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20 Years of All The Pain…

20 Years of All The Pain…

“I care so little about gear,” Fastball guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga announced in an October 2017 gear interview with Digital Tour Bus. “I could give a fuck. I just want it to turn on and work.” So who better to speak to Gearphoria about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the band’s sophomore and breakthrough album, All The Pain Money Can Buy.  more...
Swart Smarts

Swart Smarts

INSPIRATION CAN come at you from all different angles. For Wilmington, North Carolina’ Michael Swart, chief gear guru at Swart Amps, it can come from something he found in the street, at a thrift shop or in the destruction left by a hurricane. After a storm hit the coastal area a few years back, a storage building next to his house was destroyed. Swart took that adversity and parlayed it into a new-build, two-level shop — the first floor houses his amp/pedal workstations along with a stray scooter or two and a vintage VW bug from collecting days past. The second floor is a testing lounge complete with comfy couches and a tiki bar.  more...
Run, Rabbit, Run

Run, Rabbit, Run

AT THE NAMM show last January, Safia Harrison of Rabbit Hole FX had a pedalboard set-up showcasing the brand’s first three pedals as part of the traveling Stompbox Exhibit. Eager to show off the latest Rabbit Hole offerings, she stood front and center, ready to talk gear and walk any interested parties through the functionality of the Chasomic fuzz, Analog Phaser and A ‘Merkin fuzz. Then something she did not expect to happen, happened.  more...
Mojotone on the move

Mojotone on the move

ON THE DAY of our visit, the headquarters of leading music equipment manufacturer and supplier Mojotone was abuzz with the normal activity of a Wednesday morning. The crew of 50-plus staff at the Burgaw, North Carolina facility was fulfilling orders, milling cabinets, wiring pickups — all the things they would be doing any other work day. But there was something different happening as well. Boxes lined a few of the main building corridors and inventory was being palleted, wrapped and readied. Readied for the big move.  more...
Track-By-Track: Galactic Cowboys corral new album

Track-By-Track: Galactic Cowboys corral new album

IT WAS Super Bowl weekend in 1990 when the Galactic Cowboys — frontman Ben Huggins, bassist Monty Colvin, guitarist Dane Sonnier and drummer Alan Doss — got their first record deal: a multi-album commitment from Geffen Records. The band was on the doorstep of greatness, but then a funny thing happened on the trip up the sidewalk.  more...
Germino Amps: Tied To The Plexi-post

Germino Amps: Tied To The Plexi-post

IN A BLUE, twelve foot by twenty foot shed in the backyard of a two-story house near the Haw River in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, Greg Germino tinkers with a standard repair job on a vintage Marshall head. It’s nothing new for him. He has been a part of the amplifier scene in the region for a decade and a half.  more...
Vernon Reid: 101 In The Shade

Vernon Reid: 101 In The Shade

IT’S 1989, and the members of Living Colour are being interviewed backstage before another sold-out show. ‘Cult of Personality,’ the second single from their 1988 debut album, Vivid, has volleyed them into the spotlight, and months later the band is still adjusting to success and all it brings.  more...
In-house with Carr Amps

In-house with Carr Amps

PITTSBORO, North Carolina is situated roughly 35 miles southwest of the Raleigh-Durham airport. The town of about 4,000 people boasts a large courthouse, its own failed local currency (called Plenty) and is a stone’s throw from the Haw River, which rises near Kernersville to the north and flows about 110 miles to where it joins with the Deep River to form the Cape Fear River. Nestled away in a deceptively large building in downtown Pittsboro is the headquarters of Carr Amplifiers.  more...