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.
“The record is killing, such great musicianship!”– Nile Rodgers
“Acoustic Maestro…thrilling acoustic work. The Italian ace deploys his immense technique to serve the song, not the reverse” – Pete Prown, Vintage Guitar Magazine
Alberto Lombardi’s latest single ‘Start Again’ is an intense single with lyrics pulled from some of the most beautiful lines of the Italian poet Dante’s Inferno. Dante imagines that Ulysses sails to unknown shores with his men, instead of going back to Itaca, leading them beyond the pillars of Hercules where the world was believed to end. His speech to persuade them to endure the challenge is a literary milestone and shines a light on the human soul’s infinite capabilities.
“Ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza” [“we were born to pursue virtue and knowledge”]
‘Start Again’ is a rich, epic ballad with revelatory guitar work and powerful lyrics about a fresh start after overcoming challenges, reflecting some of the most beautiful lines in literary history. Coupled with a superb video, it shimmers with the timeless sound of bands like The Eagles and a Sting-like vocal, whilst feeling completely contemporary.
Alberto Lombardi has already built a huge fan base with his expressive guitar playing and rich songwriting, including celebrities like Chic’s Nile Rodgers and legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen; David Bowie; Rolling Stones).
‘Start Again’ is taken from the forthcoming album, Home, which is currently available to support via crowdfunding here:
Ask any pop punk fan what attracts them to a band and they’ll tell you two things: a DIY ethos and fans-first attitude. These are the two pillars upon which Rare Americans have built their boundary-pushing pop punk. Having released a handful of singles and videos from their forthcoming self-titled album, the Vancouver-based band have proved their vitality as pop punk pioneers and socio-political commentators. We catch up with front man James Priestner to find out more…
What’s the band’s origin story?
Lubo and I played in a band together called The Lunas which was similar to bands like Arctic Monkeys. My brother Jared and I took a trip a year ago to Bequia in the Caribbean and I brought my guitar. I joked that we should write a song, and sure enough we came back with 15. Over the course of the next couple months we wrote another 20.
What’s the secret behind your pioneering pop punk sound?
I guess it’s multiple influences coming together. James loves bands like Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, and The Strokes. Jared is a punk rocker listening to bands like Bad Religion, Pennywise, and Rancid. Lubo’s favourite bands are Dream Theatre and Steven Wilson. We all share a love of hip hop!
Tell us about the roll call of guests you enlisted to help on the album.
We hired producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, The Strokes, Raconteurs, Arkells). On drums we had Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids, The Shins) and on bass we had Yuuki Matthews (The Shins). We also have a bunch of gang vocals in our music which was any friends that were available to help out on the day!
You’ve been releasing a new track with a music video every week, what’s the story behind that strategy?
I own a small production company here in Vancouver called Limited Company, so all the music videos were done in-house. For ‘Cats, Dogs, & Rats’ we hired an animator from Brooklyn named Harry Tietelman who did Killer Mike (of Run The Jewels) video for ‘Reagan’. He also drew all of our artwork and album cover. ‘Balmoral Hotel’ features Grace Dove who played Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in The Revenant. ‘I vs I’ features Kai Kennedy who played Finn Wolfhard’s (from Stranger Things) bandmate in PUPS music videos for Sleep in The Heat and Guilt Trip.