When EQD circuit builder Josh Novak isn’t making pedals, he shreds with Akron-based prog-punks (and meme masters) Actual Form. “In The Food Court of the Crimson King” is a happy-meal sized nugget of rock - an entire 70s prog LP’s-worth of twists and turns stuffed into just under three-and-a-half-minutes and served on a toasted sesame seed bun…Read More
If you’re opening a recording studio there are two things you should know:
Location is everything.
Great drum sounds are also everything.
Dan Joeright’s Gatos Trail Recording Studio in beautiful Yucca Valley, CA has both. Housed within an antique barn surrounded by spellbinding desert wilderness, Gatos Trail is a destination for artists like synth-pop phenomenon Twin Shadow, bass-and-drums bashers Big Business, noise rock brutalists Unsane, and nebulous post-punk group The Mekons…Read More
“It’s not musical and I like that,” says Justin Pearson.
For more than a decade Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, Retox, Head Wound City) and Joey Karam (One Day as a Lion) have attacked eardrums and melted faces with their deconstructed avant-grindcore assault as members of the Locust. We recently met up with Justin and Joey at an undisclosed Los Angeles locale to concoct some Plague Soundscapes of our own…Read More
“Anything that resonates, it sticks with you. Then you’re like, ‘I have to have it’ because it’s like a beautiful dream.”Read More
“It’s a lot of fun. Growly. Nice. Like it. Love it. Awesome.”
Elle Puckett of Eisley and Maggie Rogers’ touring band calls upon a carefully selected collection of boutique stompboxes including the Avalanche Run, Spatial Delivery, and the occasional Altiods tin to craft the ambient tones for which she is known.Read More
The former Big Business guitarist and regular Melvins collaborator has a long history of engineering and/or producing top-tier rock bands - the bathroom in his Sound of Sirens studio is decorated with platinum records honoring his contribution to albums by Foo Fighters and Tool…Read More
I wanted to move away from home, get a BMX bike, and a Moog. Those were the two things that were on my list, and those were the first two things that I did.Read More
For someone who didn’t grow up with grunge or ‘90s alternative rock, Alicia and her bandmates in Bully have managed to make one of the most exciting, ‘90s grunge/alternative rock records I’ve heard since – well, the ‘90s. Maybe even before that…Read More
It’s been fifteen years since Fugazi last performed, but their improvisational impulses remain intact in the Messthetics, a jazz-inspired group led by virtuoso guitarist Anthony Pirog and featuring Fugazi’s unmistakably muscular rhythm section of bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty…Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, it is our distinct and perverse pleasure to present newly resurrected Sub Pop recording artists and The World’s Greatest Living Rock ‘n Roll Band™, Hot Snakes, performing an extra special “wet & wiggly” rendition of their interdimensional #1 smash-hit, “Death Doula,” from the album Jericho Sirens...Read More
“It’s the pedal I really learned how to build pedals on,” says Jamie Stillman...Read More
"I want to make a love song that's like when Arnold Schwarzenegger has to kill himself at the end of Terminator." - Cameron AveryRead More
Spotlights are loud. We caught up with bassist Sarah Quintero before the band’s performance at Mahall’s in Lakewood, OH, to shine a light on the deluge of distortion and fuzz pedals she uses to saturate the low frequencies which drive the trio’s sludgy shoegaze riffs straight into your skull.Read More
“I’m a sick person,” confesses John Vanderslice.
He’s not wrong.
Vanderslice suffers from a terminal case of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and it’s spreading...Read More
Har Mar Superstar are experts when it comes to gettin’ weird. We met up with Mr. Superstar himself, Sean Tillman, and trumpeter Jake Baldwin to see what might happen if we paired up a handful of our wildest Devices with trumpet and vocals...Read More
In SQÜRL’s music, the twisted scraping of industrial wreckage (to my ears the byproduct of musician/filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s northeast Ohio upbringing) gives way to uneasy drones seemingly stuck in time like crestfallen Lake Erie tides fighting a losing battle against subzero temperatures before resolving at last into saturated but sparkling reverberated arpeggios. It’s what The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly might have sounded like if Ennio Morricone booked studio time with Steve Albini and hired Sunn O))) as session musicians...Read More
In addition to being the EarthQuaker Devices house band, Relaxer may very well be the world’s first (and only) “Passive Progressive” rock band. I don’t know what it means, either...Read More
Here's seventeen of my favorite tracks by EarthQuaker Devices artists, in no particular order. I tried to pick current tunes that are a good starting point for each artist, but sometimes old favorites die hard...Read More
“[Pedals] inspire me to do things differently. It’s such a big part of what I do and how I create,” says Paramore guitarist Taylor York.
We caught up with the guitarist of Nashville pop-punk sensations Paramore to check out the gear he uses to bring to life the band’s stadium-sized hooks stuffed with enough ear candy to make every day feel like Halloween.Read More