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© Rocky Widner / Retna Ltd.
Did ‘Blue’ (Billie’s iconic Fernandes guitar) make an appearance?
“No, Blue just sat there with us, so the spirit of Blue was in the room. Live, I’ll bring Blue out all the time for the old songs. I think at this point our fans would get mad with me if I didn’t!”
Did you use different amps on this album to achieve the cleaner sounds?
“I would go through an early 70s Marshall, or I’d use a Vox with open-back cabinets and just 2x12 speakers and that’s it. Vox did the reissue of this Vox amp – I can’t remember what model it is – but it’s just a great head [Vox Hand-Wired AC30H2 – Ed]. You can get so many different sounds out of it, so I used that quite a bit.
"I used a Boss Blues Driver to kind of get something to make the solos punch harder. My tech and I started building amps, too. So, we took the Silvertone model – the one that Jack White plays – and then kind of made our own because we kept blowing them up. We just took the diagram of how it’s made and just made amps. We did the same with another early Marshall model – we were like, ‘Well, we can’t find this amp, so let’s just build one!’
“My guitar sound is kind of in a new territory – I haven’t really messed with it before. I’ll probably end up using [this new sound] more often. I love James Honeyman-Scott, early Pete Townshend and Johnny Thunders – they’re some of my favourite players – so that was kind of the sound I was going for a bit more.”