One of the best – and certainly loudest – bands we saw at SXSW this year was Brooklyn duo Yvette, who are featured in this week’s paper as our New Band Of The Week.
They release ‘Process’ here in the UK on May 5 via Tough Love, and as well as streaming the entire thing below, we thought it’d be fun to get mainman Noah Kardos-Fein to explain a little about his obsession with guitar effects pedals to us.
Noah’s seemingly got hundreds of them at his feet (check the picture above for a taster), and as he writes below: “At some point I became less interested in playing guitar through my pedals, and more interested in playing the pedals themselves.”
Amen to that.
Here’s the album, with Noah’s words following below:
Noah Kardos-Fein on the importance of his effects pedals:
“I’m not sure how all this started. There was the distortion pedal I bought shortly after I began playing guitar in middle school, then the delay pedal. I bought pedals because I would hear someone else using them, and would like what I hear. A mark like any other.
“At some point I became less interested in playing guitar through my pedals and more interested in playing the pedals themselves. One way I do that is just chain them out and see what happens. Each effect can change the way another effect sounds down the chain. So, if I turn off my octave pedal or turn on the distortion, it might affect the quality of the ring modulated texture I’m getting down the line on my pedal board. Using so many pedals means thousands of permutations of textures and noises. It means more chances for happy accidents – happening upon a really exciting pitch shifted tone or a compelling riff that only sounds the way it does because I’m playing my guitar through two different ring modulators at once.
“The other way to play pedals is to break them. There is beauty in the flaws of an effect. Sometimes the tracking on an octave pedal is off, or other times a delay will feed back like nothing I’ve heard before. I try to find the glitches, the moments when the machine is confused or a circuit is overloaded. I try to make them sing.”