Web Hordes

March 1, 2010

GUITAR PLAYER INVITES all D.I.Y. artists and bands to share their guitar skills with our reader community. This opportunity is open to any player/band with a Web site or MySpace page that has their music posted. All you have to do is go to myspace.com/guitarplayermag, add the magazine as a friend, and invite “Editor Boy” to your music space. If you’re not on MySpace, simply send an invite to mmolenda@musicplayer .com. I’ll check out your tracks and determine whether you get coverage in this column. Tracks are evaluated for creativity, composition, guitar chops, and audio-production quality— or you may make the cut simply because your track is surprising, interesting, or brilliantly awful. Good luck

gp0310_Hordes_VatchersThe Vatcher Brothers San Bruno, California “How”
Real songs with actual choruses, clever lyrics, memorable melodies, and compelling production values seem to be coming back, and, if so, the Vatchers are going to cash in. “How” is a rockin’ delight that just keeps punching out the goodies—one of which is the simple, yet searing solo at 1:55. Bravo, boys!







gp0310_Hordes_WillPowerWill Power Franklin, Michigan “From Nothing to Something”
Power can blast, but he allows his song to develop chordally and melodically before unleashing the shred—a savvy move, as “From Nothing to Something” serves up some great musical moments. Some guitar parts fall off the groove, however, and that’s a drag, as a tighter performance would send this instrumental into bliss overdrive.









gp0310_Hordes_CalicoCalico Middlesex, New Jersey “Celebrity Crush”
This acoustic-driven song goes down as easy as hot chocolate on a winter afternoon, and vocalist Mike has a wonderful voice (even when he channels Radiohead a bit too much). Sundeep’s jagged wah solo is quite an unexpected wake-up call, and it kicks the song into another headspace. Good stuff.






gp0310_Hordes_Orpha2239DDOrphan Project Abingdon, Maryland “Head On Your Platter”
What’s not to like about a shamelessly self-important prog tune with cinematic synths, chattering guitars, a truly mesmerizing vocalist in Shane Lankford, and a pretty darn brilliant chorus? The big solo is taken by keyboardist John Neiswinger—sorry, loyal GP readers—but it soars with guitaristic impact and a slinky grace.







gp0310_Hordes_JoeLoPiccoloJoe LoPiccolo Los Angeles, California “Thunder”
LoPiccolo only puts excerpts on his page because his music is “available commercially” (I guess he hasn’t yet learned what the major labels learned the hard way). It’s a shame we can’t hear “Thunder” in its entirety—it’s extremely beautiful, and LoPiccolo’s melodic runs, sensitive dynamics, and nylon-string tone are truly remarkable.






gp0310_Hordes_DavidYeagerDavid Yeager Chicago, Illinois “Light of the World”
Yeager’s Christian-rock song is practically a master class on stirring composition, arranging stunning vocal harmonies, song dynamics, evocative audio production, and keeping a listener’s interest for 4:40. There’s no hot guitar here, as it supports the track rather than taking center stage, but the song is so gorgeous that I didn’t even notice.









gp0310_Hordes_Killer2239DEThe Killer Jellyfish Rockaway, New Jersey “Whitewashed”
The live jam that is “Whitewashed” reminds me of the psychedelic workouts at San Francisco’s Fillmore around ’67. The tune takes some time to develop, of course, but Ron Vreeland’s voice is seductive, Matt Huppert and Chad Kessler lay down some crunchygood tones, and Kessler’s outro solo is a real thrill.






gp0310_Hordes_VerneAndruVerne Andru Vancouver, British Columbia “DV8”
Andru is a designer, illustrator, and comic-book artist, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that “DV8” is so arty and angular and weird. Over a pulsating groove, Andru’s guitar darts in and out like a spastic robot, sputtering shards of fuzzy and jazzy lines that ooze edgy cool.

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