Last week, we gave you the first installment of Completely Covered Series Two, from guitarist extraordinaire, James Biehn. Now, after last week's more traditional take on our cover song, we take it in an entirely different direction with Waterloo-based industrial act, Microwaved. But first, a chat with Microwaved mastermind, Gabe Wilkinson.
Band Bombshell: Did you enjoy the process involved here?
Wilkinson: I did. I actually wanted to do it a little bit differently than how it actually came out, but I couldn't find a guitar player to work with, who could do the things I wanted done. So I just did it all myself.
Did it take you long to find your direction with it?
I kind of had an idea what I wanted to do from the beginning. I wanted to make it more my style, obviously. I wanted to bring in the BB King blues element, but also create the chaos of the music that I normally make on my own.
Was it difficult for you?
Not really. It could have been more involved, But when I couldn't find a guitar player, I went in a different direction.
So how did that direction change?
It changed what I expected it to sound like. Originally, I wanted a nice blending of electronics and live playing, but since I couldn't find the guitar player that I wanted, I went with more of a heavier, straight electronic sound.
Had you done covers before?
Yes. I like to work on covers on my free time. Covers give me a chance to listen to what other people do and gives me ideas about putting structure together. When you sit down with a Prince song — who I think is one of the greatest artists of all time — and see how he puts his songs together, it's really helpful.
Are you happy with the end result?
I'm happier with this one than I think I would have otherwise been. I think the original vision I had in my head was too safe, and this final version is far more me and the kind of artist I am.
Were you a fan of the song originally?
Yeah. I had a blast with this. The "Rattle and Hum" album is one of my favorite albums ever. It was torn apart by the press at the time, because people thought it was over indulgent. U2 was really starting to cross over into the mainstream then, and a lot of critics thought it was too early in their careers to have this big of a live album. Also, BB King was a huge influence on me musically.
Can you see yourself playing your version live?
Oh, that would be cool. But I don't know if I could do it proper justice. If I can figure that out, Yeah.