Monday, March 31, 2014
John Wesley's Disconnect featuring Alex Lifeson released
UPDATE - 4/3@1:40PM: For Spotify users, the entire album is available at this link.
Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect releases today in the UK and tomorrow in the US/Canada. Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on the album, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. 30-second previews of all the tracks on the album are available for listening online here and the official music video for the title track can be seen at this location. Thaddeus Wert at Progarchy.com calls the album his favorite of 2014 so far in his review which you can check out here. Wesley was interviewed for both The Prog Report and the Huffington Post earlier this month and in both interviews spoke a bit about the album, Porcupine Tree and working with Alex Lifeson. At one point in the Prog Report interview Wesley talks about how he and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson connected through Rush's music, and how much Alex Lifeson's guitar sound influenced Porcupine Tree's sound on their last few albums (at about the 9-minute mark):
... there was this heavy guitar element to Porcupine Tree that was coming out. I hate to say it but we have to give credit to Alex Lifeson for that. It was kind of a weird sub-conscious thing ...
Later in the interview (at the 16:45 mark) Wesley talks at length about how Alex Lifeson came to appear on Disconnect, and calls his solo on Once a Warrior "classic Alex". You can listen to the entire interview online at this location and order your copy of Disconnect at here.