Adestria kicks off this August 2011 gig at the
Bottom Lounge in Chicago with a ruckus, maintaining a totally pro and upbeat performance
despite the stunning lethargy from the small
crowd—which was clearly made up of a lot of
kids waiting for the headlining act.
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- Intro & With the Wind to Your Back (Live in
Klein nails blistering arpeggios starting at 0: 30,
just before the vocals begin.
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This Ship, a Coffin (Live in Chicago, IL)
Several songs into the same Bottom Lounge set,
Adestria finally breaks through to the shy, reserved kids in attendance. Singer Matt Anderson
beseeches them all to get moving, and Stump
actually reaches out and pushes a couple of kids
in the front row—prompting a bona fide mosh.
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Compromised (Live in Chicago, IL)
Klein: Right now Brian and I
both use ESP LTDs. I’ve got
an LTD Viper 1000. They’re
not quite the custom ones, but
they’re a little over a $1,000
brand new. We’re working on
getting an endorsement from a
couple of different guitar com-
panies, something a little more
Stump: Mine has a Les Paul-
like body and is flat black, with
EMG pickups. The EMGs are
like butter—they pick stuff up
a lot better. I’ve never really
messed around with a whole
lot outside of EMGs. I just
picked it up and loved it from
the beginning. I don’t feel like I
need to change anything.
Yeah, EMGs do pick up a lot
Klein: When we were record-
ing, the EMGs picked up so
much from the open strings
that we had to tape those
Do you do that live, too?
Klein: No, not live—it’s pretty
much indistinguishable live.
Klein: Right now, I have a
Peavey JSX with a 5150 cab.
Stump: I use an EVH 5150 III.
It’s got 6L6 power tubes, which
give it an incredible tone.
Do you guys EQ your amps
differently to differentiate
your parts, or do you set them
similarly to create one big
wall of sound?
Stump: My amps usually are set
with a little more low end. But,
in general, our tones are pretty
close. We don’t want it sound-
ing off balance and lopsided.
How about the oft-overlooked
components of tone, like
strings and picks?
Klein: My favorite picks are
1. 14 mm Snarling Dogs Brain
Picks. They’re really thick and
have a special grip on them,
which I like because I get pretty
sweaty when I play and lose
traction sometimes. And we’re
both using Dean Markley Blue
Steels strings, .011–.052.
Stump: We’re looking into
thickening the gauge, though,
just to give it a little more beef.
But right now it’s kind of like,
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” As
far as picks, I don’t know why
but I can’t play on anything
except those grippy nylons. I
guess I’m just spoiled because
I started from day one with
them. Anything else just kind
of strains my fingers. I like the
nylon .88s—they have a little
bit of flex, but aren’t too flimsy.
Russell, a lot of shredders like
light-gauge strings to facilitate
speedy lines. Are you still able
to easily shred with the .011s
Klein: Yeah. A lot of people use
even thicker strings than that.
This is actually a thin gauge for
our style of music. I know a lot
of people use .012–.056.
Judging by some of your
promo videos—where you’re
downing a lot of shots—you
guys party pretty hard. How
do you keep it together play-
ing music this difficult with
alcohol-impaired motor skills?
Klein: We’re pretty strict about
not partying before we play, and
we’re really good at not doing
too much beforehand. After
we play, we go absolutely nuts,
but beforehand we might do a
drink or two together just to
ease the nerves.
Klein: Rule number one for
me is: Keep your head straight
until after you play. You’ll play
a better show. Everyone’s on the
same page about that. We enjoy
partying, but we don’t want to
project that image ... maybe our
videos are doing a pretty poor
job. We don’t want to project
an overly party-band image,
because a lot of kids come out
to our shows and I don’t want
to be coming up to them smell-
ing like booze, totally trashed,
and making an idiot of myself.
We do party, but we try to keep
it at a level—at least at shows—
where it’s very controlled.
Klein: I’ve played shows where
I’ve partied a little bit before-
hand and I wasn’t happy with
my performance. We’ve all
done the same thing but, if
we’re not in the right state of
mind, we’re just not happy with
ourselves—because we’re our
own worst critics.
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