Thinking back, Post Pulse must be the first band that I’ve been involved with where I’m the only guitarist. When we decided to do it this way, my goal was to write and perform our music with just one guitar and no layers of leads, solos or riff’s. I have to say that my love for chords helped me out here a lot.
I’ve always loved trio’s. I know, there’s four of us, but still, there’s only three of us handling our instruments. Okay, I know Doe’s voice is his instrument but you get the point, right? In my opinion with a trio you can really build the groove and let the overall sound breathe. There’s a lot of things that you can’t do with a trio sound-wise, but on the other hand there’s also so many options, space and freedom when doing it this way.
First, I thought that I needed to somehow fill the wall of rhythm and lead guitars at the same time. Luckily I pretty soon discovered that our brilliant bass player Sam is taking care of the leads so all I have to take care of is grooving riffs and throw a solo here and there. I’ve always loved doing leads on riff’s but usually I’ve also wrote the riff under that lead so I can’t say which one I prefer better.
When you listen our tracks, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not the fact that there’s only one layer of guitar, one riff at a time. Metal doesn’t have to be filled with layers of riffs and lead’s, it’s the song that matters. Yes, I do love layers and huge sound but as long as it works I don’t care how it’s done. My goal was to sound the same on an album that we do live. Actually, we paid attention to this in every aspect. When you hear guitar, it’s just one instrument, when you hear doubled vocals it’s Doe and I doing it the way that we will perform it live.
These days, writing music for one guitar comes out naturally for me. I don’t think about it at all anymore. I know it works for us, it’s the Post Pulse sound, and I hope it works for you too.
Keep it metal!