PHOTO: Tosin Abasi plays Blur 8-string extended range guitar live @ Irving Plaza, NYC. March, 2014. Image: Ethan Maldonado.
Our favorite time signature twisting blister inducing beamed in from elsewhere instrumental molten metal machine band — Animals As Leaders — is on tour at the moment, supporting the pending release of their new album: The Joy of Motion.
Hey Rick, Sorry for the delay! We used blur on the track "Physical Education" and have been performing it live on this tour! Nothing beats the clarity and range that blur has! In an absolutely perfect world, we'd design blur 2.0 together :-) Either way, I'm blessed to own this amazing piece of work! Hope you're well. It's been a while. Can you make it out to any of our north east dates????
— Tosin Abasi
Live videos are just starting to appear of Physical Education and even listening through the iPhone mic overload on some of the clips...gorgeous!
hey Rick - just wanna say i'm a huge fan of your work. Got to try out the new(?) one you made for Tosin and i was absolutely floored (he's playing it on their current tour, at least). Haven't felt that way about a guitar in a long time; such a strangely beautiful but ingeniously ergonomic thing.. Felt like I was playing something from a different planet but it was oddly very intuitive. anyways keep up the unbelievable work man!!
— Mark Holcomb (Periphery)
Perhaps equally exciting to me are the personal opinions of the sound professionals who travel in the touring bubble with the musicians. Audio engineers at the console are the ones who place the sound of the guitar into context with other instruments in the band, so our listening experience is integrated. That is a skilled art, requiring a critical ear.
If you ever want to get objective feedback about how your guitar performs in relation to the other available instruments on the market, ask those guys. Alex Markides does FOH for AAL.
That guitar (blur) sounds ridiculous! The output is real hot and it's great.
— Alex Markides
That guitar sounded super fat tonight in mpls, well done Alex! Rick, please feel free to send one of those fine instruments of yours my way ;)
— Matt Peloquin