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EarthQuaker Session: Actual Form - "In the Food Court of the Crimson King"

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EarthQuaker Session: Actual Form - "In the Food Court of the Crimson King"

Aaron Rogers

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.

Drummer Ian Cummins (Ultrasphinx) throws down a furious flurry of percussion held together by the rumbling overdriven double-stops of bassist Matt Haas (the Six Parts Seven) who uses the Dunes overdrive to slather his signal in enough special sauce to cut through the mix while still retaining enough clarity for chords and plenty of low end.

Meanwhile, Novak’s chewy overdrive sound comes courtesy of the White Light (discontinued, but available as a DIY kit) with extra tone-shaping provided by the Tone Job boost and EQ. During the solo sections, he steps on the Space Spiral modulated delay for a tightly-controlled wash that adds depth to the melody line without losing articulation or definition. For the song’s swirling climax, he trades the Space Spiral for the amp-like ambience of the Ghost Echo before bringing in the Rainbow Machine for the chaotic acid-drenched conclusion.

Yeah, I want fries with that.