Guitar playthrough + Q&A: Make Way For Man go balls-to-the-wall with the ripping "Rites"

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Before they drop their scorching new EP Rites this Friday, Perth prog-metallers Make Way For Man have celebrated its absolutely mental title track with an up-close look at how guitarist Drew Shepherd makes his magic happen.

Like the four-minute anthem itself, Shepherd's playing is all kinds of enigmatic, equally coarse and colourful as he tears along the fretboard with frenetic aplomb. It's also batshit f***ing crazy – how he manages to soar through such explosive riffs without hitting a single bung note has all of us at AGHQ with our jaws on the floor and jealousy levels immeasurable.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…