Online music gear marketplace Reverb has announced their first full-length documentary. They describe The Pedal Movie as "the most comprehensive look at how effects pedals have influenced the sound of popular music as we know it," and it features conversations with a bunch of musicians and producers, including Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Graham Coxon of Blur, Nels Cline of Wilco, Sarah Lipstate of Noveller, Steve Albini, Peter Frampton, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Steve Vai.
"Over the years, effects pedals have shaped our favorite songs," Reverb's Michael Lux, the film's co-director, says. "Despite the wide-reaching influences of these tiny boxes, the full story of how they were created and how they evolved alongside the music they shaped has been largely untold. Effects pedals have not only been a source of inspiration for countless players over the years, but also they've provided a source of income for an entire industry of mostly small businesses working alongside their musical heroes. It's an important part of music history that Reverb is uniquely positioned to tell based on our centrality to the builders, artists, and more who make up the pedal community."