By some fluke, this message came individually to me before the Gentle Giant
digest arrived. Since I am aware that some of you are wondering what this
NEARfest band is going to sound like, I thought you might be interested in
reading this. I have not heard them myself, and I do not know this poster
From: michael eisenberg
To: Landgraf, Virginia
Sent: 1/31/99 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: nogg Scott McGill and the Hand Farm
Hi all...havent posted here in a while but I thought that everyone
should know about this incredible guitar player. Over the weekend I
attended two of his shows, one in Chicago and one in Racine Wisconsin...and
I gotta tell everyone, THIS GUY ABSOLUTELY SMOKED!!!
For those who may not know who Scott is, he is the guitarist for the
Philly based band Finneus Gauge. When not working with them or doing other
session work, he has his own unit called the Hand Farm. It was these guys
that he brought with him to the midwest for a couple of just totally in your
face, guitar god, ripping jazz fusion shows. As a point of reference here,
Scott, stylisctically comes from the Allan Holdsworth/Bill Connors/John
Goodsall school of playing. If these names mean anything to you, then you
know where I'm coming from. The Hand Farm are an intrumental three piece of
guitar (Scott), bass (Chris Eike from Finneus) and drums (Tom Poitras, an
animal behind the kit!!!) Their music is just wave after wave of intense
guitar onslaught that runs the gamut from ripping fusion, to 20th century
classical influenced pieces to down and dirty rock and roll to spaced out
volume controled chordal pieces.
I really don't tend to rave that much about live shows, belive me, I'm
pretty lazy when it comes to posting stuff on the internet but guys and
gals, if any of this sounds interesting to anyone, you owe it to yourselves
to check these guys out!! He has a self titled disc out that can be
procured through just about any on-line prog vender and his new release
entitled "Ripe" will be out on the Lasers Edge label in late March. He
played most of "Ripe" live and the audience response was totally ballistic.
The last time I felt this way about a show was when I saw Djam Karet live in
Baltimore at Orion last year...well this one was right up there with it.
Ok, I'll stop blathering on about it and go emtpy my drool cup, but
seriously, these guys are that good...they deserve your attention.