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Rig Rundown: Sleep

The sultan of sludge illustrates that his first band is a shuttle for sonic exploration launching into orbit on the backs of triple-humbucker guitars, a sierra of Oranges, and two boards the size of Cape Canaveral.

Board 2 houses Pike’s amp controls (a pair of Radial Engineering Switchbone V2s) and various experimental sound generators. For this gig, that meant an EQD Data Corruptor and an original Daredevil Atomic Cock.

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