Silverchair distortion

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MCBTunes, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. What gear does silverchair use to get that rumbly overdrive?
  2. um, bump
  3. nobody?
  4. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Perhaps a clip of what you are looking for would help.
  5. HRC Matt

    HRC Matt

    Aug 31, 2004
    Columbus, Ga
    i really don't know. when i saw them live, i didn't think Chris Joannou used any
  6. uly_


    Jul 4, 2005
    Correct me if im wrong, but I think I read somewhere, that he use the MXR preamp/d.i pedal.
  7. whoneedstherapy


    Oct 26, 2005
    He also uses a pair of ampeg B15R combo's so it maybe the overdriven tube amp sound
  8. He definitely uses some sort of fuzz/disortion on Israel's Son. But I don't know about the rest of the time. Listen to this clip, he kicks in a fuzz about 0:14 into the song:

  9. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    I seem to remember that sounding A LOT better on record than it did in this clip. Might be wrong, though.
  10. Apparently their latest Aussie tour is the first time they've played Israels' Son for 'bout 7 years......I must admit, when I saw them all those years ago, I didn't notice what they used.
    When I saw them last year - Chris used no boxes at all, not even a tuner or a volume pedal - just a pair of ampeg flip tops.

    I was very surprised.

    Daniel on the other hand, has half a music shop worth of pedals.....
  11. I saw them at the Paradise in Boston back on the Neon Ballroom tour, and they led off with Israel's Son, and I specifically remember him stomping a box at the beginning, but I wasn't close enough to see what it was
  12. lowmid

    lowmid Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2005
    Owner & builder CMC Audio
    to me this is a caractheristic sound of the boss ODB3
  13. assboglin

    assboglin Inactive

    Jul 13, 2007
    I'm going to have to agree that sound should be perfectly easy to duplicate with an ODB-3. I would be shocked if that's not what he's using in that clip.
  14. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Geeze, I remember seeing that performance on MTV back when Freak Show came out. I imagine his gear has changed quite a bit over the years since that was filmed.
  15. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I was just surprised to find out they're still playing. I remember they had a US MTV hit when they were like 15-year-olds, however many years ago that was, and that was the last I heard of them. But Google informs me they are big stars on their home turf.
  16. <cough, cough, choke, gag, spit>

    Daniel certainly has the attitude of a celebrity.

    All their recent stuff sounds like it's entirely written by Daniel and the other guys are just playing along because they're getting paid. It doesn't sound like a band any more.

    I used to play with the keyboardist who's with them on the current tour.
  17. Sounds like natural distortion to me. I could easily replicate that with running two amplifiers, a la Justin Chancellor.

    Silverchair is perhaps THE greatest Aussie band of the 90's. They're up there, with the Powderfinger, Regurgitator, and Spiderbait. Video wise, I'd probably only go for "Freak" if I was GP'ing Rage. It's about the best video of theirs I've seen. Scared me the first time I saw it, though...
  18. Well, actually, any Silverchair song would require natural distortion minus Israel's Son. Israel's Son would require using a stompbox.
  19. Whenever we played Israel's Son I used the Boss Turbo Distortion (DS-2). With a bit of tweaking I think it matches the sound quite nicely.
  20. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    it's all ampeg (or simulation) to my ears on the majority of songs i've heard from them