Sam (actually had questions written down this time!)
Steve (a bit too guitar happy...)
Chris (takin' da photos)
Steve: I was taking to someone yesterday about an
anolog delay, and I read an interview somewhere that you had one,
where did you pick that up and what kind is it?
Ahrue: We used a bunch of different analog delays on the record, but what
I have now is this thing called the Lexicon MPX G2 which has actual analog
effects in it, it has like analog circutry in it but it's midi compabable
and can like bring up all the presets like..you know how effects racks are
Sam: How fucked up were you after the show in Orlando last week?
Ahrue: ah..I was alright, I didn't get too drunk..there were other
people in the band though...
Sam: You guys were just in Europe..how did that go?
Ahrue: Europe was awesome, it was the best time Machine Head has been
over there, we sold out a bunch of places, we sold out Brixton Academy
and we sold out..we almost sold out the Zenith in Paris which holds..like
a 6000 seater...and um, the response was just amazing over there, it was
Sam: Why did you decide to join Machine Head?
Ahrue: ah, I had nothing better to do, so I said what the heck?
Steve: I was kind of in your senerio where went into a band that was
already established together for like 5 or 6 years, not anywhere close
to the calaiber of Machine Head, but what's it like coming in when you
have shoes to fill? Is it like an acceptance thing, did you already
know the guys n'stuff? Or was it like a try out?
Ahrue: I've known Robb, ya know..for 11 years, way before the birth of
Machine Head, and..I always..I knew thay alot of fans like Logan and
were sad to see him leave the band and stuff...and all I know is that..
the only thing I can do is do my best..and that just happens to be ahh..
better than Logan.
Steve: How is the deal with Gibson going? you guys work that out yet?
Ahrue: Nah, I'm endorsed by ESP, and that's it...
Steve: Ah really? I was talking to Robb and you guys were saying that
you like Gibsons a little better n'stuff, they hold up better on tour..
actually he was the one who told me you guys were working out a deal
with Gibson or something...
Ahrue: He might be..I play ESPs...
Steve: really, last time I saw you, you were using an old SG..
Ahrue: No I wasn't...
Steve: really? (laughter) I mean a Viper...an ESP Viper
Sam: Machine Head fans don't know alot about you yet, so how would
you describe yourself?
Ahrue: uh..I'm about 6' 8", blonde...(laughter) uh..I donno
Sam: What bands are you into?
Ahrue: ahh..newer heavy bands, I like Slipknot, System..and Static X
is pretty cool...I donno..Revillie is pretty cool...one of my favorite
records out of the past 2 years is Radiohead "Ok Computer"..soo what
other records do you like? (laughter)
Sam: Some of the older fans are bitching about the direction of the
new album, since you're the new guy this must be a weird situation...
Ahrue: ahh..if they don't like it, they don't have to listen to it.
Sam: What's your setup? guitar-wise
Ahrue: I use uhh..I play ESP guitars, EMG 81 pickups, I go through a
5051 head, the older model with the EVH, not the signature series, and
I use a Lexicon MPX G2 with an R1..and that's it
Steve: What's that effect at the begining of "From This Day"? Is that
an envelope filter?
Ahrue: No, it's a..
Steve: 'cause I used my envelope filter and it sounds right
Ahrue: It's an MXR phase 90
Steve: really? the orange pedal?
Sam: The old-school one with the big rubber knob...how
long have you been playing?
Ahrue: uhh..almost 2 years now (laughter), since I joined the band,
like a week after I joined the band I started (laughter)
Sam: What's after this tour?
Ahrue: ahh..we're going to Japan after this..and..we're not sure if
we're gonna be doing the Ozzfest this year, we're gonna be doing the
European...there's a bunch of festivals in Europe in the summer that
we might do..
Chris: Dynamo maybe?
Chris: I'm there...
Ahrue: So, yeah, after Japan we're not really sure what's going on.