Chris Forsyth

Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist, composer and bandleader whose work assimilates art-rock textures and vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he’s recently released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock, and in 2013, he assembled the Solar Motel Band. His most recent release is the 2016 double album The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter). Raves have been universal. Pitchfork called it “a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,” NPR Music named Forsyth “one of rock’s most lyrical guitar improvisors,” and the New York Times calls him “a scrappy and mystical historian… His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a woolly but disciplined ritual.” The Rarity of Experience was a regular on year-end lists including Uncut (#38 Top 75 Albums of 2016), NPR Music (#87 Top 100 Songs of 2016), Aquarium Drunkard  and many more.

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The Past is Future and the Future is Past: On (and Against) Shred

By Chris Forsyth | April 10, 2017

The Past is Future and the Future is Past: On (and Against) Shred

Chris Forsyth (the Solar Motel Band) does not want you to call him a shredder.