Gayle Ellett & The Electromags: Instrumental guitar rock with1970`s vibe.

Gayle Ellett & The Electromags– Shiny Side Up

For many years I have had a very good relationship with Djam Karet and all their bands and musicians. Now Gayle Ellett return with his solo debut album Shiny Side Up, and this is instrumental guitar rock with1970`s vibe.

Located high in the mountains of Topanga, California, this new group is focused on creating instrumental hard-rocking guitar music with a 1970’s vibe.  Utilizing a collection of 10 electric guitars and 5 vintage tube amps, their music has a traditional yet modern sound. Except for the occasional wahwah or phaser, no guitar pedals were used in the creation of this music. Just great guitars, plugged straight into classic tube amps … and turned up unbearably loud!

All music composed and produced by Gayle Ellett

Gayle Ellett: Guitars & Hammond Organ & Rhodes Electric Piano

Craig Kahn: Drums

Mark Cook: Bass

Gayle Eleett

 Gayle Ellett & The Electromags

Album: Shiny Side Up

Release Date: May 2022

Catalog Number: PSR-1-009

Format: CD, Digital & Streaming

Licensed and Distributed by PeacockSunrise Records


1. No Deposit, No Return 06:15

2. Highway 27 04:14

3. The Old Canyon Road 05:26

4. Southern Slide 04:48

5. Hardtailed Knucklehead 05:45

6. Donuts & Fishtails 05:18

7. Beyond The Milky Way 01:22

8. Brass Saddles & Steel Trees 02:36

9. Three Way Switch 05:31

10. Crash Bar 05:26

11. Trail Dust 05:10

When describing the band, Ellett, says «I formed this group because of my great love for guitars and the joy I get from playing guitar. I wanted to focus on the style that was popular back in my teenage years: the 1970’s. I wanted to spend more time writing melodies and stretching out as a player, pushing myself to improve as a composer and producer, trying my hardest to capture the best tones possible. And luckily, I’m working with Craig Kahn and Mark Cook, who are a great fit for this group. They are super talented, highly motivated, and really easy to work with. Craig is a really talented and aggressive drummer, and Mark is a amazingly creative bass player. Making this album with them has been really fun!».

«My #1 goal was to make an album that featured me wailing lots of guitar solos and playing memorable melodies», adds Ellett. «My other goal was to write really interesting and enjoyable music, surrounding those solos with lots of cool and evolving changes«C». He goes on to explain «I’m not trying to re-create the sounds of the ’70’s, but I am very inspired by the music of that era. I started playing electric guitar back in 1973, and albums like Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow and other Classic Rock records have greatly shaped my tastes in music. That’s why I play in phrases, it’s an older style that was popular back then. I’ve never written Rock songs before, and I’ve never made a ‘Gayle Plays Guitar Solos’ album, so all of this is rather new to me. And so far, I am really happy with the results!».

The band gets it’s name from the electromagnetic pickups that are present on all electric guitars. These electromags capture the guitar’s sound, and transmit it down a wire to the amplifier. Unique to electric guitars, they are not found on other instruments.

The album’s title “hiny Side Up is from the common saying among motorcyclists «Keep the shiny side up!” which means Have fun riding, and don’t crash!».

In order to maintain a more lively and dynamic sound, no compression was used in the mixing of this album.

Master musician Mike Keneally (who has toured the world with Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) said of this music «Once again, what a journey! Gorgeous playing and it takes me to places I didn’t expect at the top of the song – appreciate your willingness to wantonly change tempo as you see fit super fun! Yeah Gayle! ».

The artwork on the album is by the award-winning artist Matt Mahurin, who has created numerous album covers for groups like: Peter Gabriel, U2, Metallica, R.E.M., Tom Waits, Muse, T-Bone Burnett, Soundgarden, Motley Crew, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Joe Satriani, Cher and many others. And he has also illustrated the cover of TIME Magazine more then 40 times.

Currently, the band is finishing up a 5-song digital EP (due to be released next year). And they are also busy recording music for a 2nd album, tentatively titled “Friends”, which will feature many guest musicians from around the world.



Om Ulf Backstrøm (6856 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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