Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Man Who Makes Pedals Plays Pedals

Oliver Ackermann designs pedals under the flashy Brooklyn-based branding Death By Audio. They make custom pedals for bands like U2 (1) and Wilco (1) says the River Front Times.

Ackermann's also the guitarist/vocalist for "New York City's loudest band" A Place To Bury Strangers (1, 2). They put out a 10 track self-titled L.P. last year that's been receiving incresingly colorful reviews. Pitchfork called it "tinnitus-inducing noise-pop against a tension-wracked Joy Division-meets-Ministry backdrop". Stylus Magazine said the debut was laced with "layers of errant, mystical roars born from man’s relationship between his guitar, a chord, and a speaker". But, all are finding a connection to the Jesus and Mary Chain.

At any rate, the band has been a perfect demonstration ground for showing off Ackermann's pretty little noise boxes. And with catchy names like Octave Clang, Interstellar Overdriver, or Supersonic Fuzz Gun, I think my wishlist will soon be dominated by Death By Audio creations.


  1. This post proves that there is good money to be made in the 'noise' genre, which never really occurred to me before. If this guy is selling stuff to U2, he's probably bringing in some big bucks-not that that's what it is all about, but money makes doing your passion a lot easier.

  2. I wonder if Bono listens to Acjermanns noise boxes? hum... I like the connection to Jesus and Mary Chain, I'm youtubing this.