Guitars

Guitars

BandCountryAvant-garde

A psychedelic country ceremony with pounding drums, esoteric chants and soulful melodies. A good mix of heavy and light. We play in front of a life-size photo of our living room shrine. http://www.fasterep.com

Biography

What if Bob Dylan and Neil Young took Amazonian psychedelics together and started a mystical art rock band? They might sound like Brooklyn duo Guitars is what.

West coast transplants Kenric McDowell and Shanna Perez-Hill share birthdays with Bob and Neil respectively and the hippie mysticism and ‘70s country rock fetishism don’t end there. Guitars’ first collaboration was at Kenric’s MFA show (he was making juice, she was playing ocean sounds on 7” records) and their first recordings (mostly chanting) were made in a casita outside Santa Fe, NM. After the two participated in a Peruvian Yagé ceremony their fates were sealed — the music started flowing and they played their first show at NYC’s Lit on the winter solstice of 2007.

Guitars’ lyrics reflect these mind-expanding roots. Esoteric chants (“No Key, No Cage”) and meditations on the relationship between language and death (“Folklore”) meet sincere and absurdly dark comedy (“Everything is fine / big or small / it is all / part of a design / or not...”)

The music is equally pleasant and confounding. Bittersweet pop gems (“My Bad”, “Keep In Mind”) sit alongside minimalist folk (“Kiss My Fist”) and raw repetition (“As So, So As”, “Sad Machine”)
The intimate connection between the two members of Guitars and the way they delicately handle intense subject matter is refreshing to some. But others find it challenging. One person assaulted the band after a “meat ceremony” at an art show, sending Shanna to the hospital with a wound over her third eye and a busted nose. That really happened. No kidding.

Thankfully, Guitars’ musical good will has not been dampened by violence and they continue to perform minimalist, psychedelic country that is charming, entrancing and beautiful. Guitars’ musical rhizome keeps expanding, folding elements of bluegrass, noise and drone music into an enchanting and psychically charged vortex of country goodness.

Discography

Faster EP released on Overlap.org May 2008
available for free at FasterEP.com

Set List

Approximately 40 minutes

1.WORLD SPLIT
2.NO KEY NO CAGE
3.SAD MACHINE
4.MAKE YR WAY
5.NO I
6.MY BAD
7.SLIVER
8.WE ARE LIVING
9.THOUSANDS
10.THE SHADOW
11.FOLKLORE
12.YAY RIVERS
13.KEEP IN MIND