On Monday we announced we’re running Instrumental Music Week this week, and will be celebrating all things instrumental for the next few days. Make sure to check out the previous days, but today we check in for day three from our intrepid instrumenteers!
Lisa [Basick Records/Hold Tight! PR]
Dream Theater – “Erotomania” [Awake, 1994]
John Petrucci, you sexy, nimble fingered, guitar mage, I love you. I love Dream Theater. What I don’t love about Dream Theater are the vocals (sorry Mr LaBrie) because they massively distract me from all that fabulous music. As an instrumental band, they’re phenomenal; a fantastic mix of finely executed songwriting, technical mastery and…John Petrucci’s awesome finger fuckery.
Paul [Chimp Spanner]
Allan Holdsworth – “Countdown” [None Too Soon, 1996]
It’s got such a groovy uplifting head, and I love how it’s re-interpreted throughout the song and brought to a climax in a way that’s heavy without being heavy. It’s probably no secret that I’m influenced by him, even down to his guitar tone. I also really admire the guy’s approach to music. He very much just does his own thing, has his own systems of working. He’s next level.
Guthrie Govan – “Waves” [Erotic Cakes, 2006]
Guthrie Govan is a freak. Everybody knows it. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were from space and had one million years of experience on some kind of 45-stringed guitar from the future based on the way he man-handles the one we use here on earth. There’s just nothing more to say about the guy. He’s flawless. “Waves” not only packs in the melody, but his tastefully blazing speed and subtle slide nuances as well. You know, the things he does that when you hear them, you know it’s him.
Make sure to check back for the rest of the week to see which tracks are our intrepid guest columnists’ favourites, and see what else we have in store for Instrumental Music Week!