- Constance Mensh
- Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
When Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth rolled through town back in February Bill Meyer previewed the show
and pinpointed some of the key six-string masters that have been deeply integrated into the musician's playing: Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Keith Richards, and the sharp improvisational interplay at work in bands like Grateful Dead, Dream Syndicate, and Television. At the time Forsyth was touring in support of last year's terrific Solar Motel
(Paradise of Bachelors)—a studio effort where he handled most of the playing himself, although he was joined by the great jazz drummer Mike Pride—but since its release he's put together a working combo to play the music. That lineup turns up on the recent Intensity Ghost
(No Quarter), and the dynamic provided by a real working band pays serious dividends, with an interactive spark generated by Forsyth and fellow guitarist Paul Sukeena that reaches toward the heights achieved by those aforementioned influences. Granted, Forsyth's all-instrumental tunes don't match the grandeur of something like "Little Johnny Jewel" or "Halloween," but on the other hand I don't think they're trying to—they exist mainly as vehicles for inspired give-and-take, as you can hear on "I Ain't Waiting," which carries melodic hints of Television's "Marquee Moon" and is today's 12 O'Clock Track
. Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band headline the Empty Bottle
on Tuesday evening.