Kevin Shields, J Mascis, Other appearances in the documentary on the new guitar pedal: watch the trailer
The online equipment market Reverb has released its first full-length film, The Pedal Movie. The documentary has been described as “the most comprehensive look at how pedals affected the sound of popular music as we know it,” and features interviews with renowned musicians and producers such as Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Graham Coxon from Blur, Nels Cline, Sarah Lipstate, Steve Albini and many more. The film can now be rented or bought online. Check out a trailer below.
In addition to artists, The Pedal Movie features some of today’s best pedal manufacturers including Chase Bliss Audio, EarthQuaker devices, JHS pedals, Strymon, Walrus Audio, and many others. The film traces the historical development of guitar effects pedals, starting with the accidental invention of the first fuzz pedal in the early 1960s.
“The first inspiration for The Pedal Movie was how that weird little pocket of the music world got into this huge community of new pedals and new companies,” said co-director Dan Orkin in a press release. “Today there are thousands of builders who give hundreds of thousands of pedals every year to an ever-growing community of musicians who are always looking for new ways to express themselves. Those little boxes changed the way people make music and ultimately changed the course of pop music forever. “