Australian Guitar magazine has just published their list of the top 50 Aussie guitarists of all time. Check it out here! I write for the mag and I helped compile the list. A bunch of us each listed our picks, the results were tallied up, and I think it’s a pretty fair list – there aren’t really any crazy controversial picks like that recent Spin guitarists list! My criteria for my selections was pretty broad. Individuality, innovation, influence, songwriting… it all added up. Then my votes were combined with the others to come up with the final results.
There are some great players who I would like to have seen included, but many of them are featured in a separate article on page 59, such as Chris Brooks, Steve Turner and James Ryan.
What do you think of the list? Who do you think we should have included or excluded?
As you may remember from a post a few weeks ago, my band The Upperhand is getting back together for a show at the legendarily historic Espy here in Melbourne on September 2. Want a little peek into rehearsals? Here’s “MILF”.
And here’s the press release for the gig:
Things have been quiet in Upperhand land for a while – a little too quiet – but the silence is about to end: after a “gee-has-it-really-been-four-years” hiatus, they’re back! The classic Upperhand core band of Dima Shafro, Rohan Drew and Peter Harris, plus later addition Peter Hodgson, will reunite in September to once again rock the Espy in St Kilda.
A little older, slightly wiser, and four years better at Mario Kart, The Upperhand will collectively steel themselves, march steadfastly into the isolated cave where all their songs are kept, and emerge bloody and bruised but with their fists stuffed full of classic tracks from throughout their career to play for the sweaty Espy crowd, from older favourites (“MILF,” “Hillside”) to later tracks (“Move On”). Some are danceable, some are headbangable. You’ll have fun.
It’s been a long time between drinks. Come join us for another round.
The Upperhand plays the Gershwin Room, Esplanade Hotel, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda on Friday, September 2 with The Furniture Incident, Sleepa, Get to the Chopper and Crying Sirens, pre-sale tickets are $10.
The Upperhand is:
DIMA SHAFRO – Vocals
ROHAN DREW – Bass
PETER HARRIS – Drums
PETER HODGSON – Guitar