We were making Tales from Topographic Oceans, and we were in a studio called Morgon. It was the first 24 track-studio in London, and we were there for four months. When we got in the studio, being post-hippie, we needed to make it a bit friendly. Jon said, "I'd like a bathroom to sing in." So he had three walls brought in, tiled, and he sung in a booth with three walls of tiles so it sounded like his bathroom. Jon and I were having a lot of fun.
Thirty-five years after the release of The Jam's punk-rock classic In The City, The Jam's former frontman, Paul Weller, will release a new album, Sonik Kicks, in early 2012. The album, which will feature guest appearances by Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Graham Coxon of Blur, is scheduled to be released in the US March 27 on Yep Roc Records. It will be his 11th solo album.
There are plenty of great, affordable guitars available these days. With all the precise automation in guitar manufacturing, it’s difficult to find poorly made guitars. Here are three of five cool choices for less than $500. Read about the other two guitars right here.
Schecter Guitars announced the release of the Synyster Gates Custom-S, a guitar that has been in the works for several years. The guitar will be available in January 2012. This new Synyster Gates guitar features all the specs used on his signature model plus something special that has called his "secret weapon” -- the Sustainiac. This unique system resides in place of the neck humbucker (See photos below) and provides controlled feedback-sustain at all levels.
New guitars arrive all the time at the Guitar World office in New York City. Late last week, we received one of the new Desolation guitars by Charvel. There are 10 new guitars in this first wave of Charvel's Desolation series, including four single-cutaway DS models, three double-cutaway DC models and three Skatecaster SK models, which are based on the Charvel Surfcaster of the early 1990s.
According to Variety, Julie Delpy will be directing a movie about the life of Joe Strummer, the late frontman and guitarist from The Clash. The film, which will be called The Right Profile, named after a song on London Calling, will focus on Strummer's years with the band and his planned disappearance from the limelight in 1982.
One of the most promising bands to have come out of the American metal scene in recent times, Warbringer has just released their third studio album, Worlds Torn Asunder, by far their strongest effort yet.