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Australian Guitar

Australian Guitar Vol. 126

With a strong focus on the Australian music scene, Australian Guitar is a rich source of information on playing techniques, styles, the wide range of instruments available and all the technology that guitarists have to consider in the 21st Century.

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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
australian guitar digital #126

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH GARY RYAN UK guitarist Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument, and has won critical acclaim the world over for his exceptional technical control, profound musical insight and entertaining recital programmes. He is also well known for his highly innovative guitar compositions, and in May 2013 was awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in London, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the international musical world. His acclaimed recitals take the audience on a unique and fascinating musical journey, coaxing an amazing range of sounds from the instrument and revealing the guitar’s full potential through performances of music across an incredibly diverse range of styles. He is currently performing with John Williams and John Etheridge on the 6 Hands…

3 min.
foo fighters weezer / the preatures

WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2018 • WHERE: ANZ STADIUM, SYDNEY It’s an inspiring thing to do, playing to a crowd of early bird punters too busy trying not to spill a drop of beer or a few stray hot chips as they awkwardly navigate their way into stadium seating. Sydney four-piece The Preatures attacked their short opening set with the charisma of a headline show anyway. Even though the response was mild at best, it was clear that the level of songwriting and professionalism on display was exactly why they scored the coveted slot opening for arguably the biggest rock band on the planet. It may only be something to tick off their bucket list in terms of career progression, as this very much felt like a crowd that only goes to…

4 min.
the more you know

All seemed pretty chipper for Marmozets when the math-rock rangers last hit Australia. It was mid-2015, and between viciously sweaty club shows and a lauded spot at Splendour In The Grass, the Yorkshire fivesome waxed lyrical of a follow-up to their 2014 smash hit, The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets. It would be out in early 2016, they declared, with a lofty world tour to follow. But then, like in the stunningly cheesy prologue of Final Destination 3, (a film we could easily see being improved with a Marmozets soundtrack) their rollercoaster ride to the top came crashing down in a catastrophic blur of pain. The incident that triggered it came right after the band crushed a set at that year’s Reading & Leeds. Rhythm guitarist Sam MacIntyre sets the scene: “You…

3 min.
australian guitar’s bluesfest sideshow picks

Bluesfest itself is always a must-see event with a near endless parade of great acts to sample, but the Bluesfest sideshow experience is its own, equally special thing. Whereas festival sets are generally tailored to be broadly enjoyable for a big crowd who may not be familiar with every track, the sideshows are where you’ll find your favourites stretching out and playing solely for the fans. That can be especially true of Bluesfest sideshows when you’re talking about acts with an improvisational spirit: you never know what’s going to happen when an artist is given the stage time to stretch out in, and an audience who are receptive to them taking chances. Here are our three picks for must-see sideshows. WALTER TROUT For proof of Walter Trout’s standing in the blues community,…

4 min.
the year of myles

You may know Myles Kennedy as the vocalist in Alter Bridge, or Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. You might even know him from his appearance in the movie Rock Star. Whatever you know him from, you know that he’s capable of expressing himself authentically in many different styles. When he’s handling Guns N’ Roses material with Slash, he sounds perfectly comfortable. When Alter Bridge gets heavy – and sometimes they even verge on thrash – it sounds like it was meant to be. Whatever musical situation he finds himself in, Kennedy belongs. So when the opportunity arose to record his debut solo album, it could have gone anywhere. Where it went is Year Of The Tiger, an acoustic-based album that recalls the unplugged moments of Led Zeppelin, or Alice…

4 min.
still call australia home

The relationship between Evan Dando and Australia – more specifically, the inner-west of Sydney – is a long and storied one. First up, the Lemonheads’ 1992 masterpiece It’s A Shame About Ray is basically one big love letter to the Sydney music community that Dando fell into after retreating from the US following yet another band dissolution. When he and Juliana Hatfield sing, “As the cars fly up King Street, it’s enough to startle us” in a narcotic undertone on “My Drug Buddy”, they’re referring to Newtown’s main drag (although as an inner-west resident, I can verify that cars don’t “fly up” King Street so much as “crawl along”). Want more? Two of the The Lemonheads’ former bassists – Plunderers/Sneeze/Godstar mainstay Nic Dalton and The Eastern Dark’s Bill Gibson – were…