassist: I'd still be curious about what she's using though...
  11. I know they have discussed their effects in interviews, the guitarists use some kind of modulation to change the 'attack' of the note.

    btw, to me MBV (alongside a few others) is the peak of modernism in popular music (when I say modernism I am talking about the formal qualities of the music - textures, brushstrokes etc.)
  12. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England
    my bad, i thought u were talking about bullet for my valentine!! soz man!

    ill have to check My bloody Valentine out!!!
  13. mojo filters

    mojo filters

    Jun 16, 2008
    Did anyone get a chance to check out what unusual fx etc Sonic Boom used during the Spectrum set?
  14. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
    i just spent 5 minutes thiking this was a thread about Bullet for my Valentine, curse the similarity of their names.
  15. blasphemy
  16. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    MBV use the best effect there is: Volume.
  17. Well, if you like Bullet for my Valentine, you will NOT like MBV.

    I love My Bloody Valentine. Transcendent record that Loveless was, I think Isn't anything was the rawer hint at greatness that bowled me full over...more punk and I guess a tad less focussed, it contains probably one of my favorite fuzz bass songs: feed me with your kiss....

    Such an amazing band, and Kevin Sheilds, a maniac genius.
  18. jady


    Jul 21, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    I am a HUGE FAN!!!!!
  19. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    OK, let's get this thread onto the rails here. Can a MBV fan please post some MP3 or Youtube links to MBV tracks that contain effects on bass? And I don't mean where the tone is distorted because they were using a pair of cranked SVT's. I'd like to hear the ones where there may be reverb, chorus, effect-y fuzz, etc. Thanks!
  20. Spoonman462


    Jan 20, 2008
    I was procrastinating going to see them here in NY since tix were pretty expensive and i'm kinda broke right now and now its sold out, and i'm really regretting not buying them. hopefully i can find tix close to face value somewhere...

    and it's kinda hard to tell what bass effects r being used since everything's so noisy and kinda meshes together (in a good way)