Raining Caterpillars (Rough Mix)
Doing the Diablo Project CD led me to make the final leap into sideman work. It was these sessions where I was able to test out my on-the-fly writing skills, continue my effects experimentation tenfold, and eventually lead the band through some of my first freely improvised gigs (***). “Raining Caterpillars”–a name Jai came up with on the spot as well that I eventually succombed to–was recorded with several tracks. Besides a squeaky clean tracks consisting of my ’73 Strat, there was a pass with a Micro Synth, another with a house wah pedal that was so terrible, I had to use it.The crown jewel was the original Whammy pedal I was borrowing, which is where I first combined a Whammy with a Z.Vex Fuzz Factory–and the rest is history. The sci-fi melody was played with an eBow and a slide through the aforementioned chain. Little did I know this tune would do so much for me like putting my sounds on several MTV shows including Real World Seattle and VH-1 Bands on the Run as well as becoming a staple in my later trio sets with guys like Keith Carlock and Rodney Holmes.
Another DL-4 induced tune, “Molotov” also features a Lovetone Meatball with a homemade fuzz pedal made by my pedal tech Gus Smalley that was designed specifically for the Meatball’s ingenius effects loop. I disengaged the Meatball’s envelope follower and just used the pedal as a static filter for the riffs. The trem is a Lovetone Wobulator and all the tracks were my trusty ’73 Strat including that delicious GmMaj9 at the end.