Hello local readers! First of all, thank you so much for all the love and support on my “crash course” cruise through my first article. I honestly would never have guessed that you all would be so interested. That said, let’s get to it!
As you may have read in the conclusion of my last article, my second victim for Gear View Mirror was going to be Jason Schumacher [lead vocals, rhythm guitar] of Evoked. I decided to double up on this band because their stage sound is tight and full, but their gear couldn’t be more different.
With inspirations that range from Iron Maiden and Megadeth, to Bullet For My Valentine and H.I.M., Jason brings a broad frame of mind to the dynamic of Evoked.
Embraced ever so neatly in his hand made stage rack (equipped with badass Decepticon decals) is a semi-rare sight: a Rivera halfstack. Used by Mick Thomson of Slipknot, Rivera wasn’t entirely unknown to me, but I had never seen one live before. As Jason paused from hauling gear into their trailer he gave me a tour of his beastly rack (that even has a mount for his pedalboard–can’t say he hasn’t thought of everything!) I comment on the innovation and common interest in keeping everything mobile and accessible but all in one tight package. He quickly replies with “Yeah… my guys hate it hahaha!!”
Starting at the top with his interesting Rivera L09B 55 watt tube Amplifier, this gem has great tone and everything you need to get the job done. Using his FX loop for an additional bag of tricks, there was definitely an understanding as to why he chose this brand of amplifier.
As if building your own rack isn’t cool enough, Jason’s matching Rivera speaker cabinet runs vintage Celestion speakers for that classic thrash tone, and an additional 300 watt subwoofer that he has powered separately. I personally thought that was an especially cool feature, considering he is a rhythm player, giving that extra low punch really lets the leads do their part without pulling away from the rhythm section.
Running through the clean channel on the amplifier allows Jason to get the most accurate tone possible out of his Zoom G7.1 Effects console. “As a rhythm player I like to keep it straightforward with my setup. One board… one channel…that’s it,” he explains as he straps the single board to the back of his rack.
Jason’s axe of choice is the Schecter “Hellraiser V”. As expected, it rocks active 8581 EMG pickups and a Floyd Rose bridge.
Last but not least, he has a mounted an Audio Technica microphone to capture the extra low end that the cabinet pushes through.
Thanks again for checking out this weeks article of “Gear view mirror”. Get your local scoop on the gear musicians near you! Next week I will be pilfering through the vigorous gauntlet of gear owned by my personal friend and brother in arms: Gary Vandenberg.
Stay tuned for a special sneak peek at a really cool drummer with a really nice rack.
Thrash fast and headbang hard!
Concert photos: Emily Maehem Photography