Alex Edkins: “I was open to getting basic with Weird Nightmare – I was like, ‘Oh, an open D chord? That feels awesome!’ I hadn’t done that in 10 years”

Weird Nightmare
(Image credit: Ryan Thompson)

One of the most radical things Alex Edkins does on his self-titled debut as Weird Nightmare is revel in the simplicity of an open D chord. Since 2008, the Toronto-based guitarist has cloaked the underlying melodies of his longtime METZ project with panic-locked six-string dissonance and a chimerical burst of fuzzes and delays. 

By contrast, early Weird Nightmare single Lusitania is a jubilant, jangle-heavy rave-up that pays homage to Edkins’ love of both the British Invasion and ‘90s-era hooks from the likes of Guided By Voices and The Amps. 

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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.