A conversation with the 'Slacker'
By Robin Ecoeur
The Brighton slacker is feeling pretty good these days. With a new record on the way, Theo Verney talked to Third Outing about Brighton, guitar solos, Puppy and his gear!
Hi Theo. Let's start with an easy one, Theo Verney's sound in one sentence?
An amalgamation of things I borrow from other people and don't quite get right.
Do you still live in Brighton? It's a top scene down there. Could you see yourself living anywhere else?
I do still live in Brighton, I work at a studio down here called Church Road Recording Company which is local. I certainly plan to live somewhere else once I can afford it as Brighton is very incestuous, especially for someone who has grown up here. I am up in the Scottish highlands as we speak, so near you guys, I wouldn't mind a studio up here!
Brain Disease came out last year. You said you were "pretty angry and just wanted to play really hard rock". How are you feeling now? Is the next release going to reflect something different altogether?
I'm feeling good thanks. A lot more content. My new record is a lot more mellow and considered so yes, something very very different. I cannot say too much about it at this time but a lot of work is going into it.
There is a great weeping guitar solo on Mountain Rose. What do you think about the health of the art of the guitar solo these days?
That's a great description. Jock from Puppy is one of the only guys I've seen who can actually pull off a good solo. There are a lot of musicians who haven't taken the time to learn their instruments so I'm not really into that, but then again no one wants to listen to too many solos. It's a balance, but put the time and effort in.
"My creativity really doesn't reach beyond attempting to write songs".
Talking of Puppy. We asked them the following question: "Theo Verney said he wants your guitar tone! How do you get such a sound?". We ask you the same...
I don't play through a stinkin' Marshall like Jock that's for sure! I joke, I love the old Marshall plexis but those things are pricey. I use a 70's Fender head with a custom made cab I wrote the specs for. It has two different speakers with different characteristics which blend together well. Guitar wise; I mostly use my Gibson SG and have some custom made fuzz pedals.
You also said in an interview that you're "mostly influenced by production techniques. I love the late 60's and 70's production methods". Is that still the case, and what is it about the 70's production methods you like so much?
Definitely is still the case. The 70's were when close micing was coming into fashion therefore producing those amazing tight drum sounds you hear on so many records. Funnily enough this was probably the precursor to the over produced modern drum sound I hate so much!