Dave Martone - When The Aliens Come
What country has a two-coloured (red-white) flag with a maple leaf in the middle? Yeah, the one above the USA, that is Canada. There a guitarist Dave Martone lives and strikes the strings. String-striking isn't an usual hobby for every man in the world. Some men sacrifice their time to practise unaided, some of them decide to crowd into one of prestigious music school for instance. A Canadian was enough shrewd, cunning, efficient and (I must write it) talented to be lined up in such schools like Fanshawe College and Berklee College of Music. He was taught how to make himself fingerbleed and have a dubious pleasure in being a virtuoso at present, haha. Some professors also must have taught him how to be himself and perfectly ignore a mainstream. The rest is history!
If I am right, he had own column in Polish specialist magazine "Gitara i Bas", so my compatriots also had an occasion to get to know him in that source. Mr. Martone, having three solo albums recorded, decided to collect many diverse ideas in one place. He picked up a guitar and a bass guitar plus keys, obliged Daniel Aldair to play drums, percussion and the bass guitar as well, forced David Spidel to torment the next bass guitar under threat of placing in torture chamber and take the likes of four guitarists (Prashant Aswani, Chris Buono, James Hogan and Terry Syrek), a drummer Gene Hoglan (being harassed in Death and Strapping Young Lad before), a tabla player (Cassius Khan) and even an adult female vocalist (Nenah Barkley) prison. Yeah, Martone is always ruthless for his guests, but people must be attracted to him by any factors, haha!
I think that solving the puzzle isn't too difficult. Firstly, it's necessary to write that a Canadian creates something beyond the guitar music standards. Secondly, his musical freaks oscillate between futuristic, experimental, cosmic and film, metallic, funk, tribal, and even neoclassical music. The ladder one isn't a joke! "Techno Bee'z" is a kind of the uninhibited cover of "Flight of the Bumblebee" becoming infected with techno music. If you wanna listen to Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov in a state of drunkenness, feel free to acquaint with it, but firstly call for ambulance, please, haha!
There is no doubt that his material is also very melodious and plenty of unusual and odd ideas within. What about a genre? Simply, it's an electronic guitar virtuosity on respectable level and supported by selective production! I am absolutely sure that a sane Mr. Martone has gone to Mars, soaked through the aliens' habits (hallucinogenic drugs for dinner?), come back home transformed as an insane hybrid of a Martian and a man, and finally recorded the album that can launch you off your shoes... straight Mars ahead, haha.