My life had a soundtrack from birth, and that was my grandfather’s guitar playing. We had a two-decker tenement. My grandparents lived above us, and I spent a lot of time with them. The sounds of his guitar, from classical to country to rock, always filled the house. When he was young, he had the rare opportunity to join the Boston Pops. But my grandmother was pregnant with my mother, and he didn’t feel comfortable leaving her for long periods. Or maybe she didn’t want him to go. Either way, he didn’t go, but he never stopped playing. He was self-taught, incredibly talented, and a major influence on my love of music.
Consequently, I have an innate pull toward the guitar. Not just any guitar will do. The playing has to be great. And Nino Helfrich surpasses great. His style reminds me of Joe Satriani, with that burst of speed and intensity. Nino recently released an album called Dead Bodies in Motion that is simply brilliant.
- Ground Zero
- The Great Escape
- The Fallout
- Welcome to the Wasteland (featuring Angel Vivaldi)
- A Lesson in Violence
- Nuclear Winter
- Mad Mansion
- Beyond Redemption
- This is Torture
- As We March into the Heart of Darkness
Crank your volume. This is A Lesson in Violence:
Here’s Mad Mansion:
Damn, he can play! One more. This is Welcome to the Wasteland, with Angel Vivaldi. The two of them together are magic:
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