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Board to Death Ep. 14: Spotlights' Sarah Quintero

Aaron Rogers

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.

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Board to Death Ep. 11: Pallbearer's Brett Campbell & Devin Holt

Aaron Rogers

“For live stuff, I stick with pedals that are going to be the most useful,” says Pallbearer’s Brett Campbell. As the frontman for the Arkansas sludgelords, Campbell’s ideal tone is much like his powerful vocal delivery, “heavy…warm, and clear.” To achieve his signature sound, Campbell needs gear that can keep up with his low A-E-A-D-F#-B tuning. “[The Hoof] is very controllable for a fuzz,” he says...

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EarthQuaker Session: Earthless - "Violence of the Red Sea"

Aaron Rogers

What a trip. We invited San Diego instrumental riff worshipers Earthless to EQD HQ to tear through this ripping performance of “Violence of the Red Sea” off their album From the Ages, and the sound was monumental...

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EarthQuaker Session: The Kandinsky Effect - "Loops"

Aaron Rogers

The brainchild of saxophonist Warren Walker, the Kandinsky Effect creates dark, groove-oriented, downtempo Jazz soundscapes anchored by the steady pulse of bassist Gael Petrina and drummer Caleb Dolister. The trio blends modern Jazz improvisation with electronic textures and beat-driven composition driven in part by Walker’s pioneering use of effects pedals with the saxophone...

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Dirt Transmitter Fuzz Driver

Aaron Rogers

BEGIN COMMUNIQUE . . . Attn: guitarists of the planet Earth . . . if you need to dirty your signal’s transmission, aim your satellites in the direction of the Dirt Transmitter fuzz driver from EarthQuaker Devices. . . . <<<

>>> . . . The Dirt Transmitter uses rare-Earth precious Silicon metal transistors for a biting top-end response and higher gain than germanium, making it better suited for the modern fuzz tones of today . . . and the future. . . <<<

>>> . . . The “Bias” control starves the transistors of necessary electrical current, resulting in a gated, or “dying battery” sound for space-age Velcro-like fuzz tones. . . . This causes a primitive, sputtering, grimy effect akin to vintage (by Earthling standards) analog synthesizers . . . <<<

>>> . . . Place your puny humanoid hands upon the “Tone” control to alter the high-frequency content and overall harmonic contour of the Dirt Transmitter. . . . Positioned clockwise, you will hear bright, cutting tones which stretch the limits of your earthling ears. . . . Counterclockwise, the Dirt Transmitter emits creamy, mellow tones with singing sustain and a pleasant high-frequency roll-off . . . <<<

>>> . . . The Dirt Transmitter has gobs of gain and a low noise-floor, making it exceptional for stacking with other overdrive and fuzz pedals to boost its broadcast range . . . .  <<<

>>> . . . Every Dirt Transmitter is true-bypass, with archaic all-analog circuitry, and built one-at-a-time by a crack team of cryptozoology enthusiasts in the crop circles surrounding Akron, Ohio, USA – THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE . . . <<<

>>>. . . END COMMUNIQUE . . .<<<


North Cackalacky Boy – A Conversation with Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, the Oblivians)

Anna Blumenthal

After a string of Northeast solo tour dates last month, I met up with Greg Cartwright in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, just down the block from Norton Records’ HQ where he was staying. If there’s such a thing as garage rock royalty, Cartwright is it. He formed The Compulsive Gamblers in Memphis in 1990 with Jack Yarber, and then The Oblivians just a few years later...

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Pedal Spiel with Nick Reinhart

Nick Reinhart

Hello pedal enthusiasts. Nick Reinhart here, doing some guest blogging for EarthQuaker Devices. Some of you may know me from my music, namely Tera Melos, or my work with Zach Hill, or possibly a new band I have with Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Greg Saunier called Big Walnuts Yonder...

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