Independent pedal maker Earthbound Audio has announced an indefinite hiatus, after founder Mark’s home was severely damaged by Hurricane Ida. A GoFundMe has been set up to help Mark and his family following the flood.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Mark wrote: “Earthbound Audio is on indefinite hold… I arrived home around 6:30 PM to a flooded mudroom and a small pool of water in the main living room. Within 10 minutes the doors had burst open and over four feet of water filled the living room.
“Fortunately our dogs Max and Toki were safe on the third floor. After I took a shoulder level dip into the pool of brown water I had our cat Flora back to safety on the second floor. Emily the cat couldn’t be reached but she took shelter high above the kitchen cabinets and escaped unscathed.
“We don’t know when we will be able to return to the house. Katie and I are fortunate to have a group of amazing friends helping us clean up and figure out a temporary living situation.
“I don’t know when and I can’t even offer a guess at this point but Earthbound Audio will return.”
Earthbound Audio’s pedals include the Supercollider fuzz, the Iron Pig distortion, the Throat Locust distortion and the Centurion fuzz. Mark had previously announced plans for the sought-after Throat Locust to be back in stock in September, however, the recent damage has nixed those plans.
Fellow pedal builder Abominable Electronics shared its support for Earthbound Audio on Instagram, writing: “I went through our shop flooding but couldn’t imagine my entire home being flooded. We’ve gotta all come together and help those in this amazing community we share!”
To find out more and donate to the fundraiser, head to its GoFundMe page.