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Cameron Johnson and Atma Weapon

An arsenal of gear for an army of styles To put it simply, Cameron Johnson is a guitar-playing chameleon. While he melts faces in metal project Atma Weapon, he also has a master’s degree in Film Scoring and frequently adjusts his playing style, not to mention his gear, to fit the needs of his client. … Continue reading

Steev Livingstone, Simon Ward and Errors

Last week, I went to see bright young electro-rock upstarts Errors and thoroughly enjoyed it (as indicated in my review of the evening), not least because of the exquisite guitar tones interspersing some incredibly animated synths. Me being the guitar nerd I am, I took a few photos of guitarists Steev Livingston and Simon Ward and their … Continue reading

Ben Budd, Mike Miller and Richard Parker

Post-rock is becoming a bit of a dirty word these days; bands left, right and centre are claiming to be the next Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. However, if there’s one group set to buck the trend, it’s Leeds-based instrumentalists Richard Parker. Their melodies are poignant without delving into cliché and the whole package … Continue reading

Will Ballantyne and Quaternin

If nothing else, Canadian duo Quaternin deserve an award for best genre classification: guitarist Will Ballantyne describes their sound as “new instrumental music”. Personally, I’d place their musical traits somewhere in the realms of the avant-garde or jazz but to pigeonhole it would be to do the duo a disservice. You can certainly hear elements … Continue reading

Mike Vennart, Steve Durose, Gambler and Oceansize

For some, this post probably doesn’t qualify for the famous guitar gear category. To them, I say listen to Oceansize. If there was ever a band who deserved more recognition, here it was, but sadly the Manchester five-piece went their separate ways in February of 2011. However, Oceansize still hold an enviable position in my heart, … Continue reading

Hywel Evans and Truckers of Husk

An interview with Cardiff’s math rock titans at Clwb Ifor Bach… plus video Truckers of Husk are one of the brightest stars in the Cardiff music scene’s glimmering constellation of acts. Although only a part-time band, their nuanced math rock stylings have attracted considerable attention, particularly on debut album Accelerated Learning, released last month on … Continue reading

Matt Stevens and The Fierce & the Dead

First of all, this interview has been placed in a bit of misleading category. Matt Stevens is not just an everyday guitarist: he’s an everyday guitar hero. In five years, he’s gone from winning over audiences at open mic nights to a recording solo artist in his own right, as well as performing as part … Continue reading

Coming up on Everyday Guitar Gear…

A quick post to tell everyone what’s coming up on the blog in the next few weeks. Tomorrow we’ll have an exclusive interview with Matt Stevens, solo guitarist extraordinaire and member of instrumental proggers The Fierce & the Dead. He’ll share insights into his gear and songwriting philosophies, as well as offering a few tips for … Continue reading

Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder and The Smashing Pumpkins

It’s another post-gig report on EDGG: last night I saw The Smashing Pumpkins at the Birmingham O2 Academy and was rather impressed. Sure, we could talk all day about how it’s not the same without James, D’Arcy or Jimmy and that some of the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope material is patchy at best but Billy Corgan … Continue reading

Jesse Sampermans and These Mountains Are Ghosts

Jesse Sampermans is the guitarist for Belgium metallers These Mountains Are Ghosts, who boast a Queens of the Stone Age-esque swagger and Mastodon-ised riffs with prog, stoner and hardcore tendencies. If these mountains are indeed ghosts, it’s the intense, encircling nature of Jesse’s riffs which form their spectral peak. Since he claims to have never … Continue reading

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