Polyphia hope “guitar music dies a painful death” - here’s why

Polyphia's Tim Henson
(Image credit: Olly Curtis/Future)

With their fusion of red-hot shred guitar lines and hip-hop-infused rhythms, Polyphia are arguably the most exciting instrumental electric guitar act around - but accordingly to recent comments by the band’s Tim Henson, he’d rather ‘guitar music’ didn’t exist at all.

In a new interview with Total Guitar (which also features Covet’s Yvette Young), Henson reveals that he never listens to music with guitars, instead consuming solely rap.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.