Here's eighteen of my favorite tracks by EarthQuaker Devices artists, in no particular order. I tried to pick current tunes that are a good introduction to each artist, but sometimes old favorites die hard. Just because a song is on this list doesn't automatically mean EQD pedals were used on the recording, but every artist on this list has at one time or another used EarthQuaker pedals in their live performances, and there's certainly no shortage of EQD sounds on these recordings!
Uno Lady - “Bikini Weeding”
I don’t know the first thing about gardening, and I’ve never worn a bikini, but I love this song. I spend most of my life with the line, “multitasking / gettin’ shit done” stuck in my head on repeat, even when I’m doing neither of those things. Check out Uno Lady's EarthQuaker Session below.
Tera Melos - “Warpless Run”
Inspired by the current Super Mario Bros. speed-run champion, this song about skipping worlds in a video game race to the finish provides plenty of IRL food for thought. And I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly state that Nick Reinhart’s solo on this song is now my favorite of all time. Check out Nick's clinic from this year's EarthQuaker Day to learn more about his effects philsophy.
Cairo Knife Fight - “A-Six”
Ex-Black Eyed Peas guitarist George Pajon Jr. brings the heavy on this cut by the formerly New Zealand-based hard rock band. Check out our recent interview to learn more about how only one recording studio in LA was big enough to capture the sound from George’s monolithic five-amp rig.
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - “Over And Over Again”
Guided by Voices - “Overloaded”
GBV’s Robert Pollard has written more perfect songs than anyone else on the planet, so I’m giving him a break and picking this Kevin March composition from 2017’s August by Cake. This is a perfect pop song not written by Uncle Bob, for once. This album also marks the return of Doug Gillard to GBV, turning over the lead guitar spotlight on this song to Kevin McGinnis, who plays a terrific Beatlesque solo.
Sleater-Kinney - “Bury Our Friends”
2015’s No Cities to Love showcases S-K at the top of their game after the decade-long hiatus during which Carrie Brownstein took over our television sets as one of the stars of Portlandia. Expanding to a quartet for their live show, guitarist Katie Harkin is a natural fit, completing the band’s three-guitar attack with tasteful stabs of effected guitar, using the Organizer and Disaster Transport SR as part of her rig.
SQÜRL - “The Dark Rift”
This collaboration between Ohio-born filmmaker/guitarist Jim Jarmusch and producer/drummer Carter Logan is the missing link between Ennio Morricone and Sunn O))).
Noveller - “Rituals”
Sarah Lipstate’s music as Noveller evokes cinematic worlds complete with characters, settings, and plot. Check out our interview from earlier this year to hear Lipstate tell the story behind this track and others from her album A Pink Sunset for No One.
Mark Mothersbaugh - “Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op”
From the incredible The Life Aquatic soundtrack, the shift in instrumentation from synthesizers to strings is a masterful bit of arrangement by Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh.
“Weird” Al Yankovic - “Dare to be Stupid”
Wilco - “I’m Always In Love”
This is probably my favorite Wilco tune pre-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I’m not normally a sunshine and rainbows kind of guy, but this song by Jeff Tweedy and co. is a ray of sunshine. Lots of cool keys on this one.
Eagles of Death Metal - “So Easy”
Pallbearer - “Thorns”
This ripper from 2017’s Heartless proves why Pallbearer are on top of the prog/doom metal heap. The riffs are tough-as-nails and the band wisely avoids trudging through the tired Sabbath-isms that turn so many stoner metal albums into snoozefests; peppering in extended chord voicings, triumphant vocals, and (dare I say it) even pop hooks throughout this five-and-a-half-minute chorus-less wonder.
Chelsea Wolfe - “Vex”
It’s no secret that EarthQuaker <3’s Chelsea Wolfe. This track from 2017’s Hiss Spun is one of her heaviest yet. The guitars are shrouded in layers of effects, each one doing its part in the mix to elevate Wolfe’s vocal in a vortex of strength and noise. The album’s liner notes list an impressive roster of guests including Sumac vocalist Aaron Turner and QOSTA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen.
Tame Impala - “Half Full Glass of Wine”
This cut from Tame Impala’s 2008 EP was my first taste of the band, and I’ve been a fan since. A staple of many late nights at the Matinee in Akron’s Highland Square. I’m sure the DJ paid a pretty penny for what was (at the time) an import-only release. Frontman Kevin Parker has been known to rock the Terminal fuzz, and bassist Cameron Avery uses the Disaster Transport SR, Hummingbird, and White Light with Tame Impala and other projects.
Yob - “Quantum Mystic”
Mike Scheidt’s commitment to songcraft and sonics sets Yob apart from the pack, making them one of the most exciting bands in heavy music. Consonance, dissonance, tension, release, dynamics, and groove. It’s all here. Mike currently uses the Warden and Avalanche Run in his live setup.