Top 5 Most Innovative Guitarists with Michael Brigante of Attonbitus
Adelaide art-rock trio Attonbitus are champing at the bit to unleash their debut album, David Street, which drops in earnest on 31 July, accompanied by a launch party on 3 August at The Jade in Adelaide.
David Street fuses music and poetry to create a compelling aural experience, hinting at a multitude of genre influences including prog, art-rock, and reggae. Every track is written by Brigante and documents the emotional highs and lows he experienced during his years living on David Street.
In the shadow of the album’s upcoming release, we sat with guitarist/vocalist Brigante for a rundown on the five most innovative guitarists that he feels have pushed boundaries and shaped his own musicianship.
#1. Tom Morello – Rage Against The Machine
Probably the most innovative guitarist associated with the use of effects peddles. Tom’s use of experimental methods in sound design gives RATM this eeriness, somewhat emulating the sound of sirens at a riot or war zone. Watching him play live keeps you puzzled as you struggle to comprehend the sounds he is getting out of that guitar.
#2. Robby Kruger – The Doors
One of the main reasons why I refuse to use a pick; Robby Kruger’s finger-plucked method spun with rhythmic jazz inspired me to explore natural harmonics and a variety of abstract, flamenco methods. I will never forget the first time I heard that short, sharp, supercharged solo from The Doors song ‘Peace frog’. It always left me buzzed out, dancing about on the kitchen table.
#3. Les Claypool – Bassist – Primus
The strangest yet most progressive bass guitarist; on most occasions I refer to him as the King of Bass. Charged with a hint of bluegrass and alt-jazz, Les Claypool’s slap bass method will keep you gobsmacked. First time I heard the bass hooks from their hit track ‘Tommy The Cat’ I was hooked.
#4. Jimi Hendrix – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Can’t go past possibly one of the craziest guitarists known. As evidenced when playing his hit track ‘Hey Joe’ live, Jimi, without hesitation, plays a soulful solo with his teeth. I don’t think I could ever pull off his incredible improvisation and stamina but I sure do appreciate it. Merging the best of blues and psychedelic rock, he is possibly one of the best guitarists of our time.
#5. John Fogerty – Creedence Clearwater Revival
On some days I’m broke and a little without hope and about to go out busking, I chuck on ‘Fortunate Son’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival. This track truly gets me pumped for battling out the hard knocks, playing to a crowd of people passing by. John Fogerty’s alt-country melodies and battle-hardened riffs help me feel a little better about the bitter weather and little coin tossed my way.
ALBUM LAUNCH DETAILS
Friday 3rd August – The Jade, Adelaide
Supported by Filthy Lucre, Somnium and Rat Ta’ Mango