INTERVIEW: Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss

Cold Chisel are one of a kind. Their music is equally likely to appeal to the guitar nerd down the street as it is to the guy who fixes the hole in the roof, the lady who makes your coffee, your doctor. Yet somehow the band never seemed to make it big outside of Australia. Maybe it was just a case of wrong time, wrong place. But perhaps the democratisation of music will open new doors for the reformed band. Perhaps new album No Plans will be their big chance to show the rest of the world what they’re capable of: soul and blues-tinged rock with the powerful vocals of Jimmy Barnes [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]- you might know him from the band Living Loud with Steve Morse, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake – [/geo-out]and the brilliant guitar work of Ian Moss. Produced by Kevin Shirley, No Plans must be a difficult album for the band. It’s their first in 14 years, and the first without drummer Steve Prestwich, who died in January 2011. One of his compositions, “I Got Things To Do,” is on the album, along with some new tracks played on the band’s record-breaking Light the Nitro tour of 2011. “In late 2009 the five of us made plans to record together again and do a tour,” As Barnes says. “After lots of twists and turns that’s exactly what we’ve ended up doing but due to Steve’s passing those plans changed a lot along the way. The last two years have reminded all of us that sometimes life deals up things you don’t expect. You can’t take anything or anyone for granted. Sometimes it’s best to have no plans.”

I Heart Guitar: No Plans is a pretty diverse album. It goes through a lot of different moods. Was that the plan? 

Ian Moss: I guess it’s hard to be objective. I was kind of hoping it’d seem like more of a unified record, so it’s interesting to hear that there are lots of different styles. I guess over and above, we were trying to achieve raw power.

Well the title track, which starts the album, definitely does that. It kicks off very strongly.

Yeah! The distinctive tones of Barnes. The first thing you hear is Barnes. And hopefully that edge. Because there were really no overdubs. We went for it. We’re all in it together here and we played til  we got it right. That gave it a bit of oomph.

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REVIEW: Vox Time Machine Joe Satriani delay

Joe Satriani has always been a fine proponent of great-sounding delay – where would a track like ‘The Forgotten Pt. 2’ or, well, “Time Machine,” be without those haunting echos? Or, for that matter, the song “Echoes”? Satch has used all sorts of different devices to generate his delays throughout the years before designing the Time Machine with Vox. It’s part of a series of Joe Satriani effects by Vox which currently includes the Ice 9 Overdrive, Big Bad Wah, and the one that started it all, the Satchurator Distortion.

The Time Machine is a large-ish pedal (in a groovy metallic green finish with creme chickenhead knobs – cool) which may take up a decent amount of space on your pedalboard. It contains four knobs: Level, Delay Range (abbreviated to “D. Range” – geddit?), Time and Feedback, as well as a Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi switch. The D. Range control offers four (maximum) settings: 125ms, 250ms, 500ms and 1000ms, which you can fine tune with the Time control. Or you can get up to a whopping 5800ms via the Tap Tempo switch. The minimum delay time is 30ms, which makes for a cool doubling effect.

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