Nine guitar tracks to rock out to this week

Including songs by Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Darling Fire and Sleater-Kinney.

Feel like you couldn’t keep up with music this week? No worries, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best and latest guitar tracks. Here are nine that you have to hear:

1Thrash Metal Cassette by Dinosaur Pile-Up

Earlier this month, we linked up with Dinosaur Pile-Up’s frontman/guitarist Matt Bigland to get the scoop on the power trio’s new major-label debut, Celebrity Mansions. He singled out the guitar-work on the track Thrash Metal Cassette: “I love the riff… well, the whole song, actually. It’s fucking awesome. But coming up with that riff is one of my favourite memories of writing the album.”

2Hundred Times by Charlie Cunningham

In early June, we sat down with flamenco guitarist Charlie Cunningham to discuss tracks from his latest album, Permanent Way. One of these is Hundred Times, in which Cunningham executed his first guitar solo on a record.

“It’s taken three EPs and two albums, but I’ve finally done a solo! It’s played on a Fender Jazzmaster through a Strymon El Capistan, which gave it a bit of tape warble, then into a Vox AC15. It sits on top of a load of guitar ambience which we made out of various pedals – fuzz (ZVEX Mastotron), delay (the aforementioned Strymon), reverb (Empress) and a phaser (Red Witch). That all swells in and out using the guitar’s volume knob. I think it’s quite classic in its production style, despite all the pedals,” he said.

3Full Moon, Black Water by Pelican

We recently enlisted the help of Pelican’s Trevor de Brauw to break down four tracks off the Chicago rockers’ latest record, Nighttime Stories. He shared some influences behind the track Full Moon, Black Water: “I feel like this one sounds a bit more like what people expect from us than perhaps the rest of the album does; it straddles the line between thick heaviness and melancholic melody.”

4For The Loveless by The Darling Fire

In our recent conversation with guitarists Jeronimo Gomez and Matt Short of The Darling Fire, the duo shared some of their favourite tracks off Dark Celebration, the band’s debut album. Short highlighted the effect pedals used on the track For The Loveless: “I primarily use the Blakemore Effects Dreamsicle Fuzz on this song, and the rest of this album.

“The breakdown towards the end of the song is by far my favourite part, with my rhythm parts starting with a very slightly overdriven flange accomplished using both the Boss BD-2W Waza Craft Blues Driver and Old Blood Noise Endeavors Procession Reverb”.

5The Future Is Here by Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney have released The Future Is Here, which features a different sound from the trio. Instead of their usual brand of ferocious punk rock, the band experiment with a mellower, goth-influenced sound. It’s the second single from their forthcoming St. Vincent-produced album, The Center Won’t Hold, due out 16 August.

6Flood Hands by Vagabon

Vagabon – real name Lætitia Tamko – has released Flood Hands, a sincere love song awash with reverb and warm guitar tones. It’s a taste of her forthcoming album, All The Women In Me, which arrives 27 September.

7Paradise by Tropical Fuck Storm

Paradise is the first taste of Australian outfit Tropical Fuck Storm’s upcoming record, Braindrops. Frontman Gareth Liddiard delivers raspy vocals over dirge-like guitar chords, before the song dives into a brooding wall of noise in the second half. The album arrives 23 August via Flightless Records.

8The Mother Road by Chelsea Wolfe

Goth folk artist Chelsea Wolfe has released The Mother Road, the lead single from her forthcoming Birth Of Violence LP. Wolfe creates an intense soundscape on the track through the use of atmospheric drum rolls and a dense string section. Her new album arrives 13 September via Sargent House.

9Blood From A Stone by Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag have released a brand-new single, Blood From A Stone. The track is a modern spin on classic 70s rock, featuring punchy guitar riffs and frontwoman Tina Halladay’s powerful vocals. The track will be included on A Distant Call, the band’s follow-up to 2017’s Need To Feel Your Love. It’s scheduled to drop 23 August via Wilsuns RC.

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