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!
Tom Forst New York, New York “Tommy Rocket”
I was lured in by a pretty compelling intro—a driving groove, some nice organ swells, and a fat and sassy guitar. But the “rocket” starts sputtering around 1:00, sounding more like an aimless demo with a few clams. Bottom line: Forst is a fine player who needs to get serious
about audio production.
Tyrants of Steel Shreveport, Louisiana “My Fist Your Face”
Brilliantly dumb and hilarious hook! Sadly, the power that could have been is kneecapped by a one-dimensional live recording and a less-than-committed lead vocal. Guitarist Jayden Alexander has some good licks, and he takes a tasteful, melodic solo at 1:16, but there’s not enough of him busting through the mix.
Barry King Louisville, Kentucky “B-17”
I’m a B-17 bomber freak, so King’s World War II homage to his “gunner” father got my attention. The lock-step groove and harmony-line intro is fabulous, but I wasn’t so into the talk-sing approach. Decent story, though, and King’s ballsy solos are delightful. A salute to your dad, Barry!
Dave Baker Cleveland, Ohio “Blue Banana”
Non-stop guitar bliss! Baker’s slinky fusillades are thrilling, and his tone and technique are righteous. He also keeps the surprises coming by (a) not running out of gas, and (b) not repeating himself. One truly memorable hook would make this a surefire hit, but it’s still the find of the month.
Jimmy Dormire Nashville, Tennessee “The Burning Sky”
This is a journey that juxtaposes fleet and bluesy acoustic pickin’ with beautifully melodic electric-slide sections. Dormire’s chops and vocal-like phrasing are impressive, but the performances here are just a tad too studied to lift the track to the emotional climax it seems to promise.
Toofun Golchin Newhall, California “Plastic Smile”
“Plastic Smile” is a gem of arrangement and composition, rather than a guitar workout, but its quirky layers, jazzy drums, mournful horns, and atmospheric 6-string arpeggios still make it an enchanting listen. It’s almost like something you’d imagine James Dean vibing to in the fitful, pre-dawn ebb of 1950s Manhattan.
Maria Sin Alma San Diego, California “Vanidad”
This Spanish-language epic is oddly alluring. There’s a sweeping majesty to the militaristic guitars and chant-like vocals that demands attention. The music just keeps coming at you—like the crowds of zombies in 28 Weeks Later. Jose Luis Peraza’s buzzy solo at 2:51 is simultaneously scary, anthemic, and possessed.
Harã Lemes São Paulo, Brazil “Beat It”
And, in closing, why not join the gazillions of Michael Jackson tributes with this rockin’ instrumental cover of the King of Pop’s wannabe tough-guy track? Lemes barks out the rhythm bits like a cage fighter, and his stinging and snotty interpretation of the melody is as feral as Michael was sweet.