Graham Coxon: “A big part of me wishes I had just kept everything simple with Blur and played Gibson Les Pauls for everything”

Graham Coxon
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The feedback from Graham Coxon's guitar has been buzzing around the heads of his fans for the better portion of 30 years, and while Coxon's heroics with Blur are well known, the band's propensity for long pauses seems to have found Coxon searching for other creative outlets. As such, with the inspiration flowing, Coxon and his new musical partner Rose Elinor Dougal began to craft the music that would become their debut material as The WAEVE during lockdown.

“We're both fans of folk music, so there's an elemental side to the landscape of this music that reflects that,” recalls Coxon. “There's an energy of Great Britain's countryside buzzing throughout this album and I think it gave this album a lot of its identity. 

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.