Coming up with a good pedal name can’t be easy. With so many pedals, puns and play on words your bound to end up with fuzz pedals that reference bears, beards and lint (I wonder if anyone makes a ‘Peach Fuzz’?) or overdrives that reference cars, speed and gears. It’s natural for the brain to want to draw commonalities between words and function. That’s why when I ran across a pedal named ‘Cement Lunch‘, my interest was peaked. Because, not only is it two words that oddly sound great together, it also conjures up an uneasy feeling that one might try to convey with a tube-like low-fi overdrive.
The group building the Cement Lunch is out of Brooklyn, using the non-browser-address-bar-friendly moniker Lo/rez. They operate out of an art/music/creative collective called the Silent Barn, which from the website seems like a pretty awesome place to garner inspiration. It was in this building, surrounded by this collective that they originally came up with the Cement Lunch and now they have a new pedal that they are bringing to the public – the Mona Lisa.
The builder/designer behind Lo/rez is Jared Hiller and according to sources on the web he thought, “Why, in a world of classic pairings-bacon and eggs, whiskey and coke, Milli and Vanilli isn’t there a sizzly, harmonic overdrive paired with a spaced-out rotary effect contained within a single, glorious pedal?” So, he started on the path to creating the circuit he had in mind. A one stop box complete with a distortion/overdrive circuit on one side and a oscillating tremolo on the other. With it, you can generate pure noise, or use it as a classic -all-bee-it -disturbing distortion/overdrive pedal. According to Hiller, “It’s like stepping onto a merry-go-round with a diesel engine. On peyote. Dirty peyote.”
You can learn more about Lo/rez and the pedals they have ready for you at Pedal Finder or you can visit their FB page and keep up to date with the current goings on. And, play close attention. We see good things for this builder in the future. This kind of creativity and design work doens’t just wash away easily Below you can find a demo of the new Mona Lisa.