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Psychojet

Contrasting players set to soar above the instrumental masses Instrumental rock is constantly building in popularity, but without lyrics, one of the key differentiators between good and bad instrumentals is whether it tells a story. Songs need a narrative, a sense of direction, purpose and structure. Fortunately, Northern Irish post-rockers Psychojet have one hell of … Continue reading

Andy Fosberry and Sunset Graves

Do-it-all guitarist working beyond the Graveyard Thanks to advances in music technology, more and more guitarists are going it alone: writing, producing, programming and playing all instruments themselves. But few do it better – or do more – than Andy Fosberry, otherwise known as Sunset Graves. His material spans everything from acoustic ballads through electronica … Continue reading

Ryan Bruce (fluff191) and Black Metal Bicycle

Meticulous metal axeman gives gear demos a be-spoke twist Over the past few years, YouTube gear demos have become a bit of a big deal, regularly attracting thousands of views. But, while they’re a fantastic resource, these demos have a tendency to showcase the stifled creativity of the demonstrators – there are only so many … Continue reading

Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

It’s been five years in the making, but Led Zeppelin’s 2007 O2 Arena gig is finally seeing a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release in the form of Celebration Day. This is exciting news, since anyone who was there (myself included) will tell you that the band were on phenomenal form. Guitarist Jimmy Page, in particular, was certainly playing … Continue reading

Tommy Kessler, Rock Of Ages and Blondie

From Broadway to Blondie: an axeman rocking across the ages Getting to the pro circuit takes years of hard work, mostly in sweaty bars, but, sometimes, the road that takes you there can be more glamorous than others. Tommy Kessler‘s career path is certainly that way inclined, going from New York’s Blue Man Group to … Continue reading

Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and The Darkness

It was the reunion everyone was praying for. Now, rockers extrordinaire The Darkness have been announced as Lady Gaga’s main support act on her forthcoming UK tour. An odd pairing perhaps, but when you consider the band’s propensity for eccentricity and showmanship, it makes perfect sense. Sort of. Of course, an essential part of The … Continue reading

Jack White

Ah, Jack White. The man of a thousand mysteries but one distinctive tone. He needs little introduction, other than to say that he’s performed in a few ‘the’-prefaced bands (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and collaborated with a number of fairly famous musicians (like, I dunno, The Rolling Stones, Beck, Jeff Beck … Continue reading

Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine

The unthinkable has happened: four years on from initial rumblings, My Bloody Valentine have finally announced reissues of Isn’t Anything and Loveless, as well as a compilation of early EPs. The Irish noisemakers’ brief career gave the world a masterclass in carefully-produced dream pop and spawned a legion of imitators in their wake. A large … Continue reading

Michael Garfield

Acoustic guitars, a floorful of pedals and an improvisatory philosophy When we play the guitar, we don’t often think about its position in the world or how it communicates in a philosophical sense – it’s more about how to best nail the next lick. However, for psychedelic acoustic-looping philosopher Michael Garfield, the player’s relationship with … Continue reading

Rhodri Viney, Ratatosk and Right Hand Left Hand

To say Rhodri Viney has been involved with a few bands in Cardiff is one hell of an understatement. He’s played a role in a staggering number of acts, including Stray Borders, Martin Carr, Sweet Baboo, Vito, Little My, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Sophia, Brave Captain, Cymbient and The Secret Show – the country side project … Continue reading

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