There are fans of Pink Flag and then there are fans of Wire. It's near impossible not to get into the short, punky and surprisingly hook-laden tracks on the band's 1977 debut, with Colin Newman and Bruce Gilbert angular riffing complimented perfectly by Newman's wry observations on modern life.
The Cribs aren’t your typical British guitar punks. That may be due to the fact that guitarist and bassist, Ryan and Gary Jarman, have known each other since, well, the crib. The twins form two-thirds of one of the UK’s most popular indie acts (They’re joined by younger brother Ross behind the drums), whose fifth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, comes out May 15 via Wichita Recordings.
Guitarist Walter Trout has a resume that reads like a who’s who of rock and blues legends. From his days in Canned Heat, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers to playing lead for John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Bo Diddley Walter paid his dues and then some. I spoke with Walter to hear all about his new CD Blues For The Modern Daze, which was released April 24 via Mascot Music Productions.
Glenn Tilbrook has always been something of a rarity. The Squeeze lead vocalist is one of the only frontmen of his generation of New Wave rockers -- a generation that includes Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Debbie Harry, Ric Okasek, David Byrne and Ian Dury -- who could write and sing a boundless collection of brilliant, hook-filled hits and then grace them with catchy, lightning-fast guitar solos.
Don't look now, but there may be a winner for the longest-lasting modern garage rock band, and it's a bit of a shock. Apparently, things made in Sweden just last longer. The Hives rode in on the same garage rock revival wave as the White Stripes, the Strokes and the Vines. However, unlike the other groups of the movement, the Hives never made the mistake of taking themselves too seriously.
Mick Taylor's path to glory started one night in 1965 when the guitarist in John Mayall's backing band, The Bluesbreakers, played hooky from a gig. A guitar and amp were present -- but their owner, Eric Clapton -- had somewhere else to be. Sixteen-year-old Mick Taylor, who was in the audience that night, asked Mayall if he could sit in. The band leader agreed, and Taylor, who was already familiar with Mayall's material, made a strong and lasting impression.
I recently sat down with one of the brains behind the metal monster that is Testament, riff master Eric Peterson. We talked about all things metal -- including gear, practicing, touring and more -- in this two-part interview. Keep your eyes peeled for Testament's upcoming release, The Dark Roots Of Earth.