Joshua Travis on his love of rhythm guitar: “I’ve always wanted to hit you hard. Lead playing doesn’t hit me like that – it doesn’t punch you in the face”

Joshua Travis
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That Joshua Travis’s debut solo EP is titled NO REST should come as no surprise. Over the years, the American riff tactician has put together an impressively brutalizing body of work that has seen him steadily coursing through frantic mathcore licks with the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, delivering tech-djent heaviness with Glass Cloud, and more recently barreling through groove-forward, nine-string booms as the lead guitarist of Emmure.

Putting his name at the top of the marquee may be new, but NO REST ultimately builds off the guitarist’s affinity for body-obliterating rhythmic heaviness.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.