Spod
noun, British informal 

noun: spod; plural noun: spods 

1. a dull or socially inept person, especially someone who is excessively studious. 

"surfing the Net is a popular late-night pastime for spods

Also: A spod, sometimes called a bait rocket is used in fishing

This is the second in our series of who played/used what in detail. Here are credits and a breakdown of the equipment on each track of 'Benches'.

A chilly day in the studio, but my cockles were toasty warm.

A chilly day in the studio, but my cockles were toasty warm.

On the tracks with drums, Kate played a Pearl Reference kit with either a 10" and/or 12" rack tom plus 16" floor tom, 22" kick, Ludwig 14" x 5.5" Black Beauty snare. Cymbals are KZildjian 20" bright ride, KZildjian Constantinople 18" crash, KZildjian Custom Hybrid 17" crash, Sabian 14" fast crash, Sabian splash and KZildjian Hybrid 131/4" HiHats.

Track 1. Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic. Bass: Lakland 5 string bass. Synth parts created with Spectrasonics Omnisphere software. Percussion: Tambourine.

John Steel: Guitars - 1973 blonde Fender Telecaster deluxe, blonde Fender1972 re-issue Stratocaster, Gretch Chet Atkins through a Cornell Voyager 20 watt combo. Martin 000C-16GTE acoustic. Organ - Logic EVB3 soft-synth through Hohner rotary cabinet.

Track 2: What's The Worst That Can Happen?

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic. Bass - Lakland 5 string bass. Piano - Synthology Ivory software. Synth parts created with Spectrasonics Omnisphere software. Percussion - tambourine, finger cymbals, shaker.

John Steel: Guitars: blonde Fender1972 re-issue Stratocaster (through Hohner rotary cabinet in middle section), Gretch Chet Atkins through a Cornell Voyager 20 watt combo. Martin 000C-16GTE acoustic.

John in Strat mode.

John in Strat mode.

Track 3: Benches

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals - AKG C414 XLS microphone. Bass - Lakland 5 string bass. Guitar: Nylon strung Takamine Hirade TH90. Piano - Synthology Ivory software. Synth parts created with Spectrasonics Omnisphere software. Percussion: Tambourine, shaker, bar chimes, mark tree, cajon, glokenspiel, triangle. Loops created with Spectrosonics Stylus.

John Steel: Lap Steel - Lap King Bel Aire 8 string.

Track 4: Sun, Where've You Gone?

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic. Bass - Lakland 5 string bass.
Electric Guitar: blonde Fender1972 re-issue Stratocaster. Mandolin: Paul Hathway handmade M3.
Piano - Synthology Ivory software. Synth parts created with Spectrasonics Omnisphere software.
Percussion: Tambourine, shaker.
 
John Steel:
Guitars: DeArmond Electric 12 string through Cornell Plexi 2x10. Takemine G.Series 12 string acoustic.
Martin 000C-16GTE acoustic.

Track 5: Tired

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic. Bass - Lakland 5 string bass.
Electric piano - Logic soft synth. Percussion - glockenspiel.
John Steel: Lap Steel - Lap King Bel Aire 8 string. Guitar - Martin 000C-16GTE acoustic.


 
Track 6: Tissue
Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic.

John Steel: Guitars - 1973 blonde Fender Telecaster deluxe. Martin 000C-16GTE acoustic. Bass - 1972 Rickenbacker 4001. Organ - Logic EVB3 soft-synth through Hohner rotary cabinet.
Track 7: Clown Car

Kate Stephenson: Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic. Piano - Synthology Ivory software.
Track 8: Mirroring
 

Kate Stephenson: Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic.
Bass - Lakland 5-string. Ukelele - Lanikai. Piano - Synthology Ivory software. Synth parts created with Spectrasonics Omnisphere software. Percussion - mark tree, shaker, finger cymbals, bar chimes.

Raevennan Husbandes: Guitars - Dobro. Martin acoustic.

The finely shod feet of Raevennan Husbandes - toe-tapping to Mirroring while she plays very fine Dobro.

The finely shod feet of Raevennan Husbandes - toe-tapping to Mirroring while she plays very fine Dobro.

Track 10: Silent Letter

Kate Stephenson: Vocals - Blackspade UM17R valve mic

John creating the weird metallic effects in Tissue on a banjo with tweezers and a nail file. A manicured sound if you like.

John creating the weird metallic effects in Tissue on a banjo with tweezers and a nail file. A manicured sound if you like.

Raevennan listens intently to her stellar acoustic guitar performance on 'Mirroring'.

Raevennan listens intently to her stellar acoustic guitar performance on 'Mirroring'.

Track 9: Somebody Called Me An Onion

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Vocals Blackspade UM17R valve mic. Bass - Lakland 5-string. Piano - Synthology Ivory software. Organ - Logic EVB3 soft-synth through Hohner rotary cabinet. Percussion - tambourine, shaker.

John Steel: Guitars - B-Bender telecaster. Blonde Fender1972 re-issue Stratocaster w.Cry Baby wah 53N.

 
  Track 11: Starlings (Instrumental)

John Steel: Guitars -

Guitars - B-Bender telecaster, Blonde Fender1972 re-issue Stratocaster, Gretch Chet Atkins, all through a Cornell Voyager 20 watt combo. Martin 000C-16GTE acoustic.

Kate Stephenson: Drums. Bass - Keys - Logic Fender Rhodes Percussion, synth parts created with Spectrasonics Omnisphere software. Loops created with Spectrosonics Stylus. Percussion - tambourine.