ABOUT THE BAND

BAND BIO

One guitar, one voice, one bass, one drummer. The essential tools. These are what allow Badlands Trio to craft songs that are at their core instrumentation, even as they glide through the sounds of Rock, Americana, Jazz, and Country.

In early 2007, three musicians got together for a jam session. The idea was to get together once, run a few songs, and then decide what other instruments to add to the mix. After a single session, however, they realized that they had stumbled upon something big: the stripped down purity of a trio. The trio would allow them to focus on the essential tools of the art while minimizing the convolution of politics, egos, and sound that often arise in larger bands. Badlands Trio was born, and with it came a musical intimacy none of the members had experienced before.

Badlands Trio is Josh Worden on guitar and voice, Michael Valenzano on bass, and Peter Miles on drums. Working together, the three collectively shape their music. Miles says, "We put the songs on a table and sculpt them like clay. We shape them, step back, and shape them again." The resulting songs are stripped to their bare bones, reflective, exposed, and raw.

GEAR DETAILS

JOSH PLAYS:

  • Guitars - American Deluxe Ash Tele, Ibanez AS120, 1974 Takamine F-360S, The Gumby-Green Yardsale Guitar
  • Amps - Fender Hot Rod Deville 4x10, Peavey Classic 30, Gibson Skylark
  • FX - Electro-Harmonix Q-tron, Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion, Boss RE-20 Space Echo, Boss RC-20 Loop Station, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Boss TU-2 Tuner

MIKE PLAYS:

  • Bass - 1977 Fender Musicmaster, 1980 Guild B-301
  • Amp - Gallien Krueger 700RB, 2 1x12 Aguilar Cabinets
  • FX - Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, Boss OC-2 Octave Pedal, Boss TU-2 Tuner

PETER PLAYS:

  • Click here for a layout of Pete's entire kit
  • Drums: - 20x17.5" Sonor Bass Drum, 14x6" DW Edge Snare, 12x10" Gretsch Tom, 14x14" Gretsch Floor Tom, 16x16" Sonor Floor Tom, Tamborine
  • Cymbals: - Sabian HHX Groove Hats 14", Artisan Light Ride 20", HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash 18", Artisan Medium Ride 22", Fierce Crash 18", HH Thin Crash 16" (Peter Miles plays Sabian cymbals exclusively)
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