Face Mel­ter

Paul’s other new re­lease is an un­earthed tour-de-shred

Total Guitar - - FEATURE -

Along with Be­hold elec­tric gui­tar, Paul has an­other new al­bum. Ex­cept it’s also old.

It’s called Ver­non­so­los and it’s the gui­tarist back in 1998, play­ing for an hour straight. And play­ing hard.

“Racer X used to rent a re­hearsal room at an old build­ing in Ver­non, Cal­i­for­nia,” ex­plains Paul. “It was great be­cause we could leave our gear setup and go in and play at any time of day or night. Play­ing through a cranked-up, fire­breath­ing Mar­shall is a whole lot dif­fer­ent than play­ing at a po­lite level in an apart­ment. So I used to show up to re­hearsal early to build my in­stincts on how to con­trol feed­back and string noise — as well as to just ex­pe­ri­ence the mild ter­ror you get from be­ing loud. I set up a recorder, plugged in a cou­ple mics and recorded

all the scary stuff I was work­ing on at the time. I’m dif­fer­ent now than I was then, but I like that kid a lot.”

How much tweak­ing did you have to do to make an old cas­sette son­i­cally palat­able?

“I had heard that old cas­sette tape can just fall apart, so I was a lit­tle ner­vous when I put this 30-year-old tape in the ma­chine. But it sounded fine, and the gui­tar play­ing was even more face melt­ing than I re­mem­bered. I sent the au­dio file to my mas­ter­ing en­gi­neer, Paul Lo­gus, who put a lot more care into his work than I was ex­pect­ing. It sounded “good enough” from the cas­sette, but Paul re­ally worked some magic with his gear and ears. I’m ex­cited for peo­ple to hear me tear­ing up the gui­tar in 1988!”

Mr­bigPG em­brac­ing the hair metal scene in 80s LA

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