Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand was recently interviewed by MusicRadar. During the course of the conversation, he talked about his partnership with the band's other axeman, Jim Root; his favorite song on the band's new album, House of Gold & Bones Part 1; the gear he uses in the studio; and more.
Says Josh about working with Jim, "Because our styles are so different, I think they complement one another. I'm all about the riffs! They usually come from me. I'm a very aggressive player. I live and thrive to do that kind of stuff. Jim loves to do all the texturing and layering of guitar tracks; I just want to play stuff that makes people want to beat somebody up! So it works out great."
Rand says his favorite song on House is "RU486," because "I've been wanting to record that style of song since I started. The idea was to pay homage to the bands that influenced me in that time period between '86 and '89: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax."
Regarding gear, he says, "Over the years I've figured out what works for me. The main amp was a Hughes & Kettner Triamp and I did a blend with a Soldano SLO100 head. My main guitars were my Ibanez SA custom shop stuff. I also used my LTD Truckster which I originally bought at the time of recording Come What(ever) May as a 'hotel room' guitar. The thing sounds ridiculous. Unfortunately, it's the most uncomfortable frickin' instrument that I own. But it sounds amazing."
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