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Clintone

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• “8 OUT OF 10” | REVIEW BUSTERS
• “HIGH-POWERED GUITAR” | FRONT PAGE REVIEW
• “AN ENJOYABLE MUSICAL JOURNEY” | SEA OF TRANQUILITY
• “GORGEOUS INSTRUMENTAL MELODIC ROCK” | CORPORATE ROCKER
• “CLINTONE CAN PLAY AND HE’S NOT AFRAID TO SHOW IT” | SEA OF TRANQUILITY
• “THE SAME FEEL AND SOUND AS SATRIANI’S SURFING WITH THE ALIEN” | ALL MUSIC GUIDE
• “CLINTONE CERTAINLY HAS A GRASP ON WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD HOOK” | LIVE 4 METAL
• “THE HOOK HEAVY SONGS & RIFFS REALLY GRAB A HOLD OF YOU & FORCE YOU TO LISTEN” | BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS

Shred is certainly not dead. Just a few years ago, it appeared as though the days of ‘the guitar hero’ were long gone. But as quick as you could say ‘sweep picked arpeggios,’ a wave of talented six string wiz kids have come storming on the scene. Case in point, a gentleman who chooses to go with a single word name – Clintone. This Salem, New Hampshire native is picking up exactly where such guitar heroes as Gary Hoey, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai left off in the early ’90’s – with an all-instrumental album that balances impressive shred skills with memorable and hook-heavy songwriting. For the proof, just give a listen to Clintone’s debut full-length for Metro City/Locomotive – ‘Full Circle.’ After studying such players as George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, and Paul Gilbert as a lad, Clintone turned his back on his guitar skills for a spell, as he focused primarily on “singer-songwriter stuff.” But in 2006, the guitarist returned to his instrument with a vengeance, and has been ripping it up ever since. And just how does the man himself describe his music? “A crossroad of articulation and organic. What I mean is, when I decided to do an all-instrumental record it was for one reason and one reason only – just to do one. I’ve always wanted to do an instrumental record. I didn’t get caught up in trying to make a certain sounding record, I just played. I’d do several takes – not giving anything a second thought. Cut out the crap and move around the good stuff until it started to feel like a song. Doing it this way left a real sense of honesty, as 90% of the lead stuff you hear was not pre-worked out. Sure, there is stuff on that record I could have gone back and done a little tighter but it just didn’t capture the ‘feeling.’ I think this is why people have really started to react to the music.” And react they did – especially Tim Koukos, head of Metro City Records. “I’ve always worked in the music industry in some way or another. I own a mastering company and also run the print division of a CD shop. One day, Tim Koukos was in to pick up some discs he had ordered and I just happened to be outside the building taking a break as he was leaving. I knew he was a guitarist and owned a label so I gave him a disc. He told me when he got to the end of the street he opened it up and put it in. Then a few days later, I got an email from him stating it’s not left his CD player in days. We set up a meeting. He told me what he had going on and I told him what I had going on and it all made sense. It was a little bit of the right time and right place, but also and most importantly, the right fit.” As evidenced by such standout tracks as “Dead Lines” and “Touching on Taboo,” Clintone is one of the few rock guitarists that manages to bring to mind several different artists – no mean feat as an all-instrumentalist. “Every song is a snapshot in time and emotion for me. That’s how I usually name these songs. They are all instrumental, so I guess I could name them anything – however, when you listen to songs like ‘Poet and the Pain,’ and you know the meaning behind it, you can see where I was coming from. At the time, a very close friend of mine was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I was really upset so I did what any musician does…record! It just turned out to be an outpouring of emotion for how cruel life can sometimes be for people. The song ‘Full Circle’ was the point at which I really realized that I had returned home as a guitarist. A true turning point in my career as a musician. I remember saying ‘Oh yeah, I can really play this stuff. I forgot about that!’ ‘Return to Me’ has a cool story – I had to sell an Ibanez guitar of mine, which I loved but times were tough and I had to do what I had to do to pay the rent. Then one day I walked into a music store years later and there it was. Not the exact one, but it was a stupid one-day sale price. I remember looking around as if I was stealing it at that price but still proceeded to checkout with it and sure enough, it was a one-day sale. So I snagged it up, took her home and recorded ‘Return to Me.’ Her name is Madaline.”And lastly, what does Clintone hopes to accomplish with ‘Full Circle’? “I never had any big expectations for this record at all, and I think that’s why people have reacted to it. It’s a real honest record. However, if I could sell half the discs Satriani sold of ‘Surfing with the Alien,’ then it would really ease my mind in wondering if there will be a home to come home to after touring. A gold record would be just fine by me! It’s not about fame or fortune for me, and never has. Just being able to sustain a career as a musician is cool after all. I’ll continue to make these records regardless. If there’s an audience, than even better.”

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Genres
Rock/Progressive/Art/Rock/Surf/Hard Rock/Metal/Alt Metal/Progressive Metal
Tracks
12
Released
January 7, 2014
File type
Access type
Internet connection
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