Nick Casasanto delivers a super-infectious playthrough of Knuckle Puck's Sidechain

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Knuckle Puck are at the forefront of modern day pop-punk. September saw the release of the band's highly anticipated third studio album, 20/20, a joyous riot fueled by gain-heavy powerchords, super-tight instrumentation and luscious vocal harmonies – a perfect blend for anyone seeking a much-needed dose of optimism in these crazy times.

Guitarist Nick Casasanto joins Guitar World today to blaze through the infectious leads and rock-solid rhythm lines of Sidechain, the record's ultra-catchy third track.

He plays a Fender Jazzmaster hollowbody electric guitar – with a Curtis Novak wide-range humbucking pickup in the bridge – through a Revv D-20 amp and a Universal Audio Apollo 8p interface. He also uses the 20/20, an overdrive pedal he designed in collaboration with Mike Pappalardo of Compendium Engineering

“Sidechain is a feelgood punk song that we wrote early on for 20/20,” Casasanto says. “The simple rhythm chords that both guitars jam on were meant to sound very thick and full when played together. 

“The 20/20 Overdrive does a great job of gluing both parts together, which is something that Kevin [Maida] and I focus on when dialing in our guitar tone.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.