We are excited to present this week’s Pick of the Week, which was made for the band Ashturn. “Ashturn is a Flemish (Belgian) band formed by Steve (drums), Raf (bass) and Mark (guitar) in 2003. After about a year of rehearsals and song writing Raf switched his bass guitar for a microphone and Tom joined the band as the new bass player. Dennis, who used to be in another band with Steve and Raf, joined the band as the second guitar player a few months later. 8 years later, Ashturn still has the same line-up. They are a bunch of very good friends who mainly want to have fun and who really enjoy making music together (which is probably the reason they have already survived this long as a band).”
“Ashturn plays a healthy mix of metal and hardcore and is influenced by a lot of modern and classic bands in both these genres. They’ve played a lot of gigs in youth clubs, rock bars and on the occasional festival, mainly in the Flemish part of Belgium but also occasionally abroad. One of the festival gigs they played was the result of Ashturn getting the most votes from the audience at a local rock contest. Their latest recording effort is an EP called “Heaven or a dark cold day in hell” which can be listened to for free in it’s entirety at www.ashturn.com. ”
“Ashturn is at the moment rehearsing for some upcoming gigs. In about two months time work will begin on some new songs which will hopefully lead to new recording sessions later. ”
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“As a bass player, I’ve always preferred the bigger rounded triangle shape picks. I play a down tuned 5 string bass so I need something to grab on to while furiously hitting the B string 🙂 I had been using the same picks for years (made by a major brand) so I started to look for a company that could make me some picks with a custom design that are also equally comfortable as the ones I was used too. This took a lot of research. No company seemed to offer the right combination of materials, thickness, shape and printing possibilities that I was looking for until I found the website of Clayton Custom. A few minutes of trying out the fantastic custom guitar pick designer led me to the conclusion that my search had ended. For the design I chose one of the very nice band logo’s that was made by our guitar player Mark Vandebroek. Once the picks arrived I was extremely happy with the quality. These picks definitely offer the comfort I was looking for. On top of that, they were actually a tiny bit stiffer than the ones from my old brand which actually improved the clear, natural but also very punchy sound I am always looking for! So, great job by Clayton custom! Now I just need to make sure I can hold on to them as everyone I show them to (fans, fellow musicians, family and friends) wants to keep one for him/herself!”
Ashturn’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, in the rounded triangle shape. We especially like how the shape of the picks fit really nicely with the band logo. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!