What about when someone comes up and asks for an autograph, are you used to that yet?
C: Not really to be honest. For us we are lucky enough to be in a well known band but we can freely walk around the streets and mostly go under the radar, but when someone does come up to you and taps you on the shoulder you suddenly remember and it’s a pretty cool experience.
What does Marshall Amps mean to you?
M: It’s one of the starting foundations of playing guitar, you think people like Jimi Hendrix with a big Marshall stack and it’s iconic. It’s one of the most known guitar brands to this day still and I think they’ve led a lot of people into playing music loud!
C: To go back to the last question the first time I ever owned a stack, proper head and cab it was like ‘oh my god, this is it!’ and that’s Marshall in a nutshell isn’t it?
M: Well even getting in the Marshall studio and getting to try equipment out. For us when we were 17 or 18 and Marshall invited us along and it was like ‘oh my god we’re being invited to Marshall to play and try their amps?!’.
It’s madness because we come from an age of buying broken second-hand gear and trying to get it to work in the early days, then you have Marshall come along and say ‘welcome, come on in’. Marshall over the years have looked after Chris and myself very well. Sometimes we’ll stray away from Marshall but you always find yourself coming back. I always find myself going back to my Bluesbreaker at home and playing through that.
C: For me every session there’s always a JCM800.
M: And a JTM45! They are staple amps and you know what you’re going to get out of them. You think ‘what am I looking for then?’ and when you’ve figured that out you just go straight to Marshall.