John Reis details his approach to guitar playing: “Rules are important – you need to know how to do something in order to know how to f**k with it”

John Reis
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You wouldn’t think a middle school benefit concert would be a breeding ground for veteran post-punk activity, but a SoCal student fundraiser is exactly where PLOSIVS – the supergroup co-anchored by Hot Snakes guitarist John Reis and Pinback vocalist-guitarist Rob Crow – premiered the songs from their self-titled debut. 

Speaking with Guitar World, Reis explains that while he and Crow have orbited around each other in San Diego’s punk scene for 30-plus years, it wasn’t until they kept running in to each other while dropping off their kids that they truly considered joining forces. Their live debut – which technically preceded both their band name and their current line-up – was apparently an A+. 

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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.