A week ago I saw a picture of some pedalboards from the band Ride posted on Gear Talk. I wanted to take a few moments and look at them a little closer. What’s fun about getting pictures of pedalboards like this is you can use Pedal Finder to identify something that may be a bit blurry that you can’t quite make out. You do this by using the ‘Search by Look’ feature. For instance, on the pedalboard below the blue pedal in the upper left corner is a little blurry and it’s hard to read the lettering. However, I do know that it has 7 knobs, 3 switches, it’s blue and it’s in a wide enclosure. Putting the data into Pedal Finder reveals that the pedal is a Strymon Mobius. Sure, most of you already knew that, but everyone has an instance when they get stumped. That’s when Pedal Finder’s ‘Search by Look’ function really shines. So put that in your brain pocket for later when you need it.
Back to the post at hand. Ride is a band that formed in England around ’88. There are a few things that make them memorable. The first is that they were part of the new string of bands that were playing a genre of music called Shoegazing. Other bands working in this same genre were My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Slowdive and Chapterhouse to give you an idea. Shoegaze incorporates a heavy use of effects pedals and a very cohesive, swirling sound with increasing layers of tones swallowing each other again and again. When done well, it’s hypnotic and otherworldly. Ride does it well. In fact, their debut album Nowhere was named one of the greatest albums in the Shoegazing genre. And what pedals are they using to get some of those tones. We’ll, take a look below:
On the board above you’ll find (from top left to right): Boss Equalizer, Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal, Strymon Mobius, Strymon Timeline, Empress Effects Tremelo 2, Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy, Electro-Harmonix Small Clone
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