Sometimes a record amounts to more than the sum of its parts. Released 10 years ago, Solar Motel found guitarist Chris Forsyth sidestepping the avant-garde improv to embrace rock urgings. The resulting album struck a note—for listeners, but consequently, the artist himself. A decade later, it’s being reissued with extra music as Solar Motel (Expanded). Ahead of its December 8th release, Forsyth joined us to reflect on how the album changed his life—and his artistic point of view.
This week on Transmissions, Chris Forsyth returns to discuss the gleaming power pop and avant-rock of his latest, Evolution Here We Come. Featuring members of Tortoise, Garcia Peoples, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and The Dream Syndicate, it bounds forward with guitar-driven exuberance and sparkle.
Our guest this week is Chris Forsyth, guitarist, bandleader, composer, and DIY lifer. His studio albums evoke the punk psychedelia of Television, balancing ‘70s rock grooves the loose, exploratory feel of the Dead. But as good as his studio LPs are, it might be live recordings that best showcase his sound. His latest is called First Flight. On it, he’s joined by guitarist Dave Harrington, drummer Ryan Jewell, and bassist Spencer Zahn on stage at Nublu in New York City on September 20th, 2019.
Forsyth digs into the genesis of his hometown project, Jerry’s On Front — a small storefront performance space in Philadelphia housed in a building he renovated over the past couple of years.
For the follow-up to 2016’s The Rarity of Experience , sprawling, expansive double LP, Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel comrades take a more spare/skeletal path. For one thing, Forsyth handles all the guitar […]
Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel adventure continues with The Rarity of Experience , a double LP that brings plenty of the six-string fireworks that have become the Philadelphia-based guitarist’s signature over the past few […]
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band’s new double album, The Rarity of Experience , is out Friday via the increasingly trustworthy No Quarter Records. No surprise from Forsyth at this point: it’s […]
Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. This week the Lagniappe Sessions touch down with Chris […]
After releasing the masterful Solar Motel last year, guitarist Chris Forsyth put together a group to take the LP to the stage. Pretty quickly, it became clear that the Solar Motel Band […]
Diversions , a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing. 2013 isn’t quite done, but it’s safe […]
Even though Cocksucker Blues , Robert Frank’s legendary film of the Rolling Stones circa 1972, is routinely referred to as a “documentary,” that’s not quite accurate. Frank himself tips his hand right […]