Firewire

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           Firewire formed back in 2006 when Simon and Ant's band Woody drew to a close.  Simon and Ant, having played in bands previously with drummer Russ asked him if he fancied having a knock around with a few tunes. Working with a few vocalists and nothing really taking shape, Ant asked one of his friends if he knew anyone who may be up for it, to which Don said 'I could have a go if you like', and so he did. Firewire was born, bookings came in and off we went. Firewire play a range of what are described as classic rock tunes (Thin Lizzy, Hendrix, Guns n Roses, Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, Pink Floyd) through to more modern material from bands such as Foo Fighters, Stereophonics, Blink 182, Reef, Kings of Leon.               Below is a brief history of each band member,  having over 100 years of playing experience between them.

               

 

Don

(History)

IT ALL STARTED SO VERY LONG AGO, FOR THOSE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER, YOU COULD TAKE A LOOK THROUGH THE ROUND, SQUARE OR ARCHED WINDOW.

1979 MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE AWAKENED A STRANGE URGE TO PLAY GUITAR. BUT JIM COULD’NT FIX IT FOR ME…

I BOUGHT… AN OLD JUMBO ACCOUSTIC WITH AN ALTITUDINOUS ACTION, (A REAL FINGER SHREDDER)

A CHORD BOOK, SOME SHADOWS RECORDS, AND RETIRED TO MY BEDROOM FOR 2 YEARS.

THEN IN THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX OF 1981 I JOINED AXIS AS RHYTHM  PLAYER FOR TWO YEARS.

THEN FREEWHEELIN. (POP COVERS BAND)

CAPONE (PRONOUNCED CAPOWNE) NOT CAP 1,  OR CAPEON (ROCK AND POP)

TWILIGHT ZONE (POP COVERS)

TALISMAN (JAZZ FUNK POP ROCK)

PRISM (POP & ROCK COVERS)

EXPRESSION (60s 70s 80s COVERS)

RETIRED NEW YEARS EVE OF 1992 FOR ALMOST 13 YEARS.

 

GOT A PHONE CALL FROM EXPRESSION BASS MAN IAN PEARSON NOV 2005 SAYING YOU’VE GOT TO COME DOWN TO THE GREAT NORTHERN AT LANGLEY MILL THERE’S A REALLY GOOD JAM SESSION HAPPENS ON A THURSDAY NIGHT, THE BAND WERE, AND STILL ARE FAR CANAL.

http://www.farcanal.net/ WHOM I JOINED IN 2006 WHEN ALAN CLIFFORD EMIGRATED TO NEW ZEALAND. THE JAM SESSION SADLY ENDED JAN 3rd 2008.

 

EARLIER 2006 WHILE TALKING TO A MATE, WHO’S BAND WAS ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR SINGER.

I BLURTED OUT “I’LL HAVE A GO IF YOU WANT”, WENT UP TO MEET BOTH RUSS AND SIMON, AND FIREWIRE WAS BORN….

THE REST AS THEY SAY…

 

 

GEAR

 

2 x PEAVEY BANDIT (STUDIO PRO 112 TRANSTUBE)

DIGITECH RP50

KORG AX1500G

GIBSON SG

IBANEZ RG350DX

FENDER 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY STRAT (MILLER EDITION) 1954 - 2004

 

 

 

 

 

Sime

History

My Dad always wanted me to have a guitar or a drum kit for xmas, i wanted bikes, bows and arrows and fishing tackle. Then i slowly began to realise that girls couldn't be arsed how many of your friends you could jump on a Raleigh Grifter and that they weren't impressed by maggots or groundbait either. I also noticed that they did seem to like boys with guitars and i thought hey Dad maybe your not so daft after all. 

 Ha ha......then when i borrowed an acoustic guitar from a schoolfriend for the night and when he heard me attempting to tune it he announced "you will never be able to play that whilst i have an hole in my arse"....cheers Dad.... 

Thinking it might look rather funny to see him in a severely constipated state and not wanting to remain a virgin for ever i resolved to prove him wrong. Anyway.......as usual  he was right and i was wrong and he srill goes to the toilet to this day.................i lost my virginity to the girl who worked in the fishing tackle shop in repayment for mending her puncture.

My first performance was in Chesterfield town centre on a Xmas market day, busking with my friend Mark Bennett ( later to find fame with The Geeks and The Electric Fartknockers ). We played Shadows tunes to drunken fools who did silly dances slapped their thighs and each across the face and gave us lots of money. I was hooked and thought it might be a good idea to become a rock star.

 

Learned the introduction to Stairway to Heaven and Smoke on the Water and decided i was ready to join a band. 

Bands 

 Black Diamond

In After Fore

Mister Meaner

Jacob’s Ladder

Swallow aka The Wishing Chair 

Woody

Woody was  a little different; a six piece writing, recording and performing original material. Runners up in Derbyshire Times Band of The Year and winners of Mansfield Battle of the Bands. We did two studio mini CD’s/ Made in Hong Kong and… well in typical well organised Woody fashion… we split before the 2nd was officially named. Too many experiences to list but the memory of being very stoned in the back of a Luton van completely cocooned by amps, speakers and such-like still haunts my dreams.

There is also a rather good live recording - Woody Live at The Boardwalk.

Influences

Spirit, Beatles, Who, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Psychedelic Furs, ZZ Top, Zeppelin,

Jon Strong, Neil Young.

Guitars

Like all of them, but only ever played Fender Strats, Yamaha SA and SG Series.

Currently using a Yamaha SA2200 and a Yamaha APX10 electro-acoustic.

Also occasionally use the “Flying Bee”; a luthier made SG style electric that caught my eye on eBay cos it has loads of mother of pearl inlays of bees!!! Don’t ask. You really don’t want to know!!!

Sold my SA2200 and replaced it with an El Maya, a thru neck Japanese solid  body from the late 70s early 80s........it is gorgeous to play and sounds great to my ears at least. 

Thanks to Cat Bradley from Experience Guitars of Nottingham for restoring it for me, new Seymour Duncans

pickups installed and a total refret done for me. A superb job and thoroughly recommend their workmanship.

contact them on 0115 958 7403 or xperienceguitars@gmail.com

April 16th 2010 new addition to the collection, finally got the guitar I have always wanted aYamaha SG3000s.

It weighs a ton but plays like a dream, black sparkle.....mother of pearl binding oooooooh it's nice. 

 

Top 10 favourite tunes of all time

  • Like A Rolling Stone - Spirit version
  • Custard Pie - Led Zeppelin
  • Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
  • I Want You (She’s so Heavy) - The Beatles
  • Need You Tonight - ZZ Top
  • Man of Peace - Bob Dylan
  • Animals (whole album) - Pink Floyd
  • Heartbeat - Psychedelic Furs
  • Hotel California - The Eagles
  • Something There Is About You - Bob Dylan

That was extremely difficult and only reflects how I felt at the moment I wrote it... obviously changes all the time.

 

 

 

 

Russ

History

Played in bands since the early 1980's, playing with various bands and different line ups. These include:

  • Guilt - Rock originals
  • Trick or Treat - Rock cover clubs
  • Black Diamond - Club Band
  • In after Fore - Club covers & Originals
  • Jacobs Ladder - Club covers
  • Wishing chair - Club covers

All of the club bands were mostly rock based - from the Sweet to Status Quo, Queen, Led Zepplin, Dire Straits and Rolling Stones.

Equipment

Have used the same drum kit for the last twenty years (I know, I don't look like I could have had one for twenty years), Pearl export Chrome finish with a newish snare (two years), A Mapex Black Panther - Maple, cymbals are Paiste, Zildjian, Sabian.

2009, have purchased a nice shiny new drum kit, Mapex Pro M. Its blue and nice with chrome that shines, all the fittings work, it came with cases and everything. Its good. I like it.   Oh yeah it sounds pretty good too.         Update 2012 : I recently had some time with a stripper, eh, and removed the blue wrap to expose some rather nice wood, which I lovingly sanded, lacquered and buffed. So now the kit is presented in a high gloss, natural finish

Some fave songs include...

  • Prophet's Song - Queen
  • Battle of Evermore - Led Zep
  • Paper Sun - Def Lep
  • Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
  • Moth to a Flame - Thunder
  • Wonderous Stories - YES
  • Agadoo _ Black Lace

And there ya go. That hurt - having to think! Come and have a look at us play, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 Chris

History.

 

Started playing acoustic 6 string at school in the dark ages. After about a year boredom set in (There are only so many ways to play “the cat came back”). My buddies at that time decided to get a school band together. They all rushed out of the cave and bought electric 6 strings, drums and microphones so by the time I got my finger out, there was only the bass players job left. That was it, 4 strings for me. Struggled on for a few years with basses like Cricket bats and eventually managed to scrounge a few coppers together to by my first real bass, a fender jazz which is still my preferred weapon of choice today.

 

Via a few versions of the school band (Dressed Crab, Magnum – not that one ! and Exodus) I joined the original material rock band Sweet Tooth which after a year or so changed their name to No Tricks. We where pro for a while (Actually unemployed and just playing for a living) and apart from a brief departure by one member leaving us as a 3 piece for a while, gigged regularly for about 6 years.

 

No Tricks folded (No pun intended) and I moved on to join brothers Chris and Dick Comerie in “Fred Karnos Army”. A Power trio gigging in and around Nottingham. This ended when Chris decided to go and climb some mountains in the middle of frikkin nowhere  and buy / restore a house , also in the middle of frikkin nowhere.

 

I joined “Lurch” and we did the Nottingham circuit for a few years. I then Joined the Blues based Rock band “Ruf and Reddy” in 2006 and played frequently with them until the end of  2010.

 

I had a gap year which turned into a gap 6 weeks and to stop the dust from gathering I jammed / gigged with a group of good mates locally (AKA Big Fridge). In December 2011 the legend that is Colin Shaw put me in touch with Don from FireWire and the saga continues ... ... ...

 

Influences (Well a few of them) :-

 

Chris Squire

Jean-Jacques Burnel

Geddy Lee

Stanley Clarke

Monty Python

Neil Murray

Greene King Abbot

Jack Daniels - Honey

 

Favourite Songs (At time of going to press)

Give it away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Kings - No Tricks

Ruining with devil – Van Halen

Could you be loved – Bob Marley

Get the funk out – Extreme

Naked – Reef

Pressure and Time – Rival Sons

Big Trouble – Dave Lee Roth

Warning - Skindred

Easy - Faith No More

 

I could go on all night !!!!!!!!

 

Gear.

 

Vintage Fender Jazz Bass

Standard Fender Precision Bass

Warwick custom jazz 5 string

Peavy TNT combo with bright box

TC Electronics BG250-15 combo

Boss Flanger, SYB 5 synthesiser, Octaver, T-waha on loop station pedals (Oh and a Boss tuner. I find that helps!)

Zoom multi effects unit

Sharkfin super hard picks

 

 

 

 

 

JJ. Tombs.

EQUIPMENT:

Yamaha TRB6JP Basses

Schaller Strap Locks

Dr Marcus Miller Fat Beam Strings

Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Amp

PJB 6t & 9B Cabs

Korg Tuners

EV ND767 Microphone (sitting on a custom made mic stand)

Ev ZXA1 Monitor

My first bass was a Columbus Jass Bass copy and the last bass I purchased was an Xperience Guitars TRB7. There are numerous basses inbetween.

One of the most pivotal albums to influence my musical listening and playing was, and still is, Thin Lizzy,  Live and Dangerous.

                                       Jim - Bass  -  2007 - 2011
 
                             ANT - Bass (a founder member) - 2006-2007

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