“I have that Eddie Van Halen mentality of ‘it doesn’t really matter what it looks like – I wish someone would teach me, because it’s just been me destroying stuff!” David Pajo on modding guitars, Gang of Four and the launch of his lost folk-rock album

David Pajo
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David Pajo is an alt-rock veteran. His resume includes pioneering post-rock with Slint and Tortoise, contributing to the fleeting Billy Corgan-fronted Zwan, serving as a touring member of established bands (Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol), issuing solo albums, and currently, providing guitar for Gang of Four.

Of course, he’s known first and foremost as a guitarist, but for his latest project The Children’s Hour, Pajo has bypassed the six-string in favor of bass and drums – as heard throughout Going Home, an album that was originally recorded over 20 years ago, but is just seeing the light of day now.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.