We caught up Mumbai-based punk rock trio The Lightyears Explode at Antisocial, Mumbai to check out the gear they use. The band was playing a gig as part of a triple bill which featured heavy rock group Switcheroo (from Bangalore) and alternative rock band Last Remaining Light.

Guitar player and frontman Saurabh Roy uses his Fender Highway One Stratocaster. The instrument has been modified with a Lindy Fralin Pure P.A.F. covered bridge humbucker and Schaller locking tuners for stability as the guitarist tends to “hit hard”. For floor effects, the guitarist is using a Korg Pitchblack tuner, a Maxon OD9 overdrive, into a Boss DD7 delay set to a slap-back delay, into TC Electronic Nova System with compression, modulation and tapped delay. The guitarist carries an Egnater Tweaker 40 to gigs and plugs into a house Marshall 1960s 4×12. The guitarist uses 10-46 D’addario strings.

Bass player and backing singer Shalom Benjamin uses his stock Fender Highway One 4-string Jazz bass along with a few floor effect units. For floor effects, he uses a Korg Pitchblack tuner, Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver DI as his foundation tone, along with an Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff for a few songs into a house Hartke 4×10 bass combo amp. The bassist uses 40-95 D’addario bass strings.

Both frontmen have nitrocellulose finished instruments. All wear on their instruments is through playing and touring and is not artificial. The band usually plays in standard tuning, but also uses drop D for a few songs.

Drummer and backing singer Jeremy D’souza was using the house Pearl Master’s kit at this gig along with a collection of Meinl cymbals which included 14″ Vintage Sand Hats, 16″ Byzance crash, a 20″ Vintage Sand Ride, and an 18″ Extra-Dry China. The drummer uses a snare made by an American boutique drum company called Outlaw. The 14″x7″ Outlaw Stave snare has a black satin red oak shell with an Evans drumhead on top. The drummer also uses sticks made by Vater Percussion.

The band usually tours with singer-songwriter Jishnu Guha on guitars and backing vocals, but were playing as a three piece at this gig due to scheduling conflicts.

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