It’s not easy being a new band, recording your first album, and touring non-stop. But for New Medicine having the right gear is an essential part of what makes this band tick.
Whether you’ve grabbed the bands debut album “Race You To The Bottom”, seen them out on the road rocking the Uproar Rockstar Stage, or are gearing up to watching them take some names opening for Avenged Sevenfold, there’s no missing New Med’s ambition.
If the bands infectious sound hasn’t doused your ears just yet it won’t be long before you’re searching Ultimate Guitar for guitarist Dan Garland
’s catchy guitar riffs.
Gibson Les Paul Smartwood Studio:
The Smartwood has an interesting tone as far as Gibson goes, as apposed to other Studio Les Pauls that are known for their thick, smooth sound, the attack on this - literal - hunk of wood is brighter and crisper.
“The Gibson Smartwood Les Paul Studio is definitely my favorite guitar - which at the time, was a new series when I got it a couple of years ago. I love it! It’s a natural wood finish - I’m actually thinking of dying it a little darker - but it sounds great. It’s got the humbucker pickups - 490R and 498T - and it’s my love.”
Fender American Telecaster Deluxe:
“I also play a American Fender Telecaster Delux. and it’s such a different sound from the Gibson but I couldn’t live without it.” With its two Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups, the American Deluxe has an awesome accurate noiseless vintage quality to its sounds. In Dan’s case it’s the perfect yin to the yang of his Smartwood.
“I use it for certain tones - it has very different tones from the Gibson but I know if I can’t get that sound out of my smartwood I can pick up my Fender and get that sound. I need both of them - plus they’re in different tunings! But I literally couldn’t make it through a show without both.”
Ernie Ball 11 and 12 gauge:
“I’ve been trying some new stuff - I’ve always played with Ernie Balls and I love those - but some people gave me some free strings - Dunlops - and the more and more I play the strings, at this point, it has become less important, as to what brand I use because I just need clean strings - and I have really dirty hands. So I take what’s available. At our level as a band, I haven’t played anything terrible. But if I have a choice, it’s Ernie Ball. For my Tele I use 12-56 gauge and then on my Gibson’s I use 11s”
On Writing the song “Sun Goes Down”
“When we get into the studio they have all these really expensive guitars and so we obviously go gung ho and get all excited about playing those. We always want to go in and play the most expensive and coolest looking guitar we can, but in the end it’s really about what fits the track, sound wise. I can’t remember exactly which guitar I used on it but it’s definitely a fender - possibly a telecaster. But it’s also in an open tuning - Open C - so it makes the chords sound huge, bigger than life!
“It’s just beautiful and we wrote that and originally, we wrote it in standard, and we just said “Let’s blow this thing up and tune it to open C just like “Little Sister”.
“We wrote “Little Sister” in Open C but with “Sun Goes Down” it kind of evolved and transferred into that. It’s definitely a bright sound and pretty twangy, guitar wise.”
“You know, my very first guitar, I did name it. It was a black Dixon Guitar - my mom’s friend gave it to me - and I named it Sid because I had a crazy man-crush/obsession with Sid Vicious my whole life. And so it was this black guitar and everyone did stickers but I thought it was cooler to tattoo it and so I took a knife and carved it in there. I was kid at the time and I didn’t play that well and destroying guitars was cool to me. My friend still has it and I have to go steal it back! It’s one thing I will take back! I loved that guitar but I haven’t named any of my new ones!”
“I think I’ll name my Gibson Woody and then maybe name my Tele Sunshine. That’s off the top of my head, but I don’t ever say anything unless I’m happy with it. I wouldn’t name anything unless I love it. Like naming a song, you have to get it right, it’s important. Sunshine will work…for now…till I change it.”
Orange Rocker 30 head and Marshall 1960 Marshall 4x12 cab:
With its very hifi-ish, but natural sound the Orange Rocker is perfect for coupling with his 1960 Marshall cab for Dan because the single stage preamp provides loads of clean headroom that allows him to create that clean, bright New Med’s sound.
“I love my Orange amp head! It really lets me get in there and just create the tones I want right through it.”
“Old school punk rock, you know I’m a big Sid Vicious fan, so that of course plays into my style as a guitartist. But at the same time growing up I had all this pop and rock music around and a lot of Blink 182. Actually Blink 182 and Fenix TX - that was actually the first show I ever went to, and I had met the lead singers girlfriend through Ebay (I bought something from her) and so at the show I met everyone and I went out on stage with Fenix TX and Blink 182 and was just hanging - so ever since the beginning I’ve kind of been in the the middle of it all.
“Backstage, in the crowd, with the bands, watching the bands; it’s where I belong; it’s where I’m comfortable. I don’t care if I’m working or watching. A show is a show and where ever you’re standing you’re going to have fun and take something away, as long as you love music!
“So all different kinds of music has influenced the way I play. The more music I’m exposed to - Tom Petty, this embarrassing crush on Ke$ha and her music I have, Incubus, My Chemical Romance - it all plays a part. I think my roots are rocknroll but I just have all these weird little niches that I love.”
By Kristin Tully