GUIDES is a dynamic 3-piece from Los Angeles specializing in sharp, driving, effects-laden post-punk. They stopped in Corvallis as part of a tour of the Northwest, and we were lucky enough to open for them. They’re super nice people and were a pleasure to talk to. We had a lot of fun with our set as well – Suzanne and I debuted our new Devi Ever fuzz pedals (the Ruiner and the Legend of Bit – they are both amazing, heavy, crazy fuzz boxes), Matt decided he needed a bigger keyboard amp (but distortion is always cool, right?), Charlie blew our minds with wild effects and loops and some solid soloing on Current Events and 16 Tons, and Patrick kept us grounded with his solid beats throughout the show, navigating the time signature changes of Paranoid Android with ease. The crowd made for an excellent choir on the bridge of 16 tons.
Reptilia (The Strokes)
16 Tons (Merle Travis / Made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford)Shadow Wolves
Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
A few photos for you: The blue and green smoke pics are GUIDES, then there’s Matt at the keys, and a photo from rehearsal from a couple days before the show.
Patrick and Matt and Charlie’s elbow
And just because it is an absolutely perfect music video, here’s the Strokes with Reptilia:
We had a great time at the show at Interzone last night! Thanks to Sam and Bill and Interzone for getting it put together. I was super excited to finally try out my stereo chorus pedal – I’ve had it for years but never actually plugged in a second amp. I think the two-amp approach was a success — it gave the solo electric guitar a lot more depth and gave some variety as well.
- Empty House
- No Surprises (Radiohead)
- 16 Tons
- Start Over
The crowd turned out to make an excellent choir for the bridge of 16 Tons.
Michael Ulm played while I was packing up my gear and hauling it to the car, so I unfortunately only heard two of his songs.
Darren Hanlon’s set was amazing. He’s an Australian folk singer who recently settled in Portland. His lyrics are packed with deft wordplay, wry observations, and insightful character sketches. Definitely come see him play if you get the chance. He’s great to talk to, as well.
Daniel is doing a solo set at Interzone in Corvallis this Friday. He’ll be opening up for Darren Hanlon and Matthew Ulm. Also, it’s free, so there’s nothing to lose, right? That way you can spend your ticket money on merch — Darren has a new album out!