Magazine article Guitar Player

Daniel Ash. (Pickups)

Magazine article Guitar Player

Daniel Ash. (Pickups)

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"Compared to what's going on in dance culture, bands are boring," states former Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets guitarist Daniel Ash. "I don't want to be in a band anymore--it's a very cliched, old-fashioned way of working."

Abandoning the collaborative creativity of the rehearsal hall for the introspection of the recording studio, Ash formed his self-titled new release [Psychobaby] from drum loops, and abandoned conventional song structures for linear, groove-based sonic excursions. But although Ash locked himself away to play most of the instruments himself, Daniel Ash is far from a sterile display of self-indulgence and digital-editing gymnastics. The songs are dynamic and powerful, and the guitars are sensational--a thrilling blend of post-modern tonalities, roots-rock homages, and fusillades of noise and feedback. It's hard to believe guitars were often the last priority in the creative process.

"Everything used to start with me writing a song on an acoustic guitar," says Ash. "But now, most of my inspiration comes from a drum loop. Then, I'll put down a bass line, and only after the groove is established will I begin working out guitar parts. I like reacting to loops because they force me onto a different path--it's about keeping the groove interesting rather than negotiating the same old introverse-chorus format. I prefer it when songs sound unconventional."

As much as Ash embraced innovation, however, one of the album's most evocative songs was birthed the old-school way. …

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