Huw Baines

The Genius Of…Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan’s first great tearing of the script led to a bold and ambitious album that put the guitars up front and loud. Very loud.

“Guitar is like a binding element”: Nilüfer Yanya on straddling genres, Jazzmaster in hand

A year on from her debut EP, we caught up with the genre-agnostic guitarist to talk luck, lockdowns and the challenges of being a non-touring musician.

The Big Listen: Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr

Billy Corgan and company return with escalation the name of the game, but despite the classic line-up, this is not 1995…

Meet Bartees Strange: Fusing punk, hip-hop and electronica through the electric guitar

The DC-based musician on struggling to fit in, finding his tribe with the goth kids, and chasing the guitar sound in his head.

Lomelda on why her new album was fuelled by the act of breaking in her new acoustic

The indie-rock singer-songwriter on playing new guitars, complex song structures and why getting her Collings to the right temperature is important.

“The world is in a dire spot now, there’s no time to be quiet”: Bob Mould rediscovers his vitriol on Blue Hearts

The Hüsker Dü legend on Strats, rediscovering old gear, and how his experience as a gay man in Reagan’s America meant he wasn’t going to “sit quietly this time” in the face of 2020’s “dire times”.

The Genius Of…  Insomniac by Green Day

Why Billy Joe Armstrong tossed the sunny post-Dookie expectations in the bin for a “cocktail of bad vibes and a final bitter dalliance with the straight-ahead punk scene that had borne them."

Introducing… Holly Humberstone: A different kind of guitar star whose impressive debut was borne of the pandemic

The British singer-songwriter’s lockdown-created debut EP Falling Asleep at the Wheel has marked her out for big things on both sides of the Atlantic. We chat to the 20-year-old about baritones, textural guitars and why she was “scarred” by an Epiphone Les Paul…

Meet Wicketkeeper, the laid-back London trio channelling the best of 90s US indie-rock

Guitarists Simon Morley and Ryan Oxley on how the instrument-swapping friends turned a fun hang into one of the year’s most enjoyable debut records.

“It was more is more, is more, is more!”: how Idles refused to restrain themselves on new album Ultra Mono

We sit down with guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan to discuss the Bristol band’s meteoric rise, drugs, alcohol, mental health, the restorative powers of a good baritone, and the paths that led them to become the unlikely standard-bearers of a new kind of rock ‘n’ roll masculinity.
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