Quick Questions

Quick Questions With Kade Storm

Quick Questions With Kade Storm

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Many bands and artists to name. It often becomes a futile endeavour that doesn’t even accurately capture the various inspirations involved. To really nail this one, I’d say that the chaotic and aggressive atmosphere that one finds in Extreme Metal – this would be my inspiration; to capture and mould that sound to my design.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

That’d have to be the guitar, until and unless the rig can go along with it as well, but the guitar is at the top of that list.

3. What’s your favorite album of the year so far?

Again, I’d probably be listing many great offerings that fall under the Extreme Metal umbrella, though much of my focus is still on the releases from last year. As for this year, Heathen Deity’s album that was released a brief while back was an excellent work of Black Metal.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

This would probably be a list in its own right, but if I had to pick one, I’d say Trey Azagthoth; something about his playing style and approach to the guitar has frequently resonated with my own approach, even though there are numerous differences in application.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Assuming that we’re talking about the guitar, though I think this could apply to any instrument, this really comes down to two words. Practice regularly. Everything else is secondary because the real challenge of being good at the instrument is developing instinctual familiarity with it, and that requires, above all, regular practice.

 

I’ve recently released a Black Metal LP titled Ascension, it’s Black Metal in aesthetic and thematic style, but also has some heavy Doom Metal and Death Metal elements. It’s also getting a physical CD release via Narcoleptica Productions.

Quick Questions With Kade Storm

Kade Storm – Band Camp: https://kadestorm.bandcamp.com/
Kade Storm – Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kadestormmusic
Narcoleptica Productions – Band Camp:
https://narcolepticaprod.bandcamp.com/album/ascension

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Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Out of the ashes of previous bands like Independent Idiot, Phallic Medallion, Valiant Effort, and My New Shell…a new project is born.

Amongst the 2020 chaos, these long-time friends still satisfy their need to create by virtue of a shared google drive labeled only…Stone Robot. With influences stemming from various genres like Alt-Rock, post-punk, avant-garde, metal, synth-pop, industrial, and hip-hop, the band likes to categorize themselves as a new brand of music- avant-pop. These seasoned musicians pump out content as if they wouldn’t survive without it. And now, they want to share their work with the world.

Formed out of necessity, this group of earthbound misfits were birthed by fire and an unrelenting passion to create. Even if it means they are forced to record an album remotely, and across three state lines, their insatiable thirst for an artistic outlet proves to be too great to be hindered by such petty obstacles. Their sound blends the best of raucous overdrives, dynamically mellifluous drums, crystalline-cavernous synths, and a rollercoaster of soul-piercing vocal melodies to deliver surprises of all textures in perfect timing. They don’t believe in boundaries when they write their songs. If it sounds cool, they lay it down. Genre be damned. Their debut album (available now on all platfforms), “Planned Obsolescence,” is the ultimate culmination of that very philosophy.

Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Quick Questions with Stone Robot

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

JW (guitars): Dave Murray of Iron Maiden via the influence of my childhood neighbor (and later band mate) Eric Franco. We used to listen to Maiden all the time, and when Eric started playing guitar it became inevitable that I would try to pick it up as well. I never got nearly as good as Dave, or Eric for that matter, but I’ll be damned if I don’t keep trying.

JAMessiah Rockwell: My father left his guitars within reach as a child. And he had also been custom-building a Telecaster-Les Paul hybrid with an American Chestnut body while I was in high school, that I very fortunately received as a gift when I graduated. I felt obligated to learn at that point. And for whatever reason, probably the primitive World Wide Web of MIDI and tabs in 1998, I tuned into Robert Johnson and Carlos Santana first. But in full disclosure, my earliest guitar influences were C.C. Deville of Poison and the late, great Prince Nelson Rogers. Since I struggled to sound remotely like the aforementioned greats, I got into bass guitar a quick year after picking up a six string and fell in love. Then I turned to Flea, Claypool, Bill Gould, Trevor Dunn, and all the funk, blues, jazz and soul bass players for guidance.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

JW: When we were playing out a lot, I probably would have said the strap locks on my Les Paul. But since we did the whole Planned Obsolescence record remotely by trading .wav files across three states, I guess I’ll have to say I couldn’t live without my Izotope plug-ins.

JAM: Lately it’s been my Peavey Classic 20 mini tube amp. I use it for anything with strings, for live jamming and recording. But the equipment I really can’t live without are my ears, fingers, and imagination. That’s all a guitarist or bassist really needs to rock anyway.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

JW: Gojira’s “Fortitude” has got to be my favorite major label release, although Royal Blood’s new one is probably a close second. Then again, since Stone Robot’s “Planned Obsolescence” was released in March of 2021, I’ll shamelessly pick that.

JAM: I shamelessly ditto JW! I fell behind the curve during the pandemic. I just recently listened to the Tomahawk’s latest release, Tonic Immobility, thanks to a reminder from my Stone Robot brethren. I think Dunn and Denison did a particularly fantastic job on this album!

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

JW: I would love to learn from Ken Andrews. Not necessarily about the technical side of playing but about the art of sonic layering and music production.

JAM: It would have to be Robert Johnson for me. The intrigue of his early tragedy, mysterious sabbatical, and confident return as the most skilled blues guitarist on the earth (at the time) fascinates me. I’d like to crib from his technique, but I’d love to know what happened at the crossroads.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

JW: Don’t get discouraged when you try to emulate your favorite players but fall short and plateau. You’ll progress and inevitably plateau again, but if you stick with it, you can find your sound.

JAM: I’d second J-Dub’s tips and add a little something about creation. Never count out a little idea, record your noodling and review it with a friend/musical co-creator. Me and B.Steels (Stone Robot’s lead vocalist) would create new songs together about 3 per week on average just by bouncing lyrical and musical content off each other. I feel like I progressed the most as a bass player by this partnership, but just as importantly by jamming hours on end, mostly improv, with a human drummer. Nothing can develop critical timing and feel like improv with a percussionist, whether you play guitar or bass.

 

You can find all of our collective work on our website at www.stonerobotband.com

Our debut album, “Planned Obsolescence” is available for purchase both physically and digitally on our website or just digitally on apple music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1559502844?ls=1&app=itunes 

Or Stream us everywhere on:

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1559502844

https://open.spotify.com/album/54rYQEJQN9j8dI1l64YULT

https://pandora.app.link/DaJHEzeREhb

https://deezer.page.link/kgRVWSsJcPBtheiT8

or any other streaming station!

Also, if you want to see some of our music videos you can check out our youtube channel, which we continue to update, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbihY7Y-cuAdDNO88PL5-Pg

Then look us up on social Media: www.facebook.com/stonerobotband

www.twitter.com/stonerobotband

www.instagram.com/stonerobotband

and on www.tiktok.com/@stonerobotband

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Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Zach and Ethan Smith join Leo Cox to form a hard-hitting, hard rocking group from the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Combining the raw energy of 70s punk rock with the shredding solos and thundering bass of Van Halen and Metallica with influences ranging from heavy metal, to grunge to pop, this trio is the adrenaline-fuelled head-banging shot to the serotonin boosters you’ve been looking for.

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

1. Who inspired you to start playing? 

(Zach) When I first started really playing my favourite guitar player was Slash, and I still think he’s amazing. I would try to take a bunch of his techniques and incorporate them into my own playing. 

(Leo) Hendrix got me started for guitar. Geddy Lee or Geezer Butler inspired me to play bass though. 

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

(Zach) A tuner pedal. A musician should definitely be able to tune by ear, but if you’re planning on playing live, where there are multiple sources of noise and you can’t hear anything anyways, a tuner is absolutely essential. 

(Leo) None of it, probably surprisingly because I’m the biggest gear-head in the band. As much as I care about the equipment I use, I’m such a huge fan of “getting a sound out of anything” I don’t care about what gear I’m using if it’s in a pinch. 

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

(Zach) Mammoth WVH. What a killer rock album. Wolfgang Van Halen plays all the instruments, and it’s clear he is extremely skilled at all of them. 

(Leo) The new Greta Van Fleet album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is pretty awesome. 

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

(Zach) Paul Gilbert. One of the best guitarists ever, plus he’s actually a guitar teacher. His solos are always incredible, and I’d love to talk to him about how he comes up with such complicated but awesome riffs like ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind’ or ‘Addicted To That Rush’.

(Leo) Jaco Pastorius. 

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

(Zach) Play with other people, it will help you become a better player in so many ways. You can pick up tips from different people you play with, and apply them to your own playing. 

(Leo) Stay open minded to every genre of music, but don’t ever play music you don’t want to because you think it’ll make you “better.” Play whatever genre inspires you to play, man.

 

Links

https://www.instagram.com/stonebrother_official/

https://www.facebook.com/stonebrotherofficial/

https://open.spotify.com/album/5aH570vdsEPHQuWybIt7bi?si=CRVe93PgRY2XxlSGuW1ZvQ

stonebrother.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/stonebrother 

https://youtube.com/channel/UCvHeSxF3f59dLP_Y9Q2fBxw

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Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

Dan Heathcote is the frontman for Zadkiel, a four-piece Alternative/Progressive Rock band from Nottingham. He’s recently released his new solo acoustic album, Limbic System. I caught up with the singer-songwriter to ask him the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
I saw Radiohead live on The Bends tour in 1995 at Nottingham Rock City. That gig was probably the most influential and inspiring gig I’ve ever been to. It was like an outpouring of feeling and a really journey of emotions.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
My computer is pretty vital. I have a Mac Book Pro Lap Top for Home recording with Logic X music software.
Playing the studio it’s a real asset to how the songs sound when recording. In terms of Live it stays at home and I go back to the basics of playing the songs.. with electric guitar and effects.. and sometimes some piano or synth.. I like my effects pedals especially my Strymon reverb pedal The Blue Sky and my Ventris Reverb pedal by Source Audio.. it gives a trippy ambience to the tracks.
My acoustic guitar is probably the most important thing for actually writing the songs. I have a Takemine electro acoustic, which I use for solo acoustic performances.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Steven Wilson’s The Future Bites. In 2021 no one has nailed the zeitgeist of the times like him.
It’s an album about consumerism and our online digital market place, but also a dark exploration of Self.
It’s not necessarily musically his best album. But it’s a fascinating social commentary all the same.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Probably would have to choose Trent Reznor and ask practical things about writing and recording techniques.
He’s a techno-wizard and a great piano player too.. so would appreciate some music theory from him about scales and modes! Thankfully he’s alive and going from strength to strength as a soundtrack composer.
I love his work with Nine Inch Nails in the 90’s.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Practice makes perfect, but nothing is ever perfect, or finished so it’s all a constant evolution. Evolution doesn’t happen without practice though.. so fend off the stagnation and get inspired to reach a technical level where you can do the things you want to performance wise. You don’t need to be a virtuoso player (although there’s nothing wrong with that though) but if you want to be there’s much work ahead.

 

Dan Heathcote’s debut acoustic solo album Limbic System Is out now at danheathcote.bandcamp.com/releases and will be released on CD in August on The Public House Brand label..

The first single Hive Mind Is available on most digital music platforms and the video at – youtube.com/watch?v=5qdr5WaWO-I
New website coming soon.. – www.zadkiel.co.uk
ZADKIEL UK Bandcamp – Music | Zadkiel
Zadkiel UK Twitter – https://twitter.com/ZadkielUK
DAN HEATHCOTE – Hive Mind Youtube video.. – Watch HERE
DAN HEATHCOTE  – LIMBIC SYSTEM album on bandcamp.. – Limbic System, by Dan Heathcote
Dan Heathcote – Hive Mind, iTunes / Apple Music – Hive Mind by Dan Heathcote
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Quick Questions With The Simple Radicals

Quick Questions With The Simple Radicals

The Simple Radicals combines sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic/alt-rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. Our album is titled “New Revolution” (HERE).

It features the guitar-God Vernon Reid from the band Living Colour playing lead guitar on our track “Medicate” ( HERE).  We also just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” which provides a candid and mocking lampoon at President Trump.

And we just released a podcast series called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a craft beer with an all-star musician. Our first show features world-class drummer Kenny Aronoff who has played with virtually every A-lister including John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. Watch HERE

Quick Questions With The Simple Radicals

These questions were answered by John Griffin, lead guitarist of the Chicago-based rock band The Simple Radicals

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
Jimi Hendrix no doubt. Was one of the most innovative and ingenious guitarists of all time. He inspired so many musicians over the decades including me.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
Honestly, all I need is one guitar!!! That’s it. Just to have the axe in my hands is enough for me.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
You have to check out the album Visions of the Void by Red Fiction. Jason Schimmel is such a brilliant guitarist who can jump from one style to the next including blues, jazz, rock, folk and heavy metal. And it’s so well produced. Seriously check this mother out.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
The Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel…who is still alive thankfully. He has this incredible fingerstyle technique and was named the best acoustic guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine a couple times. Listen to the album “The Day Finger Pickers Took Over The World” that he recorded with his hero Chet Atkins. It’s sick beyond sick.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Keep your ears open to EVERYTHING, don’t get in your own way.

 

You can follow us on:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimpleRadicals/

Twitter: twitter.com/simpleradicals

Instagram: instagram.com/simpleradicals

Website: www.thesimpleradicals.com

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Quick Questions With Prime (UK Band)

Quick Questions With Prime (UK Band)

Prime are an explosive, creative and passionate band from East Midlands, UK. Having supported Space, Dodgy and Electric Six at various o2 venues and played Tramlines Sheffield, MAH, Hockley Hustle Nottingham and Phoenix Alternative Festival Wales, amongst others, they were described by Notts TV’s Mark Del as: “A band you must see live”.

Quick Questions With Prime

Their previous singles ‘Bye Bye’ and ‘In Summer’ were featured by Christian Carlisle and Dean Jackson (BBC Sheffield/East Midlands) and were described by the latter as “great music.”
Prime are a band who are exciting and rebellious in equal measures.

 

Quick Questions With Prime (UK Band)

Quick Questions With PrimeChris D Bramley – Guitarist

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
Probably my cousin as he had Guitar Hero so I would always go round to play it!

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
My Hughes and Kettner amp. I’ve had it since I was 13 and I still take it everywhere.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Fat Pop by Paul Weller. It’s a good quality pop album, really well-produced and well thought out. Crafted so well that you can hear the small details in the music.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac. First of all he would probably teach me not to do acid! Seriously though, I think I could learn so much about feel and phrasing which he was the master at.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Stick at it, enjoy what you do, stay open-minded musically and explore different genres and styles, is the best advice I could give.

 

Website – http://www.primeband.co.uk/about-prime-uk-band.html

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/track/0VdThv06V4OWv91CKXyAFx

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ukprime

Bandcamphttps://prime4.bandcamp.com/

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Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Based out of the Norwegian mountain community Auma, comes the grungy alt-pop duo Ask Carol. Ask Carol is a high energy power-duo with a big sound. Multitasking is their middle name. Two guitars, drums, a synth, a drum machine and an unique splitting system for Carol’s guitar, makes this two-piece sound like a full band. Their sound can be fierce and mean, then suddenly turn soft and comforting.

Their sound could make you think of artists like the Kills, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a Nordic, melancholic twist. Ask Carol has toured in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Scandinavia, SXSW two times and more, and supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Their first EP was released on Grappa Musikkforlag. The band now put out their music on ChoVan Records, their own Indie Label. Given the special circumstances, tours and concerts are postponed. They have a concert scheduled for September 4th in Oslo. This year they will be focusing on new singles, and an upcoming album slated for Fall 2021.

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Ask: I remember reading the biography of The Clash, about when they started out in London, and it really inspired me, so I picked up my mum’s old guitar and started making a little sound. That was where it all started, and it snowballed from there on, and well, now we’re here.

Carol: I’ve been surrounded by music since before birth. My dad put headphones on mum’s belly when she was pregnant. Haha. But my first memory was/is probably of my dad playing “The Stones” or Deep Purple and my mum ABBA or something on vinyl records. I’ve been super interested in music since I was small, but when I saw the movie “Sister act 2” with Lauryn Hill (when I was maybe seven), I knew I wanted to sing, but it took me almost twenty years to actually do it. I fell in love with the sound and the looks of the guitar about the same time, but that was also a long process. I bought my first guitar when I was 15, super inspired by the grunge era. You can say I’m I late bloomer. Haha.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

That must be the guitar. The guitar is the most important thing for both of us.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Ever since Spotify and stream took over, our music listening habits changed. We really don’t follow artists the way we did before. Also, we have been so busy with making our own thing work during the covid situation, that there has been very little time to check out new stuff. These might not necessarily be our favourite albums, but som great albums from this spring are Royal Blood’s «Typhoons», the new Black Keys album «Delta Kream», «Blue Weekend» from Wolf Alice, just to mention a few. There are many more great ones out there, they ofte just drown in the sheer amount of new releases coming out.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Oh, that’s a tricky one. One guitarist we really love is Jimi Hendrix, and it would be awesome to get a lesson for him. His style is unique, and seeing what he does, how he does, and his philosophy on creating guitar parts, that would be super interesting.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Just do it! If you sit around doing nothing, nothing will ever happen.

We are currently working on our debut album. It will be released this Fall, with a few singles first, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, you can check out the new music video for our latest single, Darkest Hour

Oh, and btw, if you want you can sign up for our newsletter here, and you’ll get a free download of our song Come Closer: https://askcarolmusic.ck.page/comecloser

Links to Social Media etc.

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Quick Questions With Catching Mangoes

Quick Questions With Catching Mangoes

Catching Mangoes are a three-piece rock band, George, Max and Dan, based in Brighton, UK. After forming in around 2016, they have played relentlessly around the UK and have recently recorded their debut album ‘Kevin’s Town’ in Brighton.

The album follows the tale of a young boy named Kevin on his adventures, escaping his home town in search of the truth about himself and his fellow townsfolk. In trying to figure out the mystery surrounding his long-lost father, Kevin comes to realise that only he can save his town from a terrible fate.

Quick Questions With Catching Mangoes

Quick Questions With Catching Mangoes

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

I started playing guitar when I was around 8 or 9. Can’t really remember what inspired me to start at that point but I remember loving Jimi Hendrix when I was younger. Then got into bands and thought it was super cool so never stopped.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

One of my guitars I guess. I probably play my acoustic which is a Martin most of all and do a lot of writing on that, but I never really use it outside of playing on my own. Band wise I use a Fender Jaguar Bass which I absolutely love. Planning on investing in a Mustang at some point when I get some money.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

We’ve not released our album just yet so that makes it a tough call. Nah just kidding, Fontaines DC released a new album that I’m into, but that may have been 2020.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

I reckon Jeff Buckley was a pretty cool dude and has a mega voice so I’ll go with him. Or maybe Jim Morrison.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

Persistence is key but play stuff you enjoy playing, otherwise there’s no point.

 

We have our 4th a final single from our upcoming album ‘Kevin’s Town’ out on 24th June. The tune is called Bloom Orlando and we’re celebrating in style on 26th June down at the Hop Yard in Forest Row. We then take on London on 17th July and Brighton on 16th August before we hit the north later this year. Full album should be out mid August so keep ya eyes peeled for that, Vinyl pending too!

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2McKGYjLuYuPwU2kCz1ksx?si=9WqcybbqQVWdoUwwD86XZg&dl_branch=1

www.catchingmangoes.com for all our social links!

Thanks for listening see you all soon xxx

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Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

Ghosts of Sunset features former Dutch Henry singer-songwriter John Merchant from Western Michigan, and one time Michigan resident and now residing in Florida, multi-instrumentalist and former The Verve Pipe drummer Todd Long,

The duo are presenting a full-length album titled “No Saints in the City”. Following the formula laid down by “Headed West”, Merchant and Long once again invited musical input from a cast of influences that includes members of 1980s “hair-metal” staples like Bang Tango, Little Caesar, Lita Ford, and E’nuff Z’nuff, but widens its musical palette with guests from bands like Gene Loves Jezebel, the Cruzados, and the Great Affairs.

While not a “concept” in the pure sense that “Headed West” was, “No Saints in the City” still uses its 11 songs to deeply explore characters, their struggles, and the human experience. The album serves up music you can hear with songs you can feel.

The first single on Golden Robot Records, “No Saints in the City” due out on June 8, 2021 mines the fertile soil of the quest to “make it” on the streets of New York City and just what the true cost is spiritually and emotionally. The attention of detail paid to the songs main character instantly connects and draws the listener in.

A second single to be released later in 2021, “If You’re Not Coming Back” looks at addiction, love, and loss with an unflinching eye. Ghosts of Sunset pride themselves in being able to present material with “weight” as well as good-time, punk attitude, solid rock n roll.

“No Saints in the City” still bears the mark and influence of the 1980s hard rock and “hair-metal” scene, but opens its door to a wide-range of influences as varied as late 70s punk and rock n roll like the New York Dolls, the early glitter of Bowie, the ground-breaking work of Hanoi Rocks, as well as artists like Jesse Malin, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and even authors like Danny Lyon and his book “Bikeriders” (a result of a deep affinity for the music of Memphis Tennessee-based rockers Lucero).

Throughout “No Saints in the City”, guitars clash over a relentless bed of driving bass and drums, while lyrics and vocals avoid typical cliché as they further compositions that take twists and turns eliciting a visceral response to every story told.

Ghosts of Sunset and “No Saints in the City” will definitely leave a mark that keeps listeners returning again and again trying to place themselves inside of each story

Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Todd – I am originally a drummer but when my friends started leaving their guitars at my house for band practice I decided to just pick them up and start noodling around.

John – My dad was a musician and I really wanted to be like him when I was really young. After that, John Lennon and George Harrison were the first guitarists whose name I knew and wanted to emulate.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?  

Todd – I could not live without my computer or my pod for a quick easy recording.

John – Right now it’s my Rockitt Retros 68 Plexi and my Valvetrain Ghost 211 boost. Both are amazing. Kevin at Rockitt Retros builds the best handwired Plexi style amp on Earth, and Rick at Valvetrain Amps has built me killer amps over the years and the Ghost 211 tranlucent boost takes anything you plug it into and gives it additional character you can’t hear on its own.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

Todd – The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground

John – Its not brand new, but “Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt” from the Great Affairs has more hooks than a tackle box and so many amazing guitar tones it should be handed out as a lesson book on rock n roll tones.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Todd – I would love a lesson from Yngwie Malmsteen. I could never get to that level of playing though. My fingers just won’t do that!

John – It would be nice to sit down with George Harrison and learn what his mindset was when he approached a song. He always plays for the song and creates timeless parts.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

Todd – play what you feel inside! Don’t follow trends, be a trendsetter!
John –  Love it for it’s own sake. Do it because you can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

Links

www.ghostsofsunset.com
facebook.com/ghostsofsunset
twitter.com/ghostsofsunset
Instagram.com/ghostsofsunset
https://m.soundcloud.com/user-985666465
On Spotify, Apple Music and Itunes search for Ghosts Of Sunset

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Quick Questions With Christopher Taylor

Quick Questions With Christopher Taylor

Yorkshire artist, Christopher Taylor, is a song-writer who loves to work both alone and in collaboration with other musicians and friends.

Over the years he has played and sung in a number of bands and as a solo artist, at all sorts of events and venues. Having been a professional musician in his 20’s, in 2011 Chris got the opportunity to once again play professionally which gave more time for his real passion for writing and performing his own songs.

It is as a soloist (vocals and guitar) that he currently gigs most of the time, although he can also call upon other musicians to add that extra colour as and when required.

Quick Questions With Christopher Taylor

Quick Questions With Christopher Taylor

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

I think it would have to be Alice Cooper. It was seeing him and the band on Top of the Pops that really made me think I want to have a bit of that. I had a go at the piano and it wasn’t really for me but once I picked up the guitar I was hooked.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without

My Taylor GS Mini – I’ve got a few guitars but this once is a great guitar to play live. I also use it in the studio, the tone is spot on for my style of playing.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

I think it would have to be the latest one by Counting Crows called Butter Miracle Suite One.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Tough question but probably Prince. Really love his guitar style and the way he moved on stage as he played. A great stage presence.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

‘Make time to play everyday’ would be my advice. When I went pro again 11 years ago I needed to learn a whole host of cover songs and was playing like 3-4 hors a day. The improvement in my chords and different styles of playing really stood out.

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