Gabor Lesko has had a very successful career as a session musician in Italy (playing, producing and arranging several soundtracks for TV and film) as well as writing guitar tutorial books published by Carisch, an Italian publisher. He’s also established a solo career as a musician in his own right!
Fingerfusion Project is his latest album and it’s a demonstration of his insane talent as a writer and guitar virtuoso. It takes on elements of Jazz, Prog and Rock, bringing them together effortlessley. One of the tracks from the album ‘Faith and Glory’ made it as Jazz FM’s ‘Track of the Week’ recently.
Gabor and his band skirt on the edges of jazz highlighted with some brilliant sax courtesy of Eric Marienthal, but ultimately take more of a progressive approach with moving time signatures and fluid chord structures that keep the listener on their toes.
Underground rockers, Heronimus Fin, release their new album on 20th August and with it introduce a heavier side to the band. After four albums of hugely acclaimed psychedelic and folk adventures, they present ‘The Pharmacist’, a concept album following the tragic life of an individual addicted to prescription drugs. We catch up with the quintet to find out more…
Tell us more about the concept behind The Pharmacist and where it originated from.
The concept is based loosely on my own situation having been on prescription medication for 30+ years due to chronic migraines and now finding the medication has become the problem, the addiction…I think this has become a major issue for many people today who look for a solution to an ailment then the solution becomes the problem..ironic really!
Your songs are anchored by strong lyrical content, what’s on the spectrum of topics you’ve covered so far?
We’ve written about such things as high school shootings/gun culture, political mismanagement, conspiracy theories, deaths through recreational drug use, prophecy, historical stories, animal cruelty.
Which acts do you cite as a source of inspiration?
Musically our influences are late 60’s/early 70’s psych prog rock bands such as Budgie, Black Sabbath, Golden Earring, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper.
You’ve pivoted to a new realm of rock on this album. What can you tell us about the production?
It was co produced at Woodbine Studios, Leamington by John Rivers (who did The Specials – Ghost Town/ Ocean Colour Scene), it’s very 60’s/70’s influenced rock production.