Gotham Rocks: August Infinity

by guitarkadia on July 8, 2009

in Blog

June 6, 2009. Crash Mansion.

Interview with guitarist Stephen Sannicandro and bassist Chris Moss after the photos, as well as the band’s songs.

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Q&A

Chris Moss (bassist)

G: Do you come from a musical family? Who were your early musical influences?

CM: I have a very musical family, but they’re all rednecks playing country and bluegrass, so I can’t say they had much influence on my musical style.  I had a wide range of musical influences when I started playing bass.  One of the first songs I learned was “Blind” by Korn, and then I moved to Marilyn Manson, AC/DC, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, and Tool.

G: Do you remember the album that had the biggest impact on you?

CM: Aenima by Tool, after I heard “46&2” I just had to learn that song and then the entire album.

G: What is your primary guitar now? What effects/pedals do you use?

CM: I play a 5-string Ibanez SR505 Bass, it’s a beast.  I try not to use effects often, because a bass with a high gain and a little drive is all you need.  When I do use effects I use a Digitech BP200 for phaser and chorus, a Boss ODB-3 Overdrive pedal, and a Roland RC2 loop station.

G:What one tip, each, would you give to beginners on a) practice b) songwriting c) recording and d) performing live.

a) Practice: Use a metronome, it doesn’t matter how badass your chops are if you can’t keep time.

b) Songwriting: Record everything you play so you never forget a riff.

c) Recording: Never settle for something that sounds OK; if it takes 20 takes to make the verse sound perfect then 20 takes it is.

d) Performing Live:  WARM UP before the show!  If you miss a note because you didn’t properly warm up then you will start beating yourself up and that will take away from your stage presence.

G: Recommend 3 essential albums all bass players should listen to.

1. RHCP – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Flea is just amazing, learning any of these songs will improve your chops)

2. Sublime – 40oz to Freedom (Eric Wilson was great on this album.  Just listen to ‘Santeria”)

3. Tool – Aenima (Justin Chancellor shows in this album that the bass player doesn’t have to hang out in the back)


Stephen Sannicandro (guitarist)

G: Do you come from a musical family? Who were your early musical influences?

SS: Not a musical family per say, however my family was always big on fifties music, and musical theater and art. I remember Richie Valens “La Bamba” being the 1st song that inspired me to be a guitar player and a musician. Early Influences include – Kurt Cobain, John Petrucci, Mike Enzinger, Adam Jones, Mark Tremonti, Kirt Hammet, Dime Bag Darrel,  Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, Steve Vai, Dave Matthews etc.

G: Do you remember the album that had the biggest impact on you?

SS: So many records – But the ones that really stand out are: Nirvana “Never mind”, Metallica “and justice for all” Incubus “make yourself” Creed “my own prison” and Dreamtheater “Images and Words”.

G: What is your primary guitar now? What effects/pedals do you use?

SS: I use Paul Reed Smith guitars. (McCarty and Custom 22) models.  I use a plethora of effects – such as Boss DD-5, Super phase, EVH phase 90, Bad Horsey Wah, Boss tremolo and filters.

G: What one tip, each, would you give to beginners on a) practice b) songwriting c) recording and d) performing live.

SS: Build your musical tool box with as many essentials as possible. Always challenge yourself and never get comfortable with what you’re currently capable of. Try to master the hardest thing possible (ie. exercise, fragment, or song). Break it down piece by piece and then apply the technique learned to something less complex in your own song. Practice to a click. Play with people who are better than you. Study songwriting, hooks and great songwriters. Try to figure out why hit songs appeal to you and apply the structure and formulas to your own riffs and ideas. Never become too attached to an idea – always try every possible idea before settling on (1) particular idea for a song.

G: Recommend 3 essential albums all guitar players should listen to.

1.  Steve Vai  – Passion and Warfare.

2. DreamTheater – Images and Words.

3. Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien.

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