Getting A Screaming Tone With Boss & Gallows
Win A Signed Boss ST-2 Distortion
Their eponymous third album was one of our favourites from 2012, blending the mid rangey aggression and super saturated sound of modern hardcore with some classically British, acerbic punk attitude. Their guitarist Laurent Bernard (aka Lags) spoke to Roland recently to explain how he get's his tone using Boss pedals.
Keeping things simple he uses a Boss GE-7 with mids boosted and treble/bass cut for when things really kick off and you need a seriously cutting tone. There's a Boss Delay too as well as pedal board essentials, the Boss TU-2 tuner and a Noise Suppressor.
This combination is ideal for Lags' favoured mid ranged, open but gnarly tone. Combined with a Strat and cranked British style amp you get a phenomenal punk tone with definition and aggression in spades. We can also see a Roland GA-212 being used in the video.
Lags has also signed one of his favourite Boss pedals and it's being given away in a competition that you can enter here!
So that's the ST-2 and GE-7 pedals that can give you spiky punk distotion, open crunch or full on mid range brutality. But the church of tone is a broad one so how might you achieve some other distorted tones with Boss?
If you need a crushing metal tone right out the box then the Metal Core ML-2 is for you. A huge range of tonal options exist to get you mid heavy, thrash grind or scooped Nu-Metal.
Or course you might already have a huge metal stack that delivers bone crushing gain. In that case a gentle kick from an overdrive help shape your tone before the amp. Zakk Wylde did this for many years, as did Van Halen when playing live.
The SD-1 can focus your mids and just bring things into focus, of course you can also use it to push your lead breaks.
With post rock it's all about the FX and while a driven amp is certainly a good thing you really want a tone warping pedal for this quite-loud transitions. The Metal Zone has oodles of control and can certainly do wall of sound distortion.