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Rigs of Dad Prodcast

Jul 1, 2022

Bill Howerdel already has an immense and celebrated resume for his work in A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide, yet he still manages to push creative boundaries beyond the scope of most guitarists, and he is doing it across the sonic spectrum with his debut solo album "What Normal Was".

Ross and Bill discuss the instrumentation, arrangements, orchestration of this new album, and what it's like to take these songs out on the road.  We talk about how Bill approaches the writing for different projects, we talk about teching for Nine Inch Nails, we talk about the evolution of his gear, and what secrets he has and strategies he implements when writing.

There is a bonus episode this week over at the Rigs of Dad Patreon Page where you can also hear more unedited, ad-free interviews with previous guests, patreon exclusives, and beyond! PLUS early access to other episodes!

My band Burial Waves is playing with Jawbox (!!!!) July 23rd at The Black Cat in DC.  GET TICKETS as that will sell out! AND we will be playing with Cave In 8/4 at The Ottobar in Baltimore.

Ian's got some tunes you need to scope at The Interesting Times Gang bandcamp

Big shout out to the homies at Take care of yourself.  Look good, smell good, and feel good.  Treat your body and neighbor's nose with love using Shear Revival!  Use the code CLEANTONE10 to get 10% off your next order!  

Head over to Age of Ruin's Instagram and dive into some of the best thrash I have ever heard.  Their new album is coming soon.  It's produced by Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour and is just a relentless and refreshing metal cleanse. And be sure to check out their new live video from [hate5six] here.

Huge loves to the incredible Sacha Dunable from Dunable Guitars.  The guys is building the absolute BEST axes in the game and I am a firm believer that EVERYONE needs to own one.  Check out if you need some real tone in your life.

Much love to the fine folks at Custom District Pedalboards for allowing me to pack the heaviest tones on the lightest boards.  Get yours over at

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