Doves guitarist uses the moon as "massive delay pedal"

Forget The Dark Side Of The Moon, this is as prog as it gets
Forget The Dark Side Of The Moon, this is as prog as it gets

We have to admit, when we saw this story on a lazy Easter Sunday, we thought it was an April Fool. But apparently not.

According to an interview in The Oberver newspaper promoting the band's forthcoming best-of, The Places Between, Doves guitarist Jez Williams recently bounced a riff off the moon, using it as his own interstellar delay pedal at Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire, UK.

Assisted by the facility's resident astrophysicist Dr Alastair Gunn, who "had a load of dials on a box", Williams "plugged into it, [then] he just dialled the moon, like you do... and two and half seconds later it [the riff] comes back.

"It messes up the signal beyond recognition, it's pretty wild. We've got a recording of it that we'll definitely use at some stage."

"Put that in your fucking pipe, Rick Wakeman!" added Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin.

Click here to read the full Doves interview, which includes a more scientific description of the process involved.

Back in March 2009, we checked out Jez Williams' live guitar set-up on tour in Coventry ahead of the release of fourth studio LP Kingdom Of Rust. Sadly, the moon doesn't feature, but you can see our video walkthrough here:

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.