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De­spite a sig­nif­i­cant amount of his al­bum Home’s ma­te­rial be­ing crafted in a new way for the mu­si­cian in rel­a­tive iso­la­tion, John But­ler’s band are ex­pand­ing their sound by adding two mu­si­cians to the fold when the Aussie mu­si­cians tour the UK in Oc­to­ber as the John But­ler Trio +.

“The rea­son why I added new play­ers was to flesh out some of the ideas I had recorded for the al­bum,” John says re­gard­ing the ad­di­tion of per­cus­sion­ist/ vo­cal­ist Lozz Ben­son and key­board/ vo­cal­ist Ben Cor­bett to his long­stand­ing three-piece dy­namic with drum­mer Grant Gerathy and bassist By­ron Luiters. “A lot of the drums and syn­the­sis­ers that I pro­duced I wanted to have rep­re­sented in the live show. Also the trio is the only band I’ve ever been in re­ally so this is the con­text in which I can ex­plore and try out new things – as op­posed to cre­at­ing an­other band. I’ve al­ways wanted to try out play­ing with more in­stru­ments and colours and I thought now was as good a time as any.”

If talk of syn­the­sis­ers may have some fans rais­ing their eye­brows, we can as­sure you that John But­ler hasn’t sud­denly changed di­rec­tion. Rather, he’s added these elec­tronic el­e­ments to his folk and roots sound on parts of Home in a way that evolves his song­writ­ing, with­out alien­at­ing those that love his lap­steel, banjo six- and 11-string Ma­ton work. And when it came to track­ing the ex­pan­sive but earthy gui­tar tones that weave through the new al­bum, John re­turned to his tried and true ap­proach…

“As al­ways I use a Wag­ner valve mic and a Neu­mann di­rec­tional mic on my acous­tic gui­tars when record­ing,” he ex­plains. “I then DI my mag­netic pickup to al­low my ef­fects sig­nals to be recorded and send the ‘through’ from the DI to my vol­ume pedal and into the over­driven amps.” It’s an ap­proach to sig­nals re­flected in his live sound. “It al­lows me to get a pris­tine acous­tic gui­tar tone on one hand with my mics but also al­lows me to bring in the dis­torted amp tone and sig­nal in a way that’s very sim­i­lar to an ex­pres­sion pedal,” John con­tin­ues. “Then I have the best of all worlds in one in­stru­ment. This al­lows me to tra­verse folk, rock, psy­che­delic and be­yond with one in­stru­ment within one song.”

Home is re­leased 28 Septem­ber via Jar­rah Records. The John But­ler Trio + tour the UK and Ire­land 11 - 17 Oc­to­ber

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