The band I was in before Eyes Like Twenty was called See My Silhouette, with my best friend Danny MacFarlane. It was a complex band, and the material didn’t come out easy. We spent a lot of time writing and learning to play the tracks that Danny had written in his head. While I will always think that this is an excellent way to ensure that good ideas come to fruition it was still a tough time. Drummers came and went, songs were learned and re-learned, and eventually we threw in the towel.
After a couple of months break, I started to get the originals itch again. After the trials of See My Silhouette I wanted to put a band together that would be easy to write and gig with, just by virtue of the way it was put together. Less complication, more emphasis on groove as opposed to more complex arrangements, and with each band member writing their part.
I’d had an octave pedal and a bass guitar kicking around for a while so I thought that maybe I could get some sort of ‘twin octave riffing’ thing going on. A few weeks on eBay and a few distortion pedals later and I had everything I thought I needed for the original Rig of Doom. I had a jam one afternoon with drummer Paul Harney (then Full Tilt, now The Shady 80s) and we tried a few riffs to see if it would fly. We both agreed that it did.
It wasn’t long after that I discovered One Day As A Lion – Zac De La Rocha’s (RATM) from 2010. They had Zac on vocals, a drummer, and a keys player who used a Fender Rhodes through a Marshall stack. They’d essentially already done what I was considering: A three piece with vocals, drums, and ‘music’. This gave me hope that the Rig of Doom, coupled with a solid drummer and a vocalist would be enough to put a good band together. As of August 2014 it’s early days for us, but it’s looking like I may have been right.
It happens, occasionally.
Here’s the rig, as it is on 14/08/2014 if you’re interested…