How Soon Is Now?

  • Artist: The Smiths
  • Album: B-Side to 12" Single "William, It Was Really Nothing" then the compilation album
    Hatful of Hollow
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Year: 1985
  • Producer: John Porter
  • Studio: Jam Studios, London

Notes: The rhythm guitar intro offers tremolo in sixteenth note time, and a sound that The Smiths’ fans spot from five miles away — an iconic sound.

Originally created using the tremolo channel in a Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp, it might more easily be created today using a gate or a compressor, and feeding a sixteenth note click track into the side chain.

Have a listen at Spotify.


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Here’s a nice tribute, with clues on how to do it yourself.