Deaf Club: "We have a little language as far as chord voicings go – they’re definitely anxious chords!"

Deaf Club
(Image credit: Becky DiGiglio)

You get the sense through the effects-warped punishment of Deaf Club’s new Bad Songs Forever EP that guitarists Tommy Meehan and Brian Amalfitano are a pair of pedal obsessives. Check the way the duo bleed delay-and-octaver-decayed dissonance through If You Eat a Rat, It Might Taste Good, or take Pixies’ punk-ish Broken Face into sci-fi territory with its galaxy of uncouth guitar noises.

Fittingly enough, the guitarists dish on a wide swathe of stompboxes they brought to the release when Guitar World reaches them over Zoom. This includes tone-bending DigiTech Whammy Ricochets, the eyebrow-singing simplicity of fully-cranked Tube Screamers and Turbo RATs, and the customized, Deaf Club logo-encased Gojira Fx feedback loopers Amalfitano gifted the rest of the band a while back.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.