Sunday, 30 August 2015

Get your UK Burger Battle on!

So, in the wake of National Burger Day this week, the UK Burger Battle finally landed in Leicester this evening. It's been a massive success in Birmingham and we've been looking longingly at the reviews so of course we bought our tickets right away. I am so full of meat right now that Traci Lords is looking up to me as a role model, but I just about have the energy to write about it all.


Was the Traci Lords joke too much? I'm leaving it in.


The Leicester battle was between two stalwarts of the local food scene, Crafty Burger and The Paget Arms. Hosted at the Parcel Yard by the station, it had been a rainy day but it faded out as the crowds gathered for the sold out event. There was a number of top notch bands performing, we were particularly happy to hear some nice folk followed by a punkesque combo with some well favoured covers in there to keep the mood happy and hip.

Leicester's great and good were out in force to take a bite at two of the city's hottest burger restaurant offerings - with specially created menus for the battle. Attendees had three hours during which to sample each of the burgers (along with their complimentary welcome drink of course) whilst enjoying the entertainment and the fine company. Then a public vote was taken, alongside the professional judges vote and a winner was declared. 

We spotted bloggers from Recipes and Reviews and Faiiint there, as well as Bobby Ananta, the new chef at St Martins and author of the Javanese Spoon. Also checking out the beefy goodness were our good friends from Gelato Village, who had provided an extra special dessert option for the burger aficionados.


But of course, you want to know more about the challengers, right?
In the red corner, we have the Paget Arms.
Going, going... gone.


The Paget Q
"28 Day Dry Aged Limousin Beef Patty, BBQ Pulled Pork, Candied Smoked Bacon, Crispy Onion Ring, Paget Relish, Red Leicester Cheese, Homemade Sailor Jerry BBQ Sauce and a touch of Sriracha. All in a Brioche Bun."
The pulled pork was succulent, the beef patty was perfectly cooked and the candied bacon was a touch of genius. The Sriracha added an extra flavour that ran through the whole burger and really gave added interest to every bite. The cheese was purposefully cut thick to ensure that it had a distinct presence. Beautiful.

And in the blue corner, we have Crafty St Martins...
The Crafty Porker
"28 Day Dry Aged Beef Patty topped with a Croquette made from Boston Butt, Braeburn Apple & Steamin’ Billy Beer Mustard, Roasted Tomato and Smoked Chilli Catsup, Chicharron Salt, Red Leicester Cheese, Home Pickled Cucumber & Red Onion and Crafty sauce. All in a 'Milner’s of Blaby' Bun"
The croquette is the really star of the show here, crispy exterior, meltingly soft interior, with another perfectly cooked burger and a top notch selection of sauces that melds the whole thing together. Totally juicy and finger licking good one might say.

All this set against a backdrop of a fine Sailor Jerry sponsored bar serving super cocktails and an awesome selection of craft ales. They're all still there now, partying away into the night. Sadly we had to head off early, but you'll be exciting to hear that Crafty Burger came out victorious. If you're feeling super jealous, you can book your tickets for the next Burger Battle - Judgemeat Day! Tickets are available online now. Let the burger based battling continue!
To the victor, the spoils...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Bored on a bank holiday?

The weather ain't great, but the last Bank Holiday until Christmas is coming up. I know, it's bleak, but it's the truth. So you need to get out there and make the most of it. And Leicester is ripe for the taking this week with a veritable plethora of great stuff happening to suit all tastes.

ART
The City Festival has brought a tonne of activities to town for you to get creative, or just to admire some wonderful work that some other cheeky little creative soul has crafted. If you can get the kiddywinks to the city centre tomorrow (Wednesday 26th August) then stop by Jubilee Square and get knotted with Tangle. This is an awesome interactive art installation is a street project that's been brought over from Australia and looked like a tremendous amount of fun when I passed by today.


Tangle


If you're looking for something a bit more unusual (than a load of people wrapping giant elastic bands around golden rods in the middle of the street) then you can follow the Sand Sculpture Trail, which I presume will have had some hastily constructed rain shelters built over them in this afternoon's deluge. Both of these are detailed in the City Festival brochure.

Or perhaps you would prefer something a little more relaxed, and possibly inside? Running until the 31st August, a number of city centre venues are hosting the Summer Art Trail - art works selected by Silver Vine Arts. I love the pieces up at New Walk Museum and I've heard very good things about the installation at the Queen of Bradgate too so I'm going to make sure to check that out myself.

Look! She's making Richard III! Out of sand! Such an unusual choice of subject for Leicester... (I jest, of course)

EAT
In case you didn't know, it's National Burger Day on Thursday. Why not celebrate by picking yourself up a ticket or two for the UK Burger Battle's foray into Leicester on Sunday? I have my tickets as I think that the best way to celebrate a national burger day is to save it up and have two burgers on the Sunday instead. One for me, and one for Jesus. It's going to be a fun afternoon where local favourites Crafty and the Paget Arms will be pitted against each other in meaty mayhem, along with live music, a special welcome drink and a bespoke outdoor (but sheltered!) rum bar from sponsor's Sailor Jerry. Held at local favourite, The Parcel Yard, you can get an exciting 15% off the ticket price if you use the code LE15 when you book tickets online.


And when the burgers have settled, on Monday you can take yourself down to Welland Park in Market Harborough for the MH Food Festival. It's free to attend and will have its own 1920s Art Deco Airstream. I'll be honest, I don't really know what that means, but I'm intrigued to find out! Anyway, there'll be local producers, cookery demonstrations, live music and craft stalls, so what's not to like?

If you don't fancy heading out of the city, you can always crash down in Firebug for their Indie Food Festival. Free entry and some fabulous local offerings, including the ever-glamourous Bitsy's Emporium of Awesome and the Deli in the Square, who I like so much I just nominated them as Best Deli in the Midlands for the BBC Good Food Awards - you can still nominate them online too! There will be music throughout the day and I'm sure a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Decisions, decisions...

DO
Of course, this weekend will also see the return of my favourite annual cycling event, Leicester's own Skyride through the streets from 10am, with the accompanying Ride Leicester Festival. Happily, there'll be a bike park conviniently positioned by Braunstone Gate so you can also drop in to the face painting and bouncy castle, amongst all of the other music, stalls, food and drink happening at Westival. And of course on Bank Holiday Monday you'll want to top it all off with Raucous Romans at Jewry Wall Museum, where you can dress up in Roman costume and show off in your very own fashion parade, and strike your own Roman coin to take home.

Phew! "Bored" you say?

Monday, 24 August 2015

Win a meal at the Queen of Bradgate!

Remember the other week when The Boy and I returned to the Queen of Bradgate to see if their menu was still up to standard? I think we concluded we were extremely happy. So much so that I also wrote a guest post for our local Spanish media outlet, Bienvenidos a Leicester, to recommend the patatas bravas to our Spanish speaking friends.


Chicken Schnitzel
Well, all of this great shower of glory must be sitting well with the Queen of Bradgate, as now they have said that I can run a competition for you, fair reader, to win a meal for 2 of your very own at their fine establishment. I know, free gelato last week, free dinner this week, wiz zeez competizions I am really spoiling you.

So just jump on the app below, it's super simple to win. I tried the Gleam app last time, but now I'm going back to Rafflecopter as it's absolutely no hassle to stick in your email and away you go. And of course I won't use your email for anything apart from contacting the winner. I haven't got time to email you all personally nor do I have anything particularly exciting to say.

Any problems with the Rafflecopter widget, first refresh the page but then drop me a line if any problems persist. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Banksy's Dismaland Launch Party

It was a grey and dismal day as we ambled along the seafront at Weston Super Mare this Friday. Pensioners shuffled along, clutching their jackets about them to protect them from the wind. Families sat by the seaside staring aimless out across the expansive muddy beach whilst mindlessly consuming fish and chips, because they know what you're supposed to do on holiday. The scene was perfectly set for us to take an exclusive nose around the latest installation by Bristol's own Banksy and 50 or so of his contemporary artist chums. Yes, we were visiting the dystopian, alternative theme park, Dismaland.

We accidentally managed to join the queue for entry at the allotted hour at the front, instead of the more traditional back which seemed quite an appropriate move and also meant that we were one of the first to have our names checked off the list and pass through the security provided by dour faced attendants in high-vis jackets.

The Bemusement Park's staff are not a cheery bunch and the level of service they provide is perfectly matched to the expectations you have of underpaid, bored service industry personnel across the country. It's funny because it's amplified so much, but uncomfortable because you know deep down so many people are trapped in miserable jobs they can't abide because it's impossible to get alternative work. Entry-level anarchism indeed.



Happily the cardboard scanner didn't find anything untoward on our persons or in our bags and we were granted entry. We were a little disappointed that the security cameras didn't have party hats on to celebrate George Orwell's birthday, but you can't have everything I suppose, especially not at the 'UK's most disappointing visitor attraction'.



And then we were inside. The shell of the park is the site of a disused lido, Tropicana. Numerous installations have been added to the shell, but little work has been done to the damage left by 10 years of the abandonment. Expect broken paving, dangerous looking sharp pointy areas and a general film of grime. The perfect family environment. The star feature of the site is the burnt out fairytale castle  sat in splendid dereliction in its own muddy moat. Inside the castle, through darkened and mysterious corridors you come out on to an automotive accident of epic proportions - the pumpkin carriage over-turned and broken, while eager paparazzi snap shots of the dead princess within. I'll leave you all to draw your own Princess Diana parallels. It is an awe-inspiring work.



Other large scale installations on the site include the Big Rig Jig - two lorries pirouetting in perfect union which you can climb right upside. It's dark, a bit scarey and probably downright dangerous in there, but massive fun - especially when I dived right in where many others stuck their head up and then decided to bolt. There is also a Banksy sculpture of a killer whale diving out of a toilet, through an unlikely size of hula hoop, into a small paddling pool, filled with the now familiar muddy water. I'm sure you'll agree it's much improved by idiots like me posing with it for stupid photographs.

It was this inherent accessibility of the artworks, installed cheek by jowl in every corner of the site that made it so exciting. Beautiful works, disturbing pieces, political posters were everywhere and totally accessible to the visitor. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned here about how art is displayed and how we grant people access to it. The inherent democracy of it all was blatant and wonderful.



By this time the drinks were flowing at the onsite bars, guests were enjoying a pizza or two and the atmosphere was highly convivial.We decided to take a walk through the gallery spaces, where a number of the artists were on hand to discuss their pieces - an extra special bonus. I have been following the work of Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė for some time now, and indeed it was a need to have a conversation with her that I received my invitation to the preview. Her pieces take abandoned metal objects, the height of domestic mundanity and add beautiful cross stitch detail transforming them into highly decorative art objects that still retain a sort of air of the broken and forgotten. Remember Derelicte in Zoolander? It's a bit like that. In fact a lot of the work in Dismaland is a bit Derelicte.



There is a freakshow tent with a creepy animated rabbit who has turned the wand on his master, the magician and for once made him disappear, Damien Hirst's unicorn is kept in suspended animation in its tank and Scott Hove's snarling cake trophy animal heads are, well, just a bit bizarre. But awesome. Beyond this tent, the main galleries are again crammed full with weird and wonderful pieces, 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional works litter the space, all having been carefully curated by Banksy himself, to the point where he actually manipulated some pieces of other artist's work to ensure that it fitted in with his vision.



Picking a favourite from this sensory overload is near on impossible but I definitely found something of a soft spot for Jimmy Cauty's model village - a carefully crafted installation which fills a large room, with the police state greatly in evidence - coppers stand around looking gormless after the fact of numerous accidents and disasters in a tiny urban landscape. The detail is amazing and the overall impact is truly bleak. Magnificent.



Of course it's not all gallery spaces and a whooping Death riding erratically on a bumper car. Respectful to the traditions of the theme park, there are of course an array of games and stalls to surprise and delight. Trying to knock over the anvil with a ping pong ball results in an exciting prize - a 'meaningless rubber bracelet' from David Shrigley which I will probably treasure until I meet my maker. And who wouldn't want to Hook A Duck From the Muck to win a fishfinger in a bag?



Naturally the traditional photo boards are there, so you can stick your head through and become transformed into a totally inappropriate Somali pirate type affair - nice one for the kids that. I think it was probably the massive attention to detail and quality of finish on the selfie hole which made that attraction so popular with children of all ages, and of course I had to take a memento of the day for myself.



We played crazy golf in an oil slick, and enjoyed chatting with the actually genuinely friendly chaps down at the Comrade's Advice Bureau where you can pick up some anarchist literature, grab a useful kit to help you put your own installations in bus stops and see a fantastic collection of protest banners and signs. There was also a small band of wandering Anarchist protesters who were also very lovely people and much more cheery than the slightly gormless Stormtrooper who patrolled the grounds.

I especially enjoyed the chance to bounce on a small trampoline in the floor whilst discussing socialism with a friendly young artist. Because who wouldn't?

We particularly liked the library which has some great, hard to find political books, but of course time was of the essence and so devoting an hour to reading was not really possible. Next time we visit I think we'll make time, and some people were definitely happy enough to just sit and take in the atmosphere. This wonderful lady was not part of the installation but we thought they should definitely get her back. She really added something quite special to the library area.


Granny made me an Anarchist
And so night fell over Dismaland. It was the perfect time to ride the carousel and then the ferris wheel, to get a bird's eye view of the park lit up in a predictably creepy way. Fortunately for us, it was this exact moment when a massive firework display lit up the sky. We congratulated ourselves on some amazing timing. But then the time came to leave. Nothing lasts forever. My pictures don't do Dismaland justice and I have refrained from describing a hundred more amazing things that we saw and did, because you should just go down there and see it for yourself. At £3 a ticket it provides excellent value for money and if you're anything like us you will have a smile on your face the entire time you are in the UK's most disappointing leisure activity. Except when you're posing for a selfie to show what a Dismal time you are having of course.





Tuesday, 18 August 2015

RECIPE: Chocolate chestnut brownie-flaps

Well, the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens and the nation has gone baking mad once again. I thought I'd leap in to the madness because the lovely Food Thoughts sent me a tub of their super amazing Finest Organic Fairtrade 100% Cocoa for Baking to get creative with. I'm a big fan of Fairtrade products so I was delighted to receive their gift as you can imagine! 

When it comes to organic though, I'm not so sold. The Boy swears by organic kiwis (you'll often find him muttering to himselves in the produce aisle) and we both agree that we've sampled some fabulous organic wine, where the growing method really does seem to make a difference. And actually, cocoa is the only thing that we make a real effort to buy organic too. The Food Thoughts is lovely, as soon as you open the tub it smells deep, rich and inviting.

I decided I wanted to make something that I hadn't seen before, which is always great news because as we all know, baking is a science and therefore unlikely to lend itself well to random experiments. But that sort of common sense didn't discover jelly babies, so I got on with it. I created a rich, dense bake that has all the close textured gooeyness (real word) of a brownie, with the oaty goodness and general all round fibre benefits of a flapjack. Therefore I called it a brownie-flap. 

You can recreate this recipe yourself, if you're at a loose end. I'd probably raise the butter and self raising flour content and lower the oat percentage next time to keep the density, but help it to be a little less close textured. I'd be interested to see what impact an egg would have on this recipe as well - let me know if you try it out!

Chocolate Chestnut Brownie-Flaps 
(Patent pending)

Makes 9

Ingredients


  • 60g self raising flour
  • 30g butter
  • 100g chestnut puree
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g unrefined demerara sugar
  • 100g oats
  • 40g Food Thoughts Fairtrade Organic Cocoa
  • 170g evaporated milk (1 small tin)
  • Dash of vanilla extract




Method 
(the experimental, stream-of-consciousness version)

Put the oven on. You know, the temperature that you bake everything at - like 180, 190 degrees celsius right? That's what everyone bakes everything at and don't pretend that you don't.


Mix the self raising flour, butter and chestnut puree together until incorporated and the butter is evenly distributed. If you melted the butter you could skip this step and just throw everything in together.


At this point I realised how dense the chestnut puree was going to make the end product so I added a dash of baking powder out of sheer optimism. You could probably go lower on oats and add more self raising flour and butter for a slightly lighter end product.


Throw in the rest of the ingredients - sugar, oats, Food Thoughts Cocoa, evaporated milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. But of course, it'll be lumpy really, on account of the oats.


Whack it in a square tray which you have greased thoroughly. I was worried this was going to stick like a whatname, so I cracked and put it in cake cases to be sure and certain in the hope of removal from the tray, but having baked it, it's fine and will slice easily as a tray bake.

Bake until still slightly moist looking in the centre, but with a slight spring to the touch. Mine took about 13 minutes. A full tray bake rather than individual serves will take longer. Cook it until it's done basically.


Et voila. I have a feeling it will be best served warm with custard, like so many things in life.
Thanks to Food Thoughts for dropping the cocoa over for us to try. If you're feeling experimental, and you want to invent a new baked good, you can pick their cocoa up in Sainsbury's.


Monday, 17 August 2015

Fooling the British Summer with Scruffs' waterproofs

Those happy folk at Scruffs sent the Boy and I a set of waterproofs each to try out on our recent camping holiday. Sadly they arrived the day after we'd got home, so we couldn't try them then, although they would have been plenty useful!

However, the British Summer has been 'kind' to us and provided plenty of wet weather since then for us to road test our jacket/trouser combos properly and I have to say we love having matching outfits, even if they are just plain navy blue - but we're a bit odd like that!

We both got a pac-away jacket and matching pac-away trousers in medium and although that size runs a little big on both of us, I really appreciate the extra room to be able to have additional layers underneath as well as being able to get them over my big boots - most useful when you are removing them whilst wet - much easier to cope with. 

We have tried them out in several conditions - on a road cycle during a short, but extremely heavy downpour, on a number of walks in medium rain and, last Friday, I wore them to cycle to the vineyard in the rain and to work out in the varying heaviness of drizzle throughout the morning.

They both come in their own little drawstring bag, so they take up barely any room in my pannier and now I carry them around all the time just in case. The taped seams and drawstring adjusters mean you really can block out the elements and I am pleased to confirm that they are not kidding when they say they are fully waterproof! As I mentioned I've tried them in a number of conditions and haven't sprung a single leak. In fact I was able to spend the whole morning out in the rain on Friday and, upon arriving to meet a friend for lunch I peeled them off and was pristine underneath - ideal.

Most significantly for me is the inner elbow area, which as a cyclist is a particular problem area because water pools in the crease as you ride and tends eventually to permeate the barrier and then drip down your arm - not great. However with the Scruffs waterproofs I have not had this issue at all, hence why this jacket has become my preferred one over the summer. It is also really lightweight which means it is good to wear in rainy but warm summer conditions. However, my only criticism isn't that I don't find the fabric particularly breathable, so on a warm day you can feel the condensation/slight sweat layer forming on your arms if you're working hard! However, I imagine this is the sacrifice you make for true waterproofing and I think it's worth it - it's not overly bad, you may just need a minute or two to air off slightly once you remove the layer!

This is the latest of a few Scruffs products we've road tested and I have to say I really rate them. They're made with the needs of workwear in mind so everything is really durable and tough, which is perfect for people like us who get battered by the elements every day! I expect we'll get plenty of years of wear from these waterproofs.

If you're looking for items like durable boots, trainers, trousers, jackets or hoodies for either men or women I would definitely recommend popping across to their Summer Sale before it finishes at the end of August - prices are starting at a fiver so there is something for every pocket and many items have more than 50% off.

Friday, 14 August 2015

All that schnitzel at the Queen of Bradgate

A nice rioja
It's a couple of months since I crowned the Queen of Bradgate as having one of the finest beer gardens in the city, and unbelievably over 14 months since I went along to check them out when they first re-opened after their massive refurbishment and all round change about.

So it only seemed fair to pop along again and see how the menu is getting along. We've been regular visitors to the Queen of Bradgate since they opened due in part to their excellent Happy Hour offers, as well as the relaxed atmosphere. You'll find nothing is too much trouble for the happy staff team as well, they're always on hand for a bit of banter or to drop you an extra napkin, whatever you need!


I'm pleased to report that their food offering is still completely up to par as well. I ordered the chicken schnitzel which was served on crispy potatoes and a bed of asparagus. The potatoes were cut through with red onion slices and deliciously pungent and sweet whole garlic cloves, making this a really simple but hugely tasty dish. The asparagus was al dente, but soft enough to really enjoy, which the chicken was moist and had a wonderfully crispy crumb. Magnifique! Don't forget as well that the QOB offer 50% off main meals on a Monday so you can enjoy this for a knock down price!


The Boy ordered the QOB burger, which was oozing and delicious, although we were neither of us sure about the focaccia-type bun, which had perhaps a little too much structure to allow for comfortable burger eating. The homemade coleslaw was a nice touch and perfect for the crispy fries which accompanied the meal.

On reflection then, I'm happy to continue recommending the QOBs menu. One step up from your normal pub grub, standards are still high and the quality of ingredients and cooking remains at a really great level. It definitely holds its own against the increasingly stiff competition in the Leicester eatery stakes. And a great selection of beers on draught for even the most discerning customer too!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

What's behind the big black door? #theassociates

We have been intrigued, here in Leicester, by a campaign asking us to please ring for attention. We didn't know where the door was, or what was behind it, but we just knew there was something fun coming along to our city. And last night? I had an invitation to glimpse what was behind the door...


And we weren't disappointed. Our visit to Haycock & Tailbar Associates was elegant, surprising and fun.

But some things you have to keep to yourself, and just treasure the memories. You'll just have to see if you can find the black door for yourself, ring that little old bell and see what you find inside.


As The Associates say themselves, 'Secrets aren’t secret. They’re just hidden treasures, waiting to be exploited.” I'll see you in there. Opening this weekend.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Recipe: Fridge delight

Sometimes you've just got to use up the leftovers. This week we had one of those occasions. I ended up with something delicious and flexible, which has served us well for a number of meals.

I started off with a couple of baby aubergines which I started to fry gently in a small amount of oil. Once they were starting to cook off, I added a handful of chopped bacon. We've been buying the 'cooking bacon' packs from the supermarket - if you look through them you can usually find a pack which has plenty of sliced bacon in it. Yeah, it might not all be the same shape, but it tastes just as good and is about a quarter of the price of a 'proper' pack. If you like your bacon smokey look for the stuff with a brown tinge to the rind. This stuff was great, really good quality and smokey in flavour.


 After that little lot had browned off well, I added a sprinkling of chopped chorizo and some garlic to the mix. You already know this is going to be good, right?



 The next stage was the torn up meet from a couple of cooked chicken legs. It was clearly meat week in our house this week and we had lots of odds and ends to finish up. No sense in throwing it away when it can be combined into something delicious!


For extra flavour I added cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and some chilli flakes and let them meld into the gently frying mushy meat mix. By this point, the pan was in serious need of some deglazing, so I added a slosh of red wine and let that bubble away, taking up all the caramalised loveliness from the bottom of the pan.


A tin of chopped tomatoes was the one ingredient to bind them all and then I left it gently simmering away until we were ready to eat. To give it a bit of extra time so that the aubergines melted into the sauce I added a slosh of water. I always put a little water in the tomato can and swirl it around so that you can get every last bit of tomato flavour out. Gosh, aren't I just full of top tips today!

I cooked us up some pasta and mixed it all together, but this mix also worked with wraps and could be served on rice, with a jacket potato or just with a simple salad. When I served it I realised that I had also chopped up the last couple of slightly sad looking spring onions as well but forgot to add them in towards the end, so I sprinkled them over the top instead.


So there's rarely any need to throw out oddments from the fridge. What food waste busting combinations have you been rocking in your house recently?

Monday, 10 August 2015

REVIEW: Letts Dirt-Box (DB) Guitar Distortion Pedal

When Letts Basses offered us the chance to road test some of their hand-crafted kit for a blog post, The Boy nearly snapped their hand off. How often do you get offered a new guitar and pedal combo to play with? Not very often in this house, I can tell you.


Now, I'm no guitarist, although I did post a handy guide on how to blag talking to musicians last year. The Boy set about testing out the guitar and pedal with gusto though, as you can imagine. Unfortunately for you lot, the guitar was sold WAYYY before I had chance to write about it, but if you want to pick yourself up a piece of custom, handmade gold for a very reasonable price then I recommend keeping an eye on the Letts online shop.


They are also producing lots more pick-ups and custom knobs (fnarr) so keep an eye on the Facebook page. Excitingly, after a year out from commissions, they have also just announced that they will consider a limited number of new projects, so if you've always had your heart set on an 8 string bass with beautiful hard wood body, get in touch.


Anyway, the FX unit that we tried is the Dirt-box guitar distortion. This fuzz pedal is a hand built, boutique product, but has affinities with the sort of sound quality you would get from a tubescreamer style stomp box, to give you an easy comparison.

 It has gain, volume and tone adjusters and you can get an interesting amount of range from it. The Boy has asked me to emphasise that it was very early in the morning when I demanded to film him playing with it, so apologies for any misrepresentation of his guitar prowess! I did just tell him to do some twiddling. Which is of course a technical term.



The Boy informs me that this would be an excellent addition to anyone looking for a stoner rock or even a doom style, giving a robust fuzz sound that will hold up well in the mix, however it also has the flexibility to be most excellent when one is having a bash at the old classic rock also. An FX pedal to suit all seasons as it were.

You can pick yourself up a Letts-Motherload custom pedal and pick-ups from their online shop. Proudly made in Leicester.


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