A Postcard to Blackpool

In the coming weeks, I’ll be putting together my  ‘Postcard to Blackpool’, a love letter to the much-maligned, neglected and forgotten British seaside resort, which is still the largest in the UK and still holds a very special place in my heart. As opposed to the chronologically ordered chapters of Goa Trip, this will be an…

Goa Trip Chapter 16: Last Day in Goa

Time and reality had finally caught up with me and, after a month’s ‘sabbatical’ in another continent, this was the final morning. The bed sheets that Felix’s wife had kindly laundered for me never felt completely dry, but their methods were more primitive here, one last reminder that I hadn’t really missed the mod-cons of…

Goa Trip Chapter 15 : Old Goa

My penultimate day in Goa began with the familiar melancholy of leaving something you love behind. I looked around my makeshift setup with the cold reality that this time tomorrow I’d be packing up and this would no longer be home, the desk in the corner reclaimed by my rodent friend as if I’d never…

Goa Trip Chapter 14: Vagator and Chapora

The final three days of this eye-opening, life-changing experience were now before me. I’d done Baga / Calangute to death, and saw no point of another bus-ride to Panjim. Boredom was the last thing I expected I’d be fighting. Not having the constant push of having to get up for work everyday meant I really didn’t…

Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout : ProCo Rat 2 Review.

Part 5 of my Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout series. Review of the ProCo Rat 2. Meeting a Legend. I won’t bore you with the background to this shootout, for that please refer to the other parts in the series on this site. I’d now been through the clone phase, and so far in my quest…

Goa Trip Chapter 13: Candolim, Crumbland and the River Princess.

The morning light jerked me into consciousness with all too familiar and somewhat comforting hangover symptoms. As I got to my feet I could still feel the alcohol coursing through my veins and beating a painful rhythm around the side of my head. I was fully up to speed, in the saddle and relishing another…

Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout :Danelectro Cool Cat Drive V2 Review

Part 4 of my Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout series. Review of the Danelectro Cool Cat Drive V2. OCD Clone, Take 2…. Here’s the current state of play in my Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout. Joyo Ultimate Drive – Too dark, too scooped, too twitchy. Electro-Harmonix East River Drive – Too polite, and too mid-biased to be able to boost…

Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout: Joyo Crunch Distortion Review

Part 3 of my Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout series. Review of the Joyo Crunch Distortion. A”Marshall In a Box” at a knock-down price. Let’s take stock of the situation in my Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout. Joyo Ultimate Drive – Too dark, too scooped, too twitchy. Electro-Harmonix East River Drive – Too polite, and too mid-biased to be…

Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout: Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Review

Part 2 of a Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout series. Review of the Electro-Harmonix East River Drive guitar overdrive pedal. Bargain JRC4558 chip Ibanez Tubescreamer Clone? Moving on from my previous attempt at a standalone overdrive, the Joyo Ultimate Drive, this was it. Tubescreamer time! Never having owned a tubscreamer in the past, I plumped for…

Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout : Joyo Ultimate Drive Review

First part of a Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout series. A review of the Joyo Ultimate Drive Guitar Overdrive / Distortion pedal. Ultimate OCD Clone ? The Joyo Ultimate Drive has been much vaunted as one of the best Fulltone OCD clones on the market (other’s include the Mooer Hustle Drive and Danelecto Coolcat Overdrive V1)….