Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. Today, we're chatting with The Lazy Eyes, the young Sydney psych-rockers who just released their killer debut EP and are drawing Tame Impala comparisons left right and centre.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
Today I'll be showing you the coolest guitar pedal to ever exist which I also luckily get to own! It's called the Maestro MP-1 Phaser designed by Bob Moog and is from the '70s.
How did you come across this particular item?
I was on a late night journey through YouTube as I usually am adventuring through the realms of offbeat and obscure guitar pedals. Eventually, I came across this eery home video of this guy demo'ing his phaser pedal, and it was huge (literally). It sounded really nice and watery, and I thought it was so cleverly designed that I had to look into it further.
What is it that you like about it so much?
The sound is amazing. It's hard to find a phaser with as much squelch and range as this one. The tone is so slippery and nice. Also, the pedal design is fantastic. The whole front face of the pedal serves as the on/off switch which is just funny. You basically kick the thing to turn it on. The knobs on either side are placed laterally too, meaning that tone adjustment is super easy on the fly because you can roll the knobs under your feet like little wheels. Lastly, this is the only guitar pedal I know that says the word 'Balls' on it.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I use the pedal in specific songs in the set that call for a more washed out, psychedelic vibe. The ease of functionality of the pedal has shaped the way my guitar lines fit into the arrangements, always switching between an extremely fast warble and a smooth, woozy sound.
Tell us a bit about what you have coming up?
We are using this time to do as much as we can that doesn't involve us all being in the same room. Our recording process has been unaffected, which means we get to chip away at that. We will be back on the road hopefully by the latter half of the year, and have more music in the barrel to release in the meantime!
The Lazy Eyes' debut EP is out now - listen to it here.