SUNN O))): EarthQuaker Releases Exclusive Distortion Pedal; Life Pedal Marks Company’s First Artist-Oriented Collaboration

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.

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 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 your 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 Reverb.com HERE and see 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 colors. 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))) Tour Dates:
Summer European Shows:
7/30/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann [tickets]
7/31/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann [tickets]
8/01/2019 Dekmantel Festival – Amsterdam, NL
US West Coast
9/01/2019 Granada – Dallas, TX [tickets] *
9/02/2019 Emo’s – Austin, TX [tickets] *
9/04/2019 The Gothic – Denver, CO [tickets] *
9/07/2019 Arcosanti – Phoenix AZ *
9/08/2019 Mayan – Los Angeles, CA [tickets] *
9/09/2019 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA [tickets] *
9/11/2019 The Showbox – Seattle, WA [tickets] ^
9/12/2019 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR [tickets] ^
9/15/2019 Hollywood Forever – Los Angeles, CA [Shoshin (初心) Duo]
Europe + UK Tour:
10/07/2019 Backstage – Munich, DE [tickets] %
10/08/2019 HfG / ZKM – Karlsruhe, DE [tickets] %
10/09/2019 Kaserne Basel – Basel, CH [tickets] %
10/10/2019 Felsenkeller – Leipzig, DE [tickets] %
10/13/2019 Kablys + Kultura – Vilnius, LT [tickets] %
10/14/2019 Vene Teater – Tallinn, EE [tickets] %
10/15/2019 Kulttuuritalo – Helsinki, FI [tickets] %
10/17/2019 Kraken Sthlm – Stockholm, SE [tickets]
10/18/2018 Kulturkirchen Jakob – Oslo, NO [tickets]
10/19/2019 BLA – Oslo, NO (exclusive duo performance) [tickets]
10/21/2019 Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, DK [tickets]
10/22/2019 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL [tickets]
10/24/2019 SWX – Bristol, UK [tickets]
10/25/2019 QMU – Glasgow, UK [tickets]
10/26/2019 The Crossing – Birmingham, UK [tickets]
10/27/2019 Albert Hall – Manchester, UK [tickets]
10/28/2019 Roundhouse – London, UK [tickets]
* w/ Papa M, Big|Brave
^ w/ Papa M
% w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem

SUNN O))) released Life Metal, their first new album in four years, last April as part of Record Store Day via Southern Lord. The Steve Albini-engineered album debuted on Billboard’s Emerging Artists at #17, Billboard’s Top Album Sales at #25, in Billboard’s top 25 Hard Rock Albums, and received the Best New Music accolade from Pitchfork, and much more.

SUNN O))) co-founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson set out on a path toward a new album production for Life Metal. Following pre-production sessions as a trio with T.O.S. on Moog at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, California, in July 2018, SUNN O))) spent just over two weeks in Chicago at Electrical Audio (Studio A) with Albini at the helm. The album was mastered and the lacquers cut from tape in October by SUNN O))) ally Matt Colton at Alchemy in London. The LP version is a AAA album, recorded and mixed on tape via a completely analogue production, from the input of the band’s amplifiers and the air coming off the speakers in front of the microphones to needle touching the pressed vinyl on your turntable.

Life Metal features guest contributions from composer/musician/vocalist Hildur Guðnadóttir, longtime friend Tim Midyett (Silkworm, Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile), composer Anthony Pateras, and more. The album is wrapped in amazing, Renaissance style paintings by visual artist Samantha Keely Smith, and bold, imaginative photography from Ronald Dick.

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