By Sebastián Chacana Apr 22. 2019

As soon as I spent an afternoon playing the Duality, I felt like it was the one

The Darkglass family isn’t formed by just rockers: Soul music is also present in the form of St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Fresh off the release of “Young Sick Camellia” at the end of 2018, this American eight-piece is currently taking over the world with a series of concerts to promote the album all the way to September.

Bass player Jesse Thomas Phillips seizes the great moment the band is living with its latest release. “The response to the new record has been great” he tells us, “it was a new direction for us, so we’re happy it’s been embraced by most of our old fans and helped make new ones”. The new record has also made waves online: “It’s been our most quickly and heavily consumed record via streaming, although that’s likely emblematic of the entire industry’s direction”.

That good response has also been live. “We’ve always been known as a band to see live” Jesse shares, as the group is well-known for its energetic performances, “building the show is fun, shaping the energy to have a narrative arc it’s almost like writing a story or a script”. This year, a lot more people will be able to see them perform: “We’ll be headed to Japan for the first time, and by the end of 2019 we’ll have done gigs in all but 4 American states, including Alaska and Hawaii”.

Since the beginning of 2019, our Duality Fuzz has been part of Jesse’s pedalboard.“As soon as I spent an afternoon playing the Duality, I felt like it was the one” he shares about his first experience. “4 knobs, all kinds of easy tones at the fingertips, can get super bitey and synthy and abrasive or stay pretty rich with a little moss buried in the background, and all points in between” Jesse adds, “I can indulge my stoner/doom/sludge fantasies with a twist of a knob but can dial it back easily into the realm for heavy R&B moments”.

He even shares his own settings: “I’ve got an envelope, an octave, and a compressor” Jesse explains, “all that feeds my Noble DI and then either to my Microtubes 900 head or an SVT, and whatever the bass du jour is, as I’ve been playing Moollon and Serek basses recently”. “For shows, I run Blend and Duality around 12 o’clock, and then Level and Filter around 9 o’clock, depending on how things are feeling in the room” he adds, “I’m really looking forward to doing more recording with it, though, cause I’ve gotten all kinds of super cool sounds at home on demos when I let it off the leash”.