Pretty In Stereo

May 11, 2006

What do you admire about each other’s playing?

Fullwood: Natalie is really good at writing pop songs, and she has a library of riffs that are just amazing. There are some people you can jam with right off the bat—you just flow—and that’s how Natalie and I relate. She puts out some really good pop guitar, and I put in the heavier, more hardcore sounds.

Poole: We feed off each other really well. If I play something, she comes in with something that fits. Or if she plays something, I’ll come in with something that fits. We definitely have chemistry.

What is your ideal guitar tone?

Poole: Non-processed, non-digitized, raw, and organic. I like sounds that are full and warm, and not too distorted. I don’t like a lot of effects.

What kind of gear do you use?

Poole: I use a Gibson Les Paul Classic 1960 reissue, a Matamp GTL-100 head, a ’78 Marshall 4x12, a Boss tuner, Ernie Ball strings—a .010 set—and a Dunlop .6mm pick. That’s it.

Fullwood: I have a Gibson SG and a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier, and I use DR strings and Dunlop picks.

What types of music have influenced your styles? 

Poole: I’m really turned on by melodic guitar bands. I love it when you can hum along with the guitar and vocal melodies, and I always hear that in bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Trouble Charger, and the Pixies.

Fullwood: Saves the Day pretty much made me want to be in a band, and they continue to influence how I write and play.

What advice would you give to aspiring female guitar players?

Fullwood: Keep playing! And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Just go for it, and do it better than the boys! Don’t just try to be “female” good—be ten times better than anyone. And don’t wear heels onstage [laughs].

Have you faced any major challenges being female artists in the music industry?

Poole: Just the stigma of being a girl band. Some people think that there’s going to be drama, or that we’re going to suck. And then there are always the people who say things like, “You’re pretty good for being girls.”

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