“Flea said, ‘Dude, you have to sit down with my guitar player, John – he’s the best.’ I wasn’t a fan yet, but I said, ‘Cool. Let’s do it’”: How Zach Irons established a vital new voice in guitar playing – with a little help from John Frusciante

Zach Irons of AWOLNATION performs at the Forum on November 10, 2018 in Inglewood, California.
(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Since joining synth-indie meets alt-dance outfit AWOLNATION in 2015, Zach Irons has injected dissonant doses of atmospheric pressure via distinctive gear choices, a craving for vintage tube amps, and a burning love for a vintage Strat gifted to him by John Frusciante.

But it doesn’t hurt that Zach is the son of former Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, who has traversed all of rock’s sonic spectrum. All that is to say that Zach Irons refuses to stagnate, instead basing his young career upon perpetual forward motion.

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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.