How do you approach song arrangements when translating songs from their original versions to their acoustic versions?
If a song is good, it’s going to be good acoustic. It’s going to be really good acoustic. A good song is going to sound better acoustic than it will with a band.
Yeah, and I think that’s because you notice the nuances of the melody more than you would if you had to hear a bunch of cymbals and guitar and bass covering it up. You really notice how good the song actually is. Like the Foo Fighters…the acoustic version of that one song…
Yeah, “Everlong.” It’s so much better acoustic than it is with the band. Well, maybe it doesn’t sound “better” that way because, I mean, it is a rock song. But you definitely notice how good it really is.
Since you brought up the Foo Fighters, tell me about [current Foo Fighters guitarist] Chris Shiflett, who was in your band for close to five years. What did he bring to NUFAN that other guitarists haven’t? Do you guys still keep in touch?
He’s just one of those natural guys, one of those “ringers”, you know? He listens and plays by ear – all ear. He has an incredible sense of hearing. He’s a guy that can jump in and play with any band. The first time he played with us, it was like “Ok, we’re playing our songs with this guy who is better than everybody else…” (laughs) I still keep in touch with him when I can. He’s a busy guy. He does his solo thing when he’s not doing Foo Fighters stuff. I don’t know if he does [Me First and the Gimme] Gimmes stuff anymore. But yeah, we exchanged a few emails and did some acoustic shows together in 2010.
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