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Evoking Mountain, Clutch, and Black Sabbath, Monster Truck love it loud, hard and fast. Nominated in Classic Rock's 2012 Roll Of Honour for best new band, Monster Truck have been lavished with praise from the music press: Guitarist magazine referred to their music as a 'Heavyweight, car-crushing riff-fest', while Metal Hammer called them 'Gloriously big-boned pure rock fury.'
Jon Harvey is the four stringer for these Canadian rock 'n' rollers. A seasoned player with heaps of power and groove, he's a big fan of aggressive sounding bass...
When did you first start playing bass guitar?
“I started playing bass about 15 years ago when some friends asked me to join their band. I bought a bass guitar and learned to play. My only lessons were for the drums.”
How would you describe your playing style and sound in Monster Truck?
“I play with a pick to guarantee that I get the attack I want. I like playing 'precision style' basses and tube amps. If there are no tubes, I don't want it. Aggressive is the style and sound I always want, whatever incarnation that presents itself in.”
How do you get that sound - what gear do you use?
“I use an F Bass VF4-P. It's a vintage series precision type monster. Best bass I've played. I use Traynor YBA300 heads with 4x12 cabinets. Once again, my absolute favourite tone from an amp. I use no effects. Tone is in the hands anyway.”
What do you think are the defining characteristics of a great heavy rock bassist?
“Heavy rock always needs power and confidence. Any bass player that can lock in with a drummer and make you the feel the groove is suited for rock.”
Monster Truck play 12 dates in the UK this spring, starting March 6 in London. Their latest album, Furiosity, is out now on Dine Alone Records.