Wednesday, 2 January 2013
We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It!*
Fuzzboxes. Guitar effects pedals. Fun things that I loved playing with when I used to mess around in the jam studio with my pal Ben. So many different sounds and so many different COLOURS!
So can you imagine my glee when I recently discovered, thanks to my hip-and-with-it optometrist who frequents international trade shows, these handmade-in-Japan frames by EFFECTOR?! Many of which were named after effect boxes! I was sold! And like that's not cool enough already, they have to go collaborate with Nigo (of A Bathing Ape fame), Neighbourhood and Undercover - all coveted Japanese labels that can make the menswear blogs that I read pee in their cuffed trousers, from excitement, at the drop of a new collection.
However, there's no point in buying a cool new pair of prescription glasses that don't sit well on my near-bridge-less Asian nose, right? Not many do but most of the EFFECTORs that I tried on sat perfectly! I guess, being a Japanese company, they have factored in the average Asian nose make-up in their handcrafted designs? It was hard deciding on a pair but my optomertrist's assistant and I finally whittled our picks down to two - the Distortion and the Chorus. Also two of my favourite fuzzboxes!
The Distortion won. I love its slight cat-eye-ty-ness. And that mottled brown+clear acetate! Noisy, like the fuzzbox that it was named after, but in a good way!
* "We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It" is an all-girl British pop punk band from the 80s. They were good fun. You can listen to them here.