NED’S ACOUSTIC DUSTBIN
It’s 8th November – Happy Birthday Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – now meet Ned’s Acoustic Dustbin!
Twin bass indie-rock band Ned’s Atomic Dustbin* formed 32 years ago to the day and became the third wave of successful Stourbridge band following in the footsteps of Pop Will Eat Itself and The Wonder Stuff.
Fast forward to September 2017 and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin were about to announce their first UK tour for 28 years with Stourbridge mates The Wonder Stuff. Miles and Erica from TWS were ready to play acoustically for a live Facebook broadcast to make the announcement, so Miles suggested that Neds play a couple of their songs acoustically too.
“We don’t do acoustic” says Jonn.
“We don’t do acoustic” says Rat.
“I’ll play guitar for you Jonn” says Miles, cunningly.
“No, I’ll play guitar!” says Rat.
Ned’s Acoustic Dustbin was born.
Jonn hates to hear his voice laid bare, Rat was never a fan of playing acoustic guitar – he’s the noise monger, the guy with infinite delay, chunky distortion and a wrist that does 200rpm.
How on earth do you squeeze the essence out of songs written with Alex and Mat’s two bass guitars and Rat’s effect-laden sound? Take away Dan’s drums too?
Rat likes a challenge. He has got the acoustic bug – you can hear it in spades through these masterful interpretations.
Rat says “I soon realised that acoustics don’t go to 11 but at least it spared the neighbours the initial butchery of the tunes.
Of course, it did give me justification for buying a new guitar and, while selecting said acoustic, I discovered that playing Stairway To Heaven is still frowned upon in guitar stores!”
Jonn says “I just do what I’ve always done and bawl it out the same as I do with the full band behind me – I’m lucky enough to have my parts already written 30 years ago! It’s terrifying but I’m loving the intimacy of playing this way – almost nose to nose with the fans”.
Now Miles has bullied them into recording 14 songs in 4 days at the foot of the Long Mynd and somehow, he’s captured this Ned’s Acoustic vitality with aplomb.