SUNN O))): EarthQuaker releases exclusive distortion pedal; Life Pedal marks company’s first artist-oriented collaboration

June 19, 2019


SUNN O))) and EarthQuaker Devices join forces to create Life Pedal. This is a limited, hand numbered, tube amp crushing octave fuzz and distortion with boost. Life Pedal empowers the operator to immerse themselves in the same full spectrum overdriven sonic palette as used on the Life Metal album. Details below. 

In the writing sessions for Life Metal SUNN O))) worked extensively shearing our tones toward a broader energy spectrum over high powered saturation and across planes of sonic character, with the ambition to take full advantage of producer/engineer Steve Albini’s exacting capture skills. The results are astounding: there is breadth and luminosity of colour, vast sonic cosmoses, flashes of abstract colour (synthetic and objective) through resulting themes which emerged from the mastered depths of saturation and circuits between the two players and their mountains of gear. 

The Life Pedal is designed to represent the core front-end chain used in those sessions, to drive the tubes of the band’s multiple vintage Sunn O))) Model T amplifiers into overload and ecstasy. This is a 100w tube amp full stack’s holy dream, or its apostate nightmare. An octave fuzz inspired by the Shin-Ei FY2 & FY6 units leads the circuit into a LM308 chipped and brutal rodent big box distortion, recreated with the best components, and including a three-way clipping switch (op Amp, Asymmetric & Symmetric). Second stage is a purely clean boost to further overdrive the preamp tubes of ones vintage system into -scaped harmonics, and feedback overtone bliss. Chasms are cleared, mountains sheared, glaciers calved, novæ birthed. Transcend to complete saturation enlightenment.

Order the Life Pedal, in an edition of 1000 pedals, exclusively from the official SUNN O))) Reverb Shop hosted by HERE and view the Life Pedal trailer HERE.

Southern Lord is also pleased to announce that SUNN O)))’s Life Metal is now available in a second vinyl pressing with exclusive new colours. In the US, a new translucent gold edition in a run of 1500 and a run of translucent green in a run of 1000 copies can be ordered HERE and HERE, and in Europe, an edition on transparent green vinyl in a run of 500 is available HERE.

SUNN O))) released Life Metal, via Southern Lord on April 26, 2019. Life Metal is being supported by SUNN O)))’s forthcoming Summer European shows and a tour of the UK. 

Summer shows – Europe:

July 30  Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem

July 31  Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem

August 1  Amsterdam, NL @ Dekmantel festival 

September 2019  – U.S. West Coast:

September 1  Dallas, TX @ Granada *

September 2  Austin, TX @ Emo’s *

September 4  Denver, CO @ The Gothic *

September 8  Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan *

September 9  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *

September 11  Seattle, WA @ Showbox ^

September 12  Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall ^

* w/ Papa M, Big|Brave

^ w/ Papa M

 October 2019  – Europe

October 7  Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk %

October 8  Karlsruhe, DE @ HfG / ZKM %

October 9  Basel, CH @ Kaserne Basel – Rosstall %

October 10  Leipzig, DE @Felsenkeller %

October 11  Krakow, PL @ Unsound Festival

October 13  Vilnius, LT @ Kablys %

October 14  Tallinn, EE @ Vene Theatre %

October 15  Helsinki, FI @ Kulttuuritalo %

October 17  Stockholm, SE @ Kraken

October 18  Oslo, NO @ Kulturkirchen Jakob

October 19  Oslo, NO @ Blä *duo show (Greg and Stephen only)

October 21  Copenhagen, DK @ Koncerthuset

October 22  Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje

October 24  Bristol, UK @ SWX

October 25  Glasgow, UK @ QMU

October 26  Birmingham, UK @ The Crossing

October 27  Manchester, UK @  Albert Hall

October 28  London, UK @  Roundhouse% w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem

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