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with New world SoN By Caroline Lusk
New World Son shot out of Canada like a lightning bolt.
Their funky, rhythmic sounds lit up the industry and
continue to fill churches and auditoriums around the
world. With a vibe all their own, CCM caught up with the
guys to hear first hand how the gear they use makes it
CCM: Your sound is so distinct. Tell us about your
instrumentation. How many pieces do you have on stage or
in the studio at any one time?
Surprisingly all that noise comes from just four guys.
We’re a pretty straight ahead combo: drums, guitar, keys
and bass. In fact, Josh [Toal, guitar] doesn’t even have a
back-up guitar on stage. In the studio, Joel [Parisien, keys]
plays a variety of vintage instruments like a Hammond
Organ, Hohner Clavinet and Fender Rhodes electric piano
as well as a Yamaha upright acoustic piano. All of those
textures he recreates live with his Clavia Nord Electro 2
CCM: Do you think there is one instrument or group of that
defines your sound?
Rich’s [Moore, bass] electric upright bass is definitely the
instrument that receives the most attention at shows and
gives us a unique, signature sound as well. It’s made by
Yamaha and it’s called a Silent Bass (SLB200).
CCM: Do you have a favorite brand of inner ears? Guitar?
Percussion? Any thing else in particular?
We’re all very fond of our Future Sonics single-driver in-
ears. Josh is endorsed by PRS guitars and plays a Starla
X. Mark [Rogers, drums] proudly endorses Yamaha drums
and Sabian cymbals. Lately Rich is excited to be playing
Genz Benz amps; in particular the Shuttle 9.0 Bass head.
It’s 900 watts and only weighs 4lbs! It will fit into a carry-
on for flying too.
CCM: What’s the most challenging/fun part of pulling off
your live show?
The most challenging part of playing live is staying within
our time limit. The fun part is all the unexpected stuff that
BreakiNg it dowN
Instrument: Yamaha Silent Bass (Electric Upright Bass)
Brand: Yamaha SLB200
Specs: Relic Custom ‘50s Stratocaster
Pros: Great tone, semi-hollow chamber which gives
it more of a traditional upright sound, easy to fly/
Cons: None so far
Price Range: $3000.00 (roughly)
How to Purchase: Yamaha dealer/music store/online
Rich Moore playing his Yamaha Silent Bass