On April 23, the world was introduced to the savage sound of Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, Rob Zombie’s fifth studio album. Almost four months after the release, listeners are still recovering from the hellacious ride that Zombie and Co. created.
One reason for the album’s maintained hype and admiration stems from Zombie’s guitarist John Lowery. Best known by his stage name, John 5, the virtuosic rocker has shared the stage with both David Lee Roth and Marilyn Manson. Now, nearing his eighth year playing with Zombie’s band, Lowery shows no signs of slowing down.
He recently sat down with Guitarist magazine to discuss the new album and the gear he picked to record it.
“I mostly used my Telecasters that I always use,” Lowery explained when asked about recording Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. “I think the whole record sounds really raw – it’s just played aggressively, and has that aggressive feel, and I like that a lot.”
Lowery also noted hidden tricks he used on the record.
“There’s a song called ‘Teenage Nosferatu Pussy,’” and there is a part after the second chorus that sounds like a slide lick, which is one of those overdubs Rob was after. But instead of a slide, it has a rolling motion and the note never dies out. What I did is, I took a quarter and on the sides of the quarter there are little ridges – so I rolled that across the correct fret so it made a note, and that note never dies.”
You can pick up the digital edition here and watch John 5 in action with his new signature Squier Telecaster in Frost Gold below.