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roducer and owner of the enigmatic
Rancho de la Luna studio in the California
desert, guitarist David Catching has been touring with Eagles of Death Metal since 2004. In
November of 2015, the band was performing
at the Bataclan Theater, in Paris, when three
gunmen burst in, killing 90 concert goers and
injuring more than 200.
In February '16, the Eagles of Death Metal
returned to Paris to reboot their performance.
The event was recorded and filmed for the
double album and DVD, I Love You All the
Time: Live at the Olympia Paris, released
earlier this year.
"I don't think I'll ever play a show quite as
heavy as that," David Catching said. "That

was definitely the hardest live show I've ever
played. A lot of folks that were at the Bataclan
gig were hanging out with us that night, so it
was fun, but there were a lot of people that
were still scared, including ourselves. It was
a lot to deal with and it took us a minute to
get into it because it was just so strange and
surreal, but it turned out really good and it
was good for us to do it."
With Eagles of Death Metal, Catching uses
just a few guitars.
"My main one is an Echopark Albert Flying
V. My friend Gabriel Currie made it for me
and I think he makes the best guitars out there
today. The neck was broken during the attack
in Paris, so Gabriel put a new one on it and

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DAVID CATCHING

that's my main guitar. My other main guitar
is a mid-'80s Les Paul Black Beauty. I love that
guitar, but it's so heavy I can't use it on every
song. I also still take my late-'70s Flying V;
I was looking for a pedal in different closets
at my studio one day and there was this V in
there that was missing a pickup, tuning gears,
and a bridge. I found out a couple years later
that someone had left it here, and that was my
main guitar for the first nine or 10 years with
Eagles prior to the Echopark."
The band tours with Orange amps.
"I use an OR50s. The amps sound so great
and they're workhorses. I have a really cool
Zinky Mofo and a Supro head I use as backups,
and sometimes we switch up the sound with
one or two amps, or use two or three."
He prefers a 2x12 cab.
"I like smaller amps behind me because I
don't want stacks blowing my head off. Though
I've been thinking maybe it's time for us to
use giant stacks; that would look pretty cool."
Catching uses a handful of pedals.
"I keep one pedalboard for all the bands,
but with Eagles, I don't use a ton of stuff.
I've got the Dunlop Wah and Rotovibe, a
TC Electronic tuner, and the Spark, which
is probably my favorite overdrive. It's a great
pedal for leads because it doesn't really color,
it just boosts signal. I also have a Creepy
Fingers Buzzaround, which is a model of a
Burns Buzzaround that's like an octave-y
kind of thing that sounds amazing. I also
use an Earthquaker Dispatch Master reverb
and delay, and it's another favorite. I started
using a Dunlop Echoplex for slap-back stuff,
and on a couple songs we have long delays, so
I ramp it up for that. Jesse (Hughes, EODM
frontman) goes straight into his amp, and I
use the coloring tools."
For other projects, Catching draws upon
his hearty guitar collection. "When I play
with Mojave Lords, Earthlings?, and Masters
of Reality, I get to play my number one of five
Les Paul that was customized into a doublecut in the early '70s, my '72 Tele, a '61 Melody
Maker, a black '84 Flying V, a '57 Supro threepickup, my '57 Strat, and an early-'60s Teisco
Spectrum 5."
When not touring with EODM, Catching
keeps busy with Rancho de la Luna.
"I don't ever have a break. I just produced the
new Earthless record; they're amazing and it's
a serious guitar record. I'm working on some
new Earthlings? recordings, I'm recording
and producing Jakob Nowell's band, LAW,
producing a band called Battery Electric, and
Chris Goss and I are doing an album with
Gene Trautmann of Queens of the Stone Age
on drums." - Johnny Zapp


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