Seek Irony arose out of Tel Aviv, Israel's burgeoning music scene. But it wasn’t until founding members—and brothers—Kﬁr and Rom Gov relocated to Austin, Texas, that things really began to change. Shortly after their arrival, the brothers welcomed several new band members, including Berklee-trained guitarist Alex Campbell.
Seated across from one another in a cavernous, chilly San Francisco photo studio, Tosin Abasi and Guthrie Govan are deep in conversation, dissecting and debating the relative merits of various guitar neck tone woods. They’re both clearly attuned to the same profound level of guitar geekery—fretboard brothers. But it’s hard to imagine two human beings more different in appearance.
Besides bringing a familiar face to the band, Matt’s arrival heralds a new-found dynamic; Human introduces heavier, darker shades to the band's songwriting and sound. New tracks like “I Am Machine” offer inspired, hook-laden riffs while “Painkiller” tackles more personal topics from a unique point of view.
Kiss guitarists and Les Pauls just seem to go together. Just ask Tommy Thayer, who just introduced his new Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul. We caught up with Thayer—just days before he headed out on a whirlwind tour of Japan—to discuss the new guitar and a whole lot more.
Becoming a country music singer wasn’t high on Thomas Rhett’s list of priorities when he moved to Nashville. Born and raised in Georgia, Rhett played guitar and sang, and tested the music-industry waters by spending time on the road with his father, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.
Justin Hayward—whose career has spanned a staggering 50 years—has played a huge role in modern music history. Whether it’s his tasteful guitar playing with the Moody Blues or as a solo artist, or his endless catalog of classic songs—including “Nights in White Satin” and “Question"—Hayward is a true living legend.
You could call Steve Hackett’s new album, Wolflight, a rock record, but it’s so much more than that. Besides its healthy doses of rock, R&B and jazz, the album, which will be released April 7, reveals the Influence of 19th-century composers and features some unusual instrumentation, not to mention a healthy dose of Hackett’s inspired guitar work.
In a career that’s spanned more than 25 years, guitarist extraordinaire Richie Kotzen has built an impressive resume of albums that showcase his unique shredding prowess, vocals, songwriting and vast musical knowledge. For Kotzen’s recently released 20th solo album, Cannibals, we find the guitarist exploring some new territory.
If you’re looking for a guitarist who can learn 30 songs in an afternoon, dial in the perfect tone on queue and then rip a face-melting solo in front of 30,000 people, Justin Derrico’s your guy. Just ask Pink, Robin Thicke or Beyonce.
Thal, whose unique guitar work is an undisputed highlight of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album (2008), also headlines as a solo act and helps raise awareness for several constructive causes, including the Red Cross, Operation Smile and the Earthquake Relief Fund.