We were like psychedelic folk combined with Sonic Youth's noise.
Well, I didn't really grow up playing or listening to metal, like many of the kids I went to school with. I only got into it in my late teens, so when Marilyn Manson formed, it was at a time when I was still excited about approaching music from that angle.
I just saw metal as another tool for me to use.
I'd played in about four or five bands before we started up, only a couple of which did club dates.
Micing it from two different angles in front of the speaker sounds huge, and it's so simple.
It all begins with the initial tone coming from the cabinet, but EQ at the board is very important.
I have about nine guitars in all, so obviously I'm into collecting.
We'll only be playing four new songs live, but all the material for the next album is basically finished.
We're approaching things quite differently this time, but it will still sound like Marilyn Manson.
It's great, because different groups of kids can laugh at each other and still enjoy the show.
Each member of the band has varied influences, and the same diversity is reflected in our fanbase.
I even have a Harmony Rocket and a Stratocaster with a scalloped neck back in Florida.
Experimenting with different sounds is great, but when it comes down to it, you're still playing a guitar.
Nobody seems to play Yamaha electrics, but it's the best guitar I own.
It's like tabloid news programs that talk about how horrible something is, while at the same time they're glorifying it as their top story.
If you make it sound too much like a synth, it will just sound like a guitar part played on a synth.
There are kids out there that are into Iron Maiden and others who are strictly into industrial music, but they come for the same reason; they all like us and they different things out of the band's music.
I'm happy with the way everyone presents themselves onstage.
We're playing the same songs, the same way, that we have for years.
What you hear about the band is always going to be more disturbing than any particular song.
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