One of the best and most interesting guitarists on the New York scene (which means anywhere), Brandon Seabrook combines elements of metal, jazz, punk, noise, and free improv into a guitar style uniquely his own. He also plays banjo in a way that might put all those jokes to rest. He has an amazing new record out with Mike Watt and percussionist, Mike Pride, Stove Top [Rare Noise], under the band name Three Layer Cake. Recorded remotely, it nevertheless sounds interactive and cohesive enough to be mistaken for live, save for the terrific textures and additional instruments they overdubbed. We talk about all of the above, the joys of the ZT amps, and more.
I discovered Hungarian guitarist Ádám Mészáros while poring through the Rare Noise catalog online. Rare Noise is a treasure trove of modern guitar, with records that feature David Torn, Eraldo Bernocchi, Eivind Aarset, Nels Cline, David Fiuczynski, Buckethead, Jacob Young, Bill Frisell, Todd Clouser, Eyal Maoz, and Joe Morris. Ádám’s band Jü, with bassist Ernö Hock and drummer András Halmos, slots neatly into their roster with two recordings that feature his unique musical voice, and a killer tone that belies the concept that digital effects are inferior to analog ones.