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Silverchair distortion

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

  1. What gear does silverchair use to get that rumbly overdrive?
  2. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Perhaps a clip of what you are looking for would help.
  3. 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
  4. uly_


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


    Oct 26, 2005
    He also uses a pair of ampeg B15R combo's so it maybe the overdriven tube amp sound
  6. 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:

  7. 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.
  8. 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.....
  9. 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
  10. lowmid


    Feb 2, 2005
    to me this is a caractheristic sound of the boss ODB3
  11. assboglin

    assboglin Banned

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Gold 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.
  14. <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.
  15. 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...
  16. Well, actually, any Silverchair song would require natural distortion minus Israel's Son. Israel's Son would require using a stompbox.
  17. Muckaluck


    Oct 11, 2005
    Whitby, Ontario
    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.
  18. ihateusernames


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