INTERVIEW: Story Of The Year’s Ryan Phillips

photoStory Of The Year’s 2003 debut album Page Avenue was a landmark of the post-hardcore genre. Three more albums followed before the band went on hiatus in 2011. Nobody quite knew when the lads would get back together again. Thankfully the break was short-lived and the band returned in 2013 with Page Avenue: 10 Years And Counting, which saw the debut reimagined with new, acoustic-based arrangements which revealed new layers of depth and emotional resonance without resorting to wimpy acoustic stereotypes: this was every bit a Story Of The Year creation, rather than a phoned-in strum-along. The band is returning to Australia in June to celebrate Page Avenue by performing the album in its entirety, including of course the hits “Until The Day I Die,” “Anthem Of Our Dying Day” and “Sidewalks” as well as a bunch of fan favourites and surprises. I caught up with guitarist Ryan Phillips to talk about the tour, the album and guitar nerd stuff. Read More …

Schecter Cheech & Chong Limited Edition

CandCWhen I was a kid I somehow acquired a tape of Cheech & Chong’s Get Out Of My Room, which I especially liked for its ‘The Music Lesson’ sketch (“That was a 1954 original Les Paul with a sunburst finished! Jimmy Page once looked at that guitar! I don’t even play that guitar!”). I think it’s cool that Schecter is releasing an official limited edition Cheech & Chong guitar, although it’d be cooler if it had a sunburst finished and gopher guts in tribute to that not-very-well-known-but-certainly-apt-in-this-context sketch.

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DiMarzio Releases Ionizer 7 Pickups

DP709_DP711_DiMarzio_Ionizer-7PRESS RELEASE: DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of two new Ionizer 7™ humbucking pickups for 7-string electric guitars. The Ionizer 7™ pickups are an outgrowth of the 8-string pickups designed and developed for Tosin Abasi’s TAM100 signature guitar by Ibanez, and are available for retail sale from DiMarzio. 8-string guitars are Tosin Abasi’s primary instruments, but he’s no stranger to 7-string guitars, and the idea of the Ionizer 7™ came up soon after the Ionizer 8™ left the drawing board. Read More …

Railhammer Launches Bob Balch Signature Pickups

railhammer_bob_balch_pressPRESS RELEASE: Railhammer has released a new pickup designed in collaboration with Bob Balch, riffmeister  with stoner rock/fuzz metal progenitors Fu Manchu. The Bob Balch Signature is based on the Chisel model, but features a brass cover and brass baseplate. The brass slightly reduces output and treble, while enhancing the overall midrange. The result is a thick tone with excellent clarity that cuts through even with heavy fuzz, and is warm and articulate in clean settings. This pickup is designed for stoner rock, fuzz metal, post-Sabbath, or for any player looking for a unique combinationof clarity and warm midrange. The neck version features reduced output for increased clarity and tone/volume balance with the bridge version.

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